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JBT Automatic Guided Vehicle Systems at Anuga FoodTec
JBT’s Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) Systems will be participating in Anuga FoodTec this year (Cologne, Germany, 23 – 27 March 2015).
AGVs provide safe, unmanned movement of raw materials, work-in-process, finished goods and waste in manufacturing and warehousing sites. They often resemble a manual fork lift truck, but operate automatically without a driver.
Best suited to multi-shift operations, the systems use flexible user-friendly software to reduce costs, and optimise deliveries and traffic control.
The systems are scalable and able to adapt to future facility changes. By reducing costs and increasing productivity they typically achieve a payback within two years. The European headquarters for JBT’s AGV business is in Leicester in the UK.
JBT/AGV will be sharing the stand with other JBT food and technology businesses, including Freezing and Cooking; Juice Processing; and Filling, Closing and Sterilisation on stand JBT: Hall 10.1; Stand A20/B29.
Yearsley Group Celebrate 60 Years With Gala Dinner And £60k Pledge To Charity
Having started out in 1955 wholesaling fresh fruit and vegetables from a site in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, the family, who still own Yearsley Group, could never have dreamed it would become the £190 million turnover frozen food sales and logistics provider it is today.
A brief history shows the company moving from fresh food into the wholesaling of frozen food in the early 70’s, followed by the building of the first cold store and the opening up of this to public storage by the late 70’s.
Since then both divisions of the business have grown both organically and by acquisition. The Food Division is now one of the largest independent frozen food distributors to all sectors of the marketplace.
As well as being the UK’s largest frozen logistics provider, the Logistics division has added Global and Ambient divisions ensuring they offer the complete supply chain solution.
Managing Director, Harry Yearsley commented: “As a family run business entering our 7th decade we are keen to share our achievements with both our employees and the community. We are holding a Gala Dinner in June to which 900 employees will attend and we are aiming to raise a significant amount for charity by the end of 2015.”
Harry continued, “Our aim is to raise £60k for 60 years, £20k is to be split between the 13 depot’s local good causes, with the remaining £40k shared between our national charities, Parkinson’s UK, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research and Help for Heroes. All of our staff are being encouraged to raise money and events planned so far include everything from distance events such as bike rides and the Yorkshire 3 Peaks to dirty events like Tough Mudder and sponsored slims!
"We are really looking forward to the coming year and hope to continue to succeed going forward both in terms of corporate goals, those of our employees and the wider community.”
LPR is celebrating a high profile account win after securing a contract with Nestlé which will see the UK division of Europe’s second largest pallet pooling provider manage the pallet pool for a range of Nestlé’s UK brands.
LPR, the ‘red pallet people’, has confirmed the partnership with Nestlé began with CPUK on 1 November 2014, Purina on 1 December and grocery on 1 January 2015. The partnership will see the two brands working together for the first time.
Jane Gorick, managing director at LPR UK, said: “I am thrilled that LPR UK has won the prestigious Nestlé account. LPR prides itself on its flexibility and adapting its services to meet the individual needs of its customers and we are looking forward to building a strong relationship with Nestlé and creating a comprehensive, bespoke service to suit them.
“The growing number of blue chip FMCG clients committing to LPR, including Weetabix, Carlsberg and Tolsa Group, demonstrates that our approach of flexibility, quality, reliability and listening to the customers’ needs is essential in the modern business environment.”