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Food Processing Awards - Environmental Solutions

15 August 2013

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Environmental solutions 

1) Coca-Cola Enterprises

‘Don’t waste. Create’ campaign
Coca-Cola Enterprises' sustainability initiative is designed to boost the re-use and recycling of plastic bottles over the summer months. The ‘Don’t Waste. Create’ campaign will encourage consumers to use their waste packaging at home in a fun and useful way, while also pledging to recycle.

Launched on 14th August, the campaign will initially run for six weeks online on linking to, with in-store activation appearing three weeks into the digital campaign. By asking parents to submit their recycling ‘pledges’, the initiative aims to educate and inform families about the importance of recycling, while also suggesting activities that allow them to reconnect with nature and keep their families entertained during the summer holidays. ‘Don’t Waste. Create’ idea sheets are available for parents to download at home, outlining ways for families to imaginatively re-use their plastic bottles. Suggested ideas include a bottle bird feeder or self-watering bottle plant pot. After the activities have been completed, households are encouraged to recycle their creations once they are no longer needed.
The campaign website asks customers three simple multiple choice questions before prompting them to enter their pledges. By taking part, parents will receive a 50p off voucher on their next purchase of a 2 litre pack of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Fanta, Sprite or Dr Pepper and have the chance to win a family ‘glamping’ holiday in France.

2) Jigsaw
Premier Foods, the UK’s largest food producer, has extended its existing contract with Jigsaw, the specialist provider of large-scale managed transport solutions, to include transport management and lead logistics provider services at its new Corby distribution centre. The expanded operation continues an existing eight year relationship between the two companies to cover a number of well-known Premier Foods brands. Sustainability was an important requirement and Jigsaw estimates that its central planning, network integration, link loading of compatible flows and other efficiencies will save around 3640 loads and up to 750,000 road miles during the next year.

Premier Foods produces some of the UK’s best-loved brands. The new Corby distribution centre opened in 2012 as part of an ongoing business development programme. The location was chosen because it provided convenient access to the company’s production sites in the east of England and good links with the motorway network. It will distribute a number of Premier Foods brands to retail, wholesale and cash-and-carry customers throughout the UK.
When it was planning the new operation Premier Foods wanted to ensure that the transport component was as efficient, flexible and sustainable as possible. It has worked with Jigsaw at its facility in Skelmersdale, Lancashire since 2004 and recognised that extending the contract to include the new site in Northamptonshire would offer a number of benefits and efficiencies.

Jigsaw effectively operates as lead logistics provider for the fully integrated service with a single, centralised point of contact to manage all transport operations. A key component of the service is the integration of network transport operations with a seamless interface between Premier Foods, warehousing, customers, suppliers, hauliers and other stakeholders. This greatly simplifies transport and provides all stakeholders with a co-ordinated service.
Careful transport management by Jigsaw ensures optimum use of vehicles to minimise journeys and reduce costs by maximising vehicle filling through focused load planning. The routing and vehicle capabilities of Jigsaw’s network partners are utilised to create a highly efficient national service delivered by companies with regional expertise. The service includes management of outbound deliveries, primary in-bound deliveries, and back-haul operations on behalf of major multiple retailers.
Additional efficiencies and synergies are achieved because primary movements are matched back to key regions with the core fleet operating between Corby and Skelmersdale. In this way Jigsaw has created a full service that is adaptable, scaleable and flexible to meet changing demands on a daily, seasonal or regional basis. Deliveries range from full loads to groupage consignments. Initial estimates made by the company suggest that during the first year these efficiencies will save 3640 loads and up to 750,000 road miles.

3) Savortex
Savortex, a British technology company that designs energy efficient products, specialising in the global washroom sector, is running a corporate responsibility programme supporting WaterAid and the 6 Peaks Challenge.

Starting on the 6th July 2012, Syed Ahmed, Managing Director, joined employees from four UK water companies in their ‘Six Peaks for Bangladesh’. The six peaks they climbed were: Snaefell (Isle of Man), Snowdon (Wales), Scafell Pike (England), Ben Nevis (Scotland), Slieve Donard (Ulster) and Corran Tuathail (Ireland). The mountains range from 2,034 to 4,406 feet high and represent significant challenges for the climbers.

The team was made up of representatives from Sutton and East Surrey Water, South East Water, Essex and Suffolk and Welsh Water. Sponsorship raised by the group will be going to support WaterAid’s projects in Bangladesh.

4) Brunel University
A new Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains will be launched at Brunel University on the 5th September. 

Funded by Research Councils UK the Centre is a collaboration between Brunel, the Universities of Manchester and Birmingham, and 33 industry partners.

With end use energy demand in the food chain accounting for 18% of the UK's greenhouse gases this centre aims to develop energy-efficient food manufacturing, distribution and retail systems.

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