2 Dec 2021
Compagnie Fruitière UK took the top award for Supermarket Fruit and Vegetable Supplier of the Year, sponsored by Perishable Movements Ltd, at the 2021 FreshAwards.
Compagnie Fruitière UK achieved a ‘world first’, opening its state-of-the-art automated facility for banana ripening at London Gateway. As well as this innovation, the company looked at all aspects of the end to end supply chain to identify areas of flexibility and efficiency in its supply models. Against the background of record levels of delays in shipping this company focused on how product is shipped and sought to put more product into containers, achieving 70 per cent more in shipping containers through London Gateway port, directly opposite its new facility. In addition, greater use of recyclable packaging and reusable trays is reducing packaging waste.
Compagnie Fruitière UK has stayed on course in the competitive market of high volume, low margin commodities and is future proofing its business, making a reduction of around 200,000 food miles a year.
The judges commented: “Compagnie Fruitière UK took on the ultimate challenge to go beyond ‘business as usual’ and is delivering long-term sustainable benefits.”