New trade body for food logistics

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The Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF) has been launched as the new trade body representing companies across all aspects of food and drink storage and distribution.

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The FSDF has evolved from the Cold Storage and Distribution Federation and its roots go back to 1911.

Temperature controlled logistics will remain a major focus of the FSDF but the widened remit allows major support to be provided to companies in the ambient food and drink sector.

Federation president, James Woodward, said: “With mounting pressure from our customers I think it is essential that our industry has a strong and cohesive voice as well as a trade body that provides comprehensive and relevant services. This is what the FSDF is all about.”

The FSDF is positioning itself between the Food and Drink Federation and the British Retail Consortium to ensure that the voice of the logistics sector is heard long and loud and also that the food industry as a whole can, where necessary, finally speak as one.”

A range of new services is currently being developed many of which are focussed on environmental and sustainability issues. Later in 2008, it plans to launch a centre of excellence to provide comprehensive advice and support on all environmental issues from energy efficiency to carbon footprints and environmental policies to sustainable distribution.

A new and extended range of benchmarking and training services will also feature. Benchmarking because “if you don’t measure you can’t manage” and training because well trained staff are key to efficiency and safety.

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