MADE EXTRAORDINARY: POWERING TEAMS TOWARDS BETTER

SafetyCulture takes a closer look at how teams can achieve extraordinary things in this new world of work.

When unpacking the structure of success, you’ll frequently find that greater heights are reached working together than working in silos. COVID-19 has been one of the most challenging periods for businesses, but it also demonstrated the power of teamwork as leaders and team players rallied together in the face of disruption and unpredictability.

Here’s the thing – more often than not, self-made success is a myth. A single person doesn’t own a successful outcome, they’ve earned it right alongside their teammates. And successful individuals don’t just take credit, they give it.

Today, we’re still in uncharted waters. New variants and waning consumer confidence lurk in the mind of every business owner. In short, there’s never been a better time to broaden our outlook in order to enhance operations in this new world of work.

Arm yourself with unique perspectives and practical insights at the SafetyCulture Summit 2021: Made Extraordinary, a global event designed for teams in operations, safety, risk, and quality. This event brings together an incredible lineup of speakers as they draw from diverse lived experiences.

Made Extraordinary is headlined by NBA superstar Magic Johnson, world champion athlete Diana Nyad, Lieutenant General Nadja West, and #3 CEO in the world Bob Chapman. The free event is set to inspire working teams around the world, delivering bold vision and hands-on tactics in equal measure, drawn from the diverse lived experiences of global and local leaders.

Broadcast live from Las Vegas, we’ll explore the structure behind success, innovation and the power of everyday teams.

SafetyCulture Summit 2021: Made Extraordinary

October 27-28, 2021

Introducing the Made Extraordinary speaker lineup:

Earvin “Magic” Johnson | The Magic of Winning
Often regarded as the best point guard of all time, LA Lakers’ Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s achievements include three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, 12 All-Star games, and 10 All-NBA First and Second Team nominations. After his retirement, the HIV survivor pivoted his success from the NBA court to highly affluent business ventures.

Diana Nyad | Never Give Up
Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad gained national attention in 1975 when she swam around Manhattan. In 2013, Diana motivated millions when she, on the fifth attempt, achieved her lifelong dream of becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida. On the beach, after over 50 hours of non-stop swimming, Diana declared to the cheering crowd: “We should never ever give up”.

Nadja West | Leading Through Uncertainty
A trailblazer in leadership, Lieutenant General (ret) Nadja West is the 44th Army Surgeon General and the former Commanding General of US Army Medical Command. She is the first African American woman 3-star General in the Army’s history and holds over 20 years of experience in executive leadership, crisis management, and disaster response.

Bob Chapman | Truly Human Leadership
Bob Chapman is Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, a $2.5B global manufacturing business with 11,000 team members. Over the past two decades, he has pivoted from traditional management practices towards Truly Human Leadership – a people-centric approach focused on employees feeling valued, cared for and an integral part of the company’s purpose.

These headline speakers will be joined by Deep Water Horizon survivor Caleb Holloway and QHSE leader Gary Bonnett to share their crises and safety experiences.

Made Extraordinary is your launchpad to level up. Reserve your FREE seat today.

INTERNATIONAL FROZEN FOOD NETWORK ANNOUNCES ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION AT ANUGA 2021

The International Frozen Food Network (IFFN) – a gathering of the world’s leading frozen food associations – is taking part in Anuga for the first time in 2021.

Anuga is the leading global trade fair for the food and beverage industry, and will take place in Cologne on 9-13 October 2021.

The aim of the IFFN is to raise international awareness of the benefits of frozen food and share best practice within the international frozen food industry. In Cologne the network will focus on its efforts in the areas of communications, sustainability and food safety.

For the first time the IFFN will present a round table discussion on the theme: Fresh, healthy & sustainable: why frozen food is a game changer for a more sustainable food system. It is being hosted by international digital news platform FrozenFoodsBiz, and moderated by its director, John Saulnier.

Dr Sabine Eichner of the German Frozen Institute (Deutsches Tiefkühlinstitut e.V.) said: “The aim of the IFFN is to raise awareness of the benefits of frozen food and share best practice within the international frozen food industry. In Cologne the network will focus on its efforts in the areas of communications, sustainability and food safety.

“This is the first time the European and American associations have joined forces to actively promote frozen food. Whilst the benefits of freezing are widely recognised by the food industry, what is less appreciated is the key role frozen has to play in helping deliver healthier diets and a more sustainable industry by preserving food and reducing food waste. We hope this important roundtable will help spread knowledge and understanding.”

Participation is open to all interested frozen food associations, and those taking part so far are:

  • Adepale – Les Entreprises des Glaces et Surgelés (LEGS), France
  • American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), United States
  • Britisch Frozen Food Federation (BFFF), United Kingdom
  • Die Lebensmittelindustrie, Austria
  • Deutsches Tiefkühlinstitut (dti), Germany
  • Unione Nazionale Alimenti Surgelati (UNAS), Italy
  • VriesVersPlatform, Netherlands

The network will be represented at the German Frozen Institute‘s booth in the Anuga Frozen Food Hall, (Hall 4.2, booth B11/C10}. The outcomes of the round table discussion will be available at anuga@home on 9th – 13th October.

MONTHLY MARKET INSIGHT – INSPIRED ENERGY

Inspired Energy are pleased to offer BFFF members the brand-new Monthly Market Insight Report. This report has been designed to keep you abreast of developments in wholesale energy markets, providing a distilled view of recent market drivers and indicative wholesale prices.

Inspired PLC is the UK’s leading energy and sustainability consultancy, managing almost £3 billion worth of combined corporate energy spend for more than 3,400 businesses.

For more information on how Inspired can help you navigate the rapidly evolving energy sector, contact Wayne Brown, Head of Strategic Partnerships on 01772 675258, or email via wayne.brown@inspiredenergy.co.uk

THE ESSENTIAL COLD STORAGE GUIDE: NEW COOLER AND FREEZER DOOR TECHNOLOGIES

Image: Rite-Hite’s Barrier Glider cold storage door improves on the technology of traditional cold storage doors. Innovative Iso-Tek® panels are combined with a Thermal-Flex Sealing System to help achieve superior environmental separation at the opening with lower energy costs.

Doors and walls play important roles in facility safety and work zone separation, as well as cold chain integrity. High-speed fabric roll-up doors are becoming more popular across all types of industrial facilities due to their forklift-friendly safety design. A forklift collision with traditional, bi-parting doors can lead to driver injury, product or equipment damage and costly downtime due to repair. Fabric doors allows them to withstand forklift impact and snap right back into their tracks – greatly reducing both downtime and energy loss as compared to traditional doors.

Cold storage facility managers are also becoming increasingly aware of the energy-efficiency benefits of high-speed doors as opposed to slow moving traditional doors. In addition to food, they are highly applicable for keeping pharma product within heavily regulated set temperature levels mandated by government agencies. This awareness shift is taking place globally, with the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) recognising the importance of high-speed doors. Its 2015 edition includes a revision to Table C402.4.3, which describes the maximum air infiltration rates for fenestration assemblies. As a draft copy of the table notes, their fast cycle times (up to 2.5m per second) minimises air exchange, which is a key part of reducing overall energy
losses through a door opening.

The Essential Cold Storage Guide: New Cooler and Freezer Door Technologies

Image: High-speed, roll-up doors are becoming a must for cooler and freezer applications.

Blast freezers present their own unique set of door challenges. Also known as “shock” freezers, blast freezers are widely used in the food industry to quickly freeze everything from TV dinners to fish to ice cream. Unfortunately, these massive blast freezers present a threat to in-plant safety for employees and equipment. The size, pressure and frost build-up in many blast freezers often makes the insulated panel doors very cumbersome to move. In some cases, these large doors (which can be as a large as 7m by 7m) have become so heavy and hard to open that employees have resorted to dangerous methods to open them, such as using a forklift. When left open even a crack, these doors can waste large amounts of energy.

Download the full Essential Guide here

HAVE YOUR SAY – HOW WOULD A 5-7 DAY NATIONAL POWER OUTAGE AFFECT YOUR BUSINESS?

As members will be aware, for some time now the BFFF have been active members of the Defra led Food Chain Emergency Liaison Group (FCELG).

Our next meeting, which is due to take place on 21st September, will be focussing on Power Resilience.

To facilitate the discussions, Defra would like your input and have asked members to answer the following questions:

  • In the event of a 5–7day power supply outage in the UK, how well would your business cope?
  • What mitigating steps have you put in place to deal with such an occurrence?

Any information you can provide would be gratefully received. Please send to deniserion@bfff.co.uk by close of play 20th September.

Of course, all information will be treated in confidence and anonymised before feeding back into Defra.

NCSC RESOURCES TO HELP MAKE THE UK THE SAFEST PLACE TO LIVE AND WORK ONLINE

At the last Food Chain Emergency Liaison (FCELG) meeting we were joined by representatives from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) who gave an informative update on the resources available to businesses.

Please see below a summary of those resources with all the links you should need. Feel free to pass this information on within your business and wider networks.

NCSC Subscription Centre – NCSC marketing emails:
Threat Reports and Advisories –The NCSC’s response, reports and advisories on cyber security matters affecting the UK.

The Weekly Threat Report – The NCSC’s weekly threat report is drawn from recent open source reporting.

NCSC Digital Lofts – Online seminars on cyber security topics, aimed at small- and medium-sized organisations.

NCSC Small Organisations Newsletter – The NCSC’s monthly cyber security newsletter for small organisations, including micro-enterprises, start-ups and the self-employed.

NCSC Cyber UK – CYBERUK is the UK government’s flagship cyber security event, held annually.

Cyber Security Pathway
A route the NCSC would suggest an organisation or individual takes through our products/guidance. The route outlined below, is starting at the most basic messaging.

  1. Cyber Aware  – Cyber Aware is the government’s advice on how to stay secure online. It outlines six actions to take to improve your cyber security and offers a tailored plan for you or your business.
  2. NCSC Newsletter – sign up link and description as mentioned above.
  3. Small Business Guide – Explains how to improve your cyber security; affordable, actionable advice for organisations.
  4. Top Tips for Staff  & Cyber Security for Small Organisations E-learning  – Cyber Security for Small Organisations and Top Tips for Staff are both designed to be integrated into your organisation’s training platform.
  5. Exercise in a Box – A free online tool which helps organisations find out how resilient they are to cyber-attacks and practise their response in a safe environment. Exercises include from 15-minute micro exercises, 1-3 hour discussion based exercises and a 3-4 hour simulation exercise.
  6. Response & Recovery Guide -Guidance that helps organisations prepare their response to and plan their recovery from a cyber incident.
  7. Ten Steps to Cyber Security – Take things a little further: breaks down the task of defending networks into ten essential components. – 10 Steps to Cyber Security – NCSC.GOV.UK
  8. COVID -19 Guidance – This guidance includes home working, video conferencing and moving your organisation from physical to digital
  9. Early Warning – Is available to any UK organisation with a static IP address or domain name. Early Warning helps organisations investigate cyber-attacks on their network by notifying them of malicious activity that has been detected in information feeds.
  10. Logging Made Easy – Is available to any UK Organisation. LME helps organisations to install a basic logging capability on their IT estate enabling routine end-to-end monitoring of Windows systems.
  11. Supply Chain SecurityThe guidance will provide organisations with an improved awareness of supply chain security, as well as helping to raise the baseline level of competence in this regard, through the continued adoption of good practice.
  12. Cyber Essentials – Cyber Essentials government backed certification scheme helps you to guard against the most common cyber threats and demonstrate your commitment to cyber security.  As mentioned, a lot of government and some private contracts are now requesting Cyber Certification as part of their tender process. https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberessentials/overview

NCSC have recently launched the Cyber Essentials Readiness Tool The Cyber Essentials Readiness Tool is a free, online resource that guides organisations through a series of questions related to the Cyber Essentials criteria to help prepare them for certification.
The tool asks questions about an organisation’s use of hardware, software, and boundary devices such as firewalls, as well as use of passwords and protections against malware and provides clear, non-technical advice for the user. Upon completion of the tool the user receives a tailored action plan that outlines the steps they need to take to achieve Cyber Essentials certification. This tool, developed by IASME on behalf of the NCSC – a part of GCHQ – was launched at the NCSC’s flagship conference CYBERUK 2021.

NCSC have recently released a few Threat videos. They can be accessed via the links below:

 

ICELAND BRINGS ROME HOME WITH NEW EXCLUSIVE PICCOLINO RANGE

Iceland is helping customers enjoy a luxurious dining experience for less this autumn with the launch of the new and exclusive Piccolino range in stores and online – including a spicy Mac n Cheese, irresistible Tiramisu and juicy meatballs in a traditional tomato sauce. All products priced at £3 are available in a two for £5 offer, and with prices as low as £1.50, this range brings restaurant quality food to shoppers’ homes for the most amazing value.

Iceland’s new Piccolino range is the ultimate Italian menu for home cooking. With everything from family favourite Piccolino Lasagne (£3.00, 525g) to the classic Italian dessert Piccolino Tiramisu (£3.00, 160g), there is something for every diner.

Families can treat themselves to a night out without leaving the front door thanks to the exclusive restaurant quality range – the best ever Italian products to land in Iceland freezers.

Iceland’s exclusive Piccolino Spicy Sausage Macaroni Cheese (£3.00, 400g) takes the ultimate cheese feast and infuses it with warming chilli sausages to really fire up the whole family’s forks.

For the pizza lovers there’s plenty to choose from including a Piccolino Margherita Pizza (£3.00, 428g) and a Piccolino Spicy Meat Pizza (£3.00, 458g). Shoppers can also pick up a Piccolino Cheese and Ham Pizza (£3.00, 419g) exclusively at The Food Warehouse. There’s also a Piccolino Garlic & Cheese Flatbread for just £1.50 – the perfect starter, snack or main accompaniment for any meal.

It wouldn’t be a quintessential Italian spread without plates piled high with delicious pasta and the Piccolino range does not fail to deliver. Alongside the classic Piccolino Lasagne (£3.00, 525g), Iceland is launching a Piccolino Spicy Lasagne (£3.00, 500g) which packs a fiery kick for those looking to spice up their dinner.

Don’t forget iconic dishes such as Iceland’s Piccolino Spaghetti Carbonara (£3.00, 370g) too, which features a creamy, white cheddar cheese sauce and is topped with smoked pancetta for the most authentic of Italian dinners. Iceland’s Piccolino Aubergine Parmegiana (£3.00, 425g) is also bound to be a crowd pleaser – sliced aubergines are layered with lashings of a classic tomato sauce, mozzarella and Pecorino cheese – ‘perfetto’.

Finally, to round off a belissimo dinner, Iceland shoppers can pick up the exclusive Piccolino Tiramisu (£3.00, 160g) for a traditional Italian infused with rich coffee for an authentic taste everytime.

The full range include:

For more information about the exclusive Piccolino range, please visit: https://www.iceland.co.uk/exclusive-brands/piccolino

 

 

STAR REFRIGERATION WINS PARTNERSHIP AWARD WITH ASDA AND CITY FM AND IS NAMED REFRIGERATION CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR AT THE TCS&D AWARDS 2021

The TCS&D Awards 2021 took place on 7th September 2021 as part of the TCS&D Show, and Star Refrigeration were announced as double winners. The awards ceremony took place at the East of England Arena in Peterborough and attracted hundreds of businesses and professionals in the TCS&D industry.

The event celebrates individuals and businesses making a difference in the temperature controlled storage and distribution industry. Star was awarded with the sought-after prize – Refrigeration Contractor of the Year. As a pioneer in natural cooling and heating technology, the company has a long trajectory helping the sector reduce its carbon footprint and transition to net zero.

Dr Rob Lamb, Group Sales & Marketing Director, said “We’re really proud to be walking away with not one but two awards from this prestigious ceremony.”

“Our team work incredibly hard to service the TCS&D industry so we are thrilled to be recognised as Refrigeration Contractor of the Year. We have also enjoyed showcasing how our energy optimisation software, Ethos, can cut carbon emissions for customers such as Asda who has been recognised in the Partnership Award.”

Star’s unrivalled knowledge of the TCS&D industry and unwavering commitment to its customers has been fundamental in achieving refrigeration related carbon targets for many owners and operators of cold stores. Asda, one of the UK’s largest supermarket chains, owns nine chilled distribution centres and thanks to an initiative between Star Data Analytics, City Facilities Management has now saved over 5 GWh of electricity and 1,100 tonnes of CO2e.

This significant reduction has been achieved by installing Star’s innovative data monitoring technology, Ethos. It was piloted at one of Asda’s CDCs, and proving successful in reducing energy usage, it was then installed at all of the sites.

Ethos is a bespoke data driven analysis software. It measures the energy gap between how the plant performs and how it should perform at optimal conditions. It can then suggest corrective actions to reduce energy usage to meet environmental goals as well as provide estimates on costs and savings.

Asda is the first supermarket to use this data-led digital twin technology across all their estates. Through focusing on energy optimisation and reduction, the company has driven down its property related CO2 emissions by 43% since 2015.

Anna Flanagan, Business Development Manager at Star Data Analytics, said, “We can all agree that industry and businesses must do more to drive down carbon emissions. Partnerships like this are a fine example of how this can be achieved.”

To find out more about Star and the Ethos software go to https://www.star-ref.co.uk/service-categories/data-monitoring/

To find out more about the collaboration between Asda, City FM and Star go to https://www.star-ref.co.uk/case-studies/storage-distribution/asda/