Fowler Welch takes to YouTube

Spalding, UK: Fowler Welch has launched a YouTube channel reporting the big issues affecting the supply chain.

The YouTube channel will help inform industry knowledge and debate on key industry topics such as the changing face of the retail landscape and sustainability in the supply chain, the company says.

In the first of the four Industry Insight broadcasts, Ed Garner, communications director of Kantar Worldpanel, offers his views on current and future retail trends. In the interview Garner predicts further growth for the discounters but also highlights the opportunities for the Big Four to fight back.

The series will also feature an interview with Alice Ellison, environment policy advisor for the British Retail Consortium, who offers insights into how sustainability is affecting the supply chain and how organisations should respond.

Nick Hay, managing director, Fowler Welch said: “There are many pressures and trends affecting the supply chain, we wanted to be able to give our customers and partners access to the thoughts and opinions of leading commentators.

“I’m confident viewers will find these interviews a valuable resource that will help them better understand the issues and respond accordingly.”

“We are delighted to have Ed Garner as our first interviewee. Ed is a highly-regarded commentator and has vast experience in the grocery sector,” Hay said.

“Additional interviews will be launched over the coming months with industry topics such as simplifying business chains and planning for peak demands being addressed.  Each video will look to build upon the previous one, by highlighting a different aspect of the supply chain, culminating in a channel that will offer a concise and objective view on the retail and grocery sector,” the company says.

TIP acquires Bell Trailers

Nelson, Lancashire, UK:  TIP Trailer Services UK has bought Bell Trailers (Rental).

Bell Trailers has a rental fleet of 1,400 trailers comprising predominantly of curtain sided trailers, although there are also refrigerated, box van and skeletal trailers within the existing fleet.

Bell Trailers will continue to operate from its existing site in Nelson, and will retain its existing management team.

Mike Furnival, general manager, TIP, said, “We are very excited about the acquisition of Bell Trailers as we are acquiring an excellent business which is fully focused on delivering quality equipment and service to their customers. The addition of TIP’s service products, combined with our UK and European network, should only enhance the excellent service currently being provided.”

US: Call to congress to reject new food taxes

Washington DC, US: A coalition of more than 60 US food including the American Frozen Food Institute and the Global Cold Chain Alliance is calling on the US Senate and House of Representatives to develop a fiscal year 2017 budget that adequately funds the US Food and Drug Administration’s food safety programs without saddling consumers and food makers with burdensome new taxes or fees.

The American Frozen Food Institute’s chief executive, Kraig R. Naasz, says: “As consumers continue to cope with a period of prolonged economic recovery and food makers and retailers struggle with fluctuating commodity prices, the creation of new food taxes or regulatory fees would mean higher costs for food makers and lead to higher retail food prices for the most vulnerable consumers.”

“Food safety is the highest priority for America’s food and beverage makers. As the administration begins to craft the fiscal year 2017 budget, we stand ready to work with federal agencies and Congress to ensure sufficient federal resources are allocated to FDA’s critical food safety activities without increasing costs for consumers and food makers.”

The American Frozen Food Institute and its allies wrote to the Department of Health and Human Services secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Office of Management and Budget director Shaun Donovan stressing that Congress has previously rejected efforts to impose new regulatory fees on food and beverage makers and distributors to fund FDA’s food safety programs.

The food coalition cautioned that imposing any new food taxes will yield crippling economic effects. The coalition wrote, “As consumers continue to cope with a period of prolonged economic recovery and food makers and retailers struggle with fluctuating commodity prices, the creation of new food taxes or regulatory fees would mean higher costs for food makers and lead to higher retail food prices for the most vulnerable consumers.”

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