Grocery is going green, says IGD

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More than eight out of 10 supply chain professionals say their business has a formal scheme in place to improve sustainable distribution performance, according to the latest research by international food and grocery expert IGD.
“The research available on our recently-launched Supply Chain Analysis online service, indicates the food industry is largely on board the FISS Food Transport Champions Group’s efforts to help reduce the social, environmental and economic impacts of our industry by 20 per cent by 2012,” says Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive, IGD.
The six key food transport activities recommended by Food Industry Sustainability Strategy in May this year, include logistics system redesign, transport collaboration, vehicle telematics, out of hours deliveries, modern engine designs and larger delivery vehicles to reduce the number of journeys.
Alastair Sykes, IGD president and chairman & chief executive of Nestlé UK & Ireland, said: “The sustainability challenge of the future is different from the challenges of the past. Competition will continue to provide many solutions, as companies move to meet consumer demand for sustainable products. But competition alone will not meet the sustainability challenge. Greater collaboration will also be essential.”

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