Personal Protective Equipment: Food Manufacturing

Working alongside one of the leading suppliers to the food service & retail industries in the UK, and throughout Europe. As a multi-site family run business that has grown through acquisitions and expansion the individual procurement teams had developed their own requirements and supplier relationships. Working alongside the family leadership and the procurement teams to review their current requirements and supplier capability we undertook a consolidation exercise and identified opportunities across the group.

Client Overview

As a family run UK business our client has grown to be the leading specialist meat processing businesses. Having grown consistently throughout their history and acquired other specialist providers the company now has multiple sites throughout the UK and produces in excess of 1,000 tonnes of food products per week.

Supplying retailers, hoteliers, restaurant groups and other food service companies throughout the UK & Europe our client has an excellent reputation for delivering high quality produce.

Our Approach

One of the founding directors approached the team at Ebit to assist with a specific project around packaging. Having completed this project successfully we continued to work with the client to identify other areas where there were opportunities to consolidate spending and improve services delivered.

One of the first key areas identified was around PPE. With food & employee safety a paramount concern individual sites had established relationships with individual suppliers. The quality of the services delivered varied from site to site.

As a consolidation exercise we needed to benchmark the services offered and pricing against the needs of the client and their sites, and the wider market to see where value could be added and which suppliers would be best to work with.

Our procurement team worked with the various procurement teams to specify a list of requirements  for each site. We then approached the existing suppliers and wider market. Following rigorous selection criteria vendors were selected by the client.

Value delivered

The client is seeing an initial 12.9% saving  from their budget across their PPE requirement at all sites. At a time where budgets are under pressure and costs are rising, this represents a significant saving from their bottom line.

Equally as important for our client, they now have a consistent experience across all of their sites and companies within the group. This consistency ensures that their highest standards are maintained and reinforced.

With a reduction in the number of suppliers retained this also offers a win win situation where those who had traditionally provided great product and high levels of service have been able to expand their offering across the group.

Dealing with fewer vendors is also a great boon for the finance team who are already seeing less invoices to process.


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