ERUDUS ANNOUNCES MULTIPLE NEW INTEGRATION PARTNERS AS NATASHA’S LAW COMES INTO EFFECT

Food data platform Erudus has announced a slate of new integration partners who will help extend the reach of their accurate, up-to-date nutritional and allergen product information to even more Caterers and Retailers affected by the newly implemented Natasha’s Law.

The new legislation, which came into effect on 1st October 2021, applies to all Pre Packed for Direct Sale (PPDS) food products and brings labelling under particular scrutiny. This new group of Erudus API integrations boasts in-depth labelling expertise, as well as covering both the commercial and public sector (specifically education campuses).

The new additions to Erudus’s Integration Partner roster are:

Civica – An IT based services partner in digital solutions, software applications, and managed services.

Cypad – A tech company that offers end to end cloud-based kitchen, cleaning and facilities management solutions.

Gen-Label  – A one-stop-solution for food labelling requirements.

NCCO International – Products include ePOS system essentials, disposable food safety products, and intelligent labelling solutions.

Andrew Pond, Business Director of Civica says: “We chose to integrate with Erudus because of its reputation and how the data provided complements our end-to-end approach perfectly. This up to the minute source of verified supplier data will make it easier for caterers to demonstrate their compliance with legislation such as Natasha’s Law and the Food Information Regulations and support their customers in making safe menu choices. They’ll also be ready for the upcoming requirements to publish calorie information on their menus.”

A Cypad representative says: “With Natasha’s Law coming into effect we are seeing an increased demand from our Caterers for suppliers to provide accurate allergy and nutrition information for the stock items they provide. By integrating with Erudus, Cypad suppliers only need to update their stock information in one place – saving both themselves and the Caterer time and effort, and ensuring nutrition and allergen information is up to date.”

Alan Bryson, Head of Gen-Label, says: “Erudus offer the market a brilliant solution to ingredient data management. Any business looking to comply with PPDS legislation could save time and ensure allergy accuracy far more easily than using traditional data entry methods. Ingredient data is vitally important to the food labelling market following the introduction of Natasha’s Law and this data can be difficult to manage without a system designed to support the supply chain.”

Karl Rose, MD of NCCO international says: “The partnership between NCCO and Erudus allows both companies to better serve the wide selection of catering outlets that require a simple way to comply with Natasha’s Law, and more effectively protect the health and safety of their customers. Erudus will allow users of the NCCO DateCodeGenie to access and apply crucial health information directly to the labels they need.”

Jon Shayler, COO of Erudus says: “Natasha’s Law is a game changer for the food industry, and it means more businesses than ever need access to accurate allergen data for food products. At Erudus we have this data, and it’s our mission to get it in front of everyone who needs it, so integration partnerships such as these are crucial. Because not only do they help spread the reach of the data, they help customers use it in the most efficient and effective ways. Civica, Cypad, Gen-Label and NCCO International are all forward-thinking, innovative companies that we’re proud to align with, and share our passion for making the lives of those in foodservice easier.”

For the full list of Erudus Integration Partners visit https://erudus.com/integration-partners

For more information on Erudus or their Integration Partners contact press@erudus.com or visit erudus.com

INSPIRED ENERGY LAUNCHES COP26 INSIGHTS HUB FOR BUSINESSES

Inspired Energy is launching its COP26 Insights Hub with a range of new resources to help businesses better understand how the announcements made at the forthcoming UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) will impact them and their net zero plans. This includes insightful blogs, downloadable guides, a webinar and the chance for businesses to get involved in live Q&As with energy experts.

The conference, which launches in Glasgow at the end of this month, has been billed as the most significant climate event since the 2015 Paris Agreement, and will see world leaders and government officials gather to negotiate and agree the next steps on the global road to net zero.

For businesses, the decisions made at COP26 will have a major impact on each part of their operations, from transport and energy to the built environment. To help organisations navigate the issues that will affect them, Inspired Energy’s COP26 Insights Hub will be packed full of content to ensure they receive the information relevant to them, as it happens. This will include how businesses can support their financial journey to net zero and a view from the Inspired graduates on how the next generation can drive the net zero agenda.

Businesses will also be able to download two expert guides: ‘What is COP26?’ which will outline the impact the conference will have on businesses and ‘The complete guide to getting ahead of your energy’, an essential resource for the journey to net zero.

For those who want to get involved, have their say and get their questions answered, Inspired Energy is hosting two live Q&A sessions with its experts during COP26. They will take place from 12:30-1pm, on 4th and 10th November. The first live session will be hosted on Twitter on the topic of ‘Navigating COP26’ and the second on LinkedIn for a discussion on ‘Decarbonising transport’ using #AskInspired. Inspired Energy will mark the end of COP26 with a live webinar to present the highlights of the conference for businesses and the chance for a final Q&A with the team on 12th November.

Mark Dickinson, CEO at Inspired Energy PLC, comments:

“The decisions made at COP26 will have an impact on all businesses. However, we also know that there will be a lot of information to digest, which is why we want to make it as easy as possible for businesses to access the most relevant information to them. They will also be able to ask our experts questions about the announcements at COP26 and how it will affect their decarbonisation plans.

“Businesses will play a vital role in helping the UK achieve its net zero ambition, and we are committed to helping them achieve their decarbonisation goals. We also want to lead by example, ensuring our own net zero and ESG objectives are embedded into our daily operations.

“COP26 provides a unique opportunity for businesses to be at the forefront of positive change, so our online COP26 Insights Hub will help them easily understand the main takeaways from the conference.”

Businesses can visit Inspired Energy’s COP26 Insights Hub here: http://inspiredenergy.co.uk/cop26/ (link) and sign up to receive the very latest news, straight from the conference.

 

Follow the latest developments from Inspired Energy via its LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/inspired-plc and Twitter https://twitter.com/inspiredenergy channels.

 

FMCG OPPORTUNITIES IN SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa is home to the largest and most developed economy in the African continent. It has vast potential and a highly developed economic infrastructure. As one of the most promising emerging market economies, it provides opportunities for growth and access to the wider African markets.

Join Santander Group and Daymon in an introductory session about South Africa and the opportunities there in Fast Moving Consumers Goods (FMCG).

Date: 04 November 2021

Time: 10:00 to 11:00 UK, GMT

12:00 to 13:00pm, South Africa, GMT+2

[45mins session with 15mins Q&A]

This virtual session will cover the trends, the landscape, appetite for foreign brands and the opportunities and how business can take advantage of them in South Africa.  We also will be providing further snapshots into the Foods, Beverages, Non-edibles and Pet Food.

Examples of Categories in demand include but not limited to Dairy, Frozen Foods, Health & Wellness, Chocolate & Confectionery, Non-alcoholic beverages, Homeware and Dog Food.

Join us

If you are looking to grow your business successfully in South Africa, don’t miss this opportunity to join the session. Please click below to register.

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To find out more, or if you have any questions, please contact Temi Ogunsanya or Andrew Williams.

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NATASHA’S LAW – IS YOUR BUSINESS ADEQUATELY INSURED?

From 1 October 2021, the painful lessons learned from the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse in 2016, and enshrined in Law in 2019, mean food businesses have had to change their labelling practices.

No allergen advice – Pret a Manger

Natasha had an extreme allergy to sesame and had bought a Pret a Manger baguette at Heathrow Airport. The baguette had no visible sesame seeds but contained sesame in the ingredients. However, because the baguette was made on site, it was not required to display allergen advice on the packaging.

Exemption ‘against the spirit of the law’

The case was subject to an inquest which found that exemptions around labelling and allergy advice to assist small, local kitchens were being used by large franchise brands, who effectively ‘assemble’ homogenous products to a consistent specification. In these circumstances – where it related, in Pret’s case, to sales of 200m items a year – such exemption was felt to be against the ‘spirit of the law’, dangerous and, in Natasha’s case, sadly, fatal.

Prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) – full labelling

Now, thanks in part to the lobbying of Natasha’s parents, all ‘pre-packed for direct sale’ (PPDS) will require full labelling, with allergens listed and emphasised (i.e. in bold and underlined). This is to help those with hypersensitivities help make safe choices about what they consume.

The full list of 14 notifiable allergens includes: celery, cereals containing gluten, crustaceans, eggs, fish, milk, lupin, molluscs, mustard, sesame, peanuts, soybeans, sulphur dioxide and sulphites, and nuts.

This is a hugely significant day for allergen sufferers in this country. The introduction of Natasha’s Law brings greater transparency about what people are buying and eating, lays down new standards for the food companies, and highlights the battle against the growing epidemic of allergies.

Is industry ready for the changes?

Since the Law was announced, direct-to-consumer catering services have had the Covid-19 pandemic to deal with, and concerns have been raised in some quarters about the readiness of the industry to meet these newly mandated requirements from October.

Small owner-operated businesses

It will apply to those businesses involved in preparing food-to-go, from small, independent cafés or tea-shops, to supermarkets and department stores with in-store cafes. Whilst some of the companies involved will have dedicated resources focusing on quality, safety and/or regulatory matters, many will be small owner/operators, whose passion for their food does not necessarily translate into an ability to understand and apply the regulations.

Public & products liability

From a general insurance point of view, it’s worth checking your public and products liability limits of indemnity (though these are 2 separate areas of cover, they commonly go hand-in-hand and share the same limit of indemnity). Many standard limits are inadequate to respond to a really major event, with minimum levels ranging from £1m to £2.5m. It would only take one event resulting in life-changing injuries to burn through these sums. After that, the business must fund costs and awards themselves. For many a small business, this would be crippling.

Once your business insurances are set up to weather the direct costs of such an event, the indirect costs of an actual or alleged case through reputational damage can also pose a significant threat.

Even if you have complied with Natasha’s Law, your operation may still be suspended pending the outcome of any investigation resulting from an alleged breach, and you will still need to manage the impact on the brand in the interim. Through social media, events can quickly spiral beyond your control and before you know it, if you are not careful, the best intended actions when dealing with this or your interactions with investigatory bodies can be counterproductive.

Crisis management – business resilience plan

There are steps you can take now, in relatively calm circumstances, to prepare for many worst-case scenarios. A business resilience plan should include what to do in the event of any foreseeable crisis to help limit the brand damage. Crisis management experts can help draw up pre-prepared public statements and provide training in how to deal with police and other investigating bodies, in the wake of an allergen reaction, for instance.

Talk to your insurance adviser

Your risk and insurance adviser should be in a position to help you, not only with policy and claims administration, but even more importantly, in advising you around your pre-event preparations, as well as standing shoulder-to-shoulder with you in the immediate aftermath and subsequent investigations of a major incident.

Whilst these may understandably be the last thing you want to think about right now, if you find yourself under the microscope following an allergen reaction (or any other crisis event), you will be grateful for having made such preparations.

If I can give you any advice on your company’s insurance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Gary Clifton, client partner

Chartered risk manager (North)

Partners&

07570 674164

gary.clifton@partnersand.com

https://www.partnersand.com/businesses/business-insurance/food-and-drink/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/garycliftonacii/

 

LUMINARY PROGRAMME CELEBRATES SECOND AWARD WIN

Company Shop Group’s pioneering Luminary Programme has won its second accolade, receiving the Waste Not Want Not award at the Grocer Gold Awards.

The Luminary Programme is a first-of-its-kind mentoring initiative for leaders and rising stars across the food and drink sector, seeking to deliver a step change in the amount of good food and products that needlessly go to waste.

This Grocer Gold Award marks the second win for The Luminary Programme, having recently received the prestigious Innovation Award at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Awards last month.

The Luminary programme is delivered by leading figures in supply chain surplus, with some of the global names participating including Amazon, Coca-Cola, Unilever and M&S. It combines a mixture of toolkits, webinars and individual mentoring, equipping delegates with the skills and insight they need to be the driving force for change within their own organisations.

Alongside the long list of global and national corporations involved – and Company Shop Group’s surplus experts – the Programme included expert witness speakers Dr Liz Goodwin OBE, Senior Fellow and Director of Food Loss and Waste for the World Resources Institute, the British Retail Consortium’s Chief Executive Helen Dickinson, Dr Richard Swannell, International Engagement Director at Wrap, and CEO of Biffa plc, Michael Topham.

Steph McGinty, Managing Director of Company Shop Group said: “At Company Shop Group, we’re incredibly passionate about finding sustainable, long-term solutions that benefit businesses, communities and the planet. That’s why we’re proud that our Luminary Programme has been recognised with the Waste Not Want Award by the Grocer.

“We created the Luminary Programme as we wanted to equip the business leaders of the future with the education and knowledge to tackle the immense issue of waste.

“The Luminary Programme was born through collaboration, and I would like to thank all of our partners, luminaries, experts witness and Company Shop Group colleagues whose passion has made the success of this initiative a reality. I’m delighted that this innovative approach has struck a chord with the industry and can’t wait to see its impact for years to come.”

For more information about the Company Shop Group and the Luminary Programme visit www.companyshopgroup.co.uk

 

THE NEXT CALAIS PORT USER FORUM EVENT ANNOUNCED

Developing on the success of our first event where over 76 attendees got to understand that Import process into France and ask nearly 100 questions to French Customs/SIVEP authorities and gain valuable insights – we are hosting another event! The Calais Port User Forum – setup and run by UK shippers to streamline the Calais port process and get better engagement from all at the Port of Calais.

Supported by the French regional government, Port of Boulogne Calais, Customs, SIVEP and regional authorities we are hosting another event focusing on:

  • Full UK Export via Dover process to French Import/ Customs/SIVEP with Q&A with authorities
  • UK Import process walkthrough and tour by Port of Calais
  • Join the port of Calais users forum

We will be arranging a return coach from Ashford to Calais and back.

15th November  1pm Depart Ashford
Visit Port of Dover departure process
Dinner in Calais with other UK shippers
Overnight in Hotel

16th November
Port of Calais SIVEP Tour
Port of Calais new port terminal tour
Import process walkthrough of the juxtaposed border including IPAFFS process
Return to Ashford approx 6pm

Coach approx GBP 140 pp

Book your ticket today

FOOD WASTE ACTION WEEK – ORGANISATIONS URGED TO JOIN FORCES TO FIGHT FOOD WASTE

Food waste brand, Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW), have announced that their second Food Waste Action Week will be happening from Monday 7th to Sunday 13th March 2022.

Love Food Hate Waste is keen to involve many more organisations to broaden the impact the Week will have through their customer and membership channels and is encouraging more to donate and put their stamp on this important environmental Week of action. High-street retailer and BFFF member, Aldi, have been one of the first to put their name against the campaign.

The week will focus on the most wasted foods and instil positive behaviours to help people avoid common triggers that can lead to food going to waste.

To find out more about Food Waste Action Week 2022 or how you could be a part of it, click here,

NEWCOLD: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF A GLOBAL DEEP FREEZE PHENOMENON

NewCold Advanced Cold Logistics strives to increase global food security by providing leading food companies with the most innovative cold storage and transportation services. The company has an international network with 11 locations on three continents with over 927,000 pallet positions worldwide.

Always striving to reduce the impact of their operations on the environment and local communities, NewCold optimise existing and new innovative concepts in the cold chain to achieve the best for their customers and the industry at large. The company believes that the efficient usage of natural resources together with healthy local community and employee relations are key elements which lead to outstanding financial results and business prosperity.

In keeping with this philosophy, NewCold incorporates a Triple Bottom Line framework in its core operations which enables the evaluation of company performance from different perspectives while creating greater overall transparency.

The company’s unique Triple Bottom Line approach embraces three distinct criteria: Planet, People and Profit. Firstly, NewCold recognise that all their facilities consume energy and use air and water for cooling purposes and so employ sustainable solutions wherever possible.

Then, in regarding their people as their greatest strength and most valuable asset, NewCold encourages all employees to focus on creating customer satisfaction, to promote long term customer relationships and sustainable revenues.

Thirdly, NewCold employ the simple formula whereby efficient operations combined with satisfied customers contribute to a competitive advantage, which in turn leads to commercial success.

This sustainable methodology is the driving force behind the success of NewCold’s existing Wakefield site and already is providing the operational foundations for a new deep-freeze facility due to open in Corby later next year.

“As with each of our sites world-wide, our focus at the new Corby facility will be on sustainability” says NewCold. “Both the Wakefield and Corby sites are fashioned on our unique cold store design and use around 50% less energy than conventional stores. This, coupled with our ability to reduce food miles by using high-volume trailers, will greatly reduce CO2 emissions and energy use.”

The new Corby facility sits on a 23-acre plot which, says NewCold, is a prime location in the logistics ‘golden triangle’. The site is in proximity with frozen distribution centres of retail and food service customers and perfectly located to help minimise consignment handling and logistics costs.

Key to the delivery of NewCold’s energy efficiency is the company’s state of the art warehouse management systems and fully automated handling equipment. These include FEFO handling (First Expired, First Out); shipment buffer zones to minimise truck waiting times; automated storage and racking; bespoke picking floors with automated replenishment and pallet discharge. All of which combine to increase efficiency and reduce energy consumption.

For example, the Wakefield facility, with a footprint of 129m x 170m and storage height of 41m., handles 4,000,000 pallets annually and in one, 24-hour, day can receive and dispatch up to 18,000 deep frozen pallets.

To help control this colossal, non-stop operation NewCold uses a proprietary WMS which is produced by daughter company Davanti Warehousing. Working in the company’s eleven facilities around the world, the cloud-based system, called CORAX, employs Saas (Software as a Service) to control all movements in the operation, while providing constant real-time information regarding consignments and equipment performance.