Compagnie Fruitière UK were presented with the highly coveted Supermarket Fruit and Vegetable Supplier of the year award at this year's prestigious Fresh Awards, held at Old Billingsgate, London on 19 November.
Sponsored by PML, Director, Nick Finbow joined the team on stage to present the award and share in celebrating the company's richly deserved success on the night.
Compagnie Fruitière 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 Compagnie Fruitière 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, the use of recyclable packaging and reusable trays has reduced the company's packaging waste and, in turn, it's carbon footprint, bringing it closer to becoming net zero.
"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," said Nigel Jenney, Chief Executive of FPC.
“Compagnie Fruitière UK took on the ultimate challenge to go beyond ‘business as usual’ and is delivering long-term sustainable benefits,” commented the Fresh Awards judges.