Based in Ashbourne Co. Meath and working in partnership with leading European fresh pasta producer, Giovanni Rana, supply chain specialist in warehousing and logistics, Oakland International, is directing their extensive distribution network to support positive growth in demand for fresh pasta products in Ireland.

With Oakland International managing transportation, storage, product and case labelling, prior to onward distribution throughout Southern Ireland since 2010, Giovanni Rana benefits from the supply chain specialist’s local knowledge and bespoke distribution route service for their unfilled, filled pasta and lasagne products via a major retailer’s stores distribution network.

Harry Johnston, Commercial Manager for Giovanni Rana (UK) stated: “Oakland International provides us with the flexibility we need to manage our logistics from Italy and Belgium into Ireland efficiently while at the same time responding effectively to our customers’ needs.”

Close contact between the two firms has ensured accuracy, flexibility and reactivity to any specific event, with Oakland International’s Ashbourne site able to offer its customers both ambient and chilled product warehousing prior to onward delivery into all Irish retailers.

Oakland Ireland General Manager, Richard Hill, stated: “Having created a bespoke solution to fit Giovanni Rana’s requirements, we manage the transportation of their fresh pasta from the UK, prior to storing and then transporting direct to the retailer’s distribution facility.”

With a reputation for delivering a highly reactive, innovative and customer focused service offer, significant opportunities are available within both the Irish and UK retail markets for European food producers to export. Service driven at lower cost, the firm’s supply chain solutions appeals to exporters previously concerned by the high entry cost and perceived difficulties in order management processes associated with the Irish retail sector.

Richard Hill added: “We are delighted to be supporting Giovanni Rana’s success in penetrating the Irish market and establishing a strong recognisable brand with Irish consumers.”

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Editors Notes:

Oakland International is a specialist in third party supply chain warehousing and logistics, and is a multi-award winning company. In 2011 they secured the award for Best Logistics at Ireland’s Checkout National FMCG Awards and the UK Business Initiative of the Year award at The Grocer Gold Awards. Oakland International supply chain functions encompass warehousing, picking and distribution for ambient, chilled and frozen products for producers and manufacturers, supporting Ireland, the UK and Europe.

Key industry associations include; British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF), Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD), Road Hauliers Association (RHA), Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF), Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and a member of the Chamber of Commerce for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and accredited by the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Company details:       Oakland International Limited Ireland: +353 (0) 1835 4855 e: [email protected] www.oakland-international.com

For all Oakland International press and media enquiries, in the first instance please contact: Kathryn Watts t: +353 (0) 1835 4855 m: +44 (0)7970 547469 e: [email protected]    

SPAR UK and Oakland International have won the Ian MacLaurin Award for Supply Chain Excellence Award, for the SPAR UK National Consolidation Scheme, a partnership between the two companies in this year’s 2012 IGD food industry awards.

Dean Attwell, Oakland International Managing Director, said: “We are absolutely delighted to win with SPAR UK as both companies are dedicated to reducing their carbon emissions through the introduction of renewable innovations ensuring we continue to deliver a sustainable and efficient supply chain initiative.

“By working together, we have been able to provide an environmentally beneficial service for the end retailers as well as suppliers and in-store customers,” he said.

SPAR UK and Oakland have been working together in this innovative and hugely effective collaboration, which is aimed at reducing SPAR’s overall carbon footprint, improved freshness and availability of product in stores and reduced wastage.

The scheme involves collaboration throughout the supply chain, including SPAR central office, RDC’s, retailers and their suppliers as well as Oakland International, leading to a huge impact on carbon reduction, saving road miles by using an efficient and sustainable supply chain route.

Vinesh Patel, SPAR UK Supply Chain Controller, said: “Since we launched our consolidation scheme three years ago, we have been able to deliver exceptional results in areas including improving freshness, availability of product, reduction of waste and reduced numbers of vehicles arriving at depots.

“I am delighted that both companies are being recognised as a finalist for such a prestigious award,” he said.

Tarun Patel, IGD’s director of supply chain and award judge said: “The finalists for this year’s Ian MacLaurin Award for Supply Chain Excellence have showed not only great vision, but also strong and successful execution in their supply chains. The changes they have made go above and beyond the requirements for day-to-day trading.”

The Ian MacLaurin Award is given to a company that has had a real quantifiable impact on the supply chain, thanks to recent innovations in areas such as cost reduction, faster flow of product, application of technology or synchronisation of production.

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Image details from L to R: Oakland International’s MD, Dean Attwell with Vinesh Patel, SPAR UK Supply Chain Controller.

Editor’s notes:

Oakland International is a multi temperature supply chain specialist in warehousing, distribution and logistics which has depots in the UK and Ireland, and encompasses Oakland Distribution. Multi-award wins include the Business in the Community Award for Carbon Reduction, the award for Best Logistics at Ireland’s Checkout National FMCG Awards as well as the UK Business Initiative of the Year award at The Grocer Gold Awards.

Key industry associations include; British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF), Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD), Road Hauliers Association (RHA), Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and a member of the Chamber of Commerce for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and accredited by the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Company details:       

Oakland International Limited UK: +44 (0) 1527 596 222 Ireland: +353 (0) 1835 4855 e: [email protected] www.oakland-international.com Twitter: @OaklandIntUK

For all Oakland International press and media enquiries in the first instance, please contact:

Kathryn Watts t: +44 (0) 1299 266 149 m: +44 (0) 7970 547469 e: [email protected]    

Established West Midlands family firm Oakland International has formalised its arrangements for supporting local, regional and national charitable organisations, officially launching The Oakland Foundation in June this year.

With focus now based on three core areas of Health and Nutrition, Education and Sport  help underprivileged children in the area, and to date the charity has received a number of requests for which they are now considering and some of which they are already working with.

“After statistics showed that six wards in Redditch have a higher proportion of children living in poverty compared to the national average, we decided our focus needed to be close to home.” said Michelle Higgitt Oakland International’s Health and Safety Manager

“The new foundation’s focus is to support under privileged children in the Redditch and Bromsgrove areas, and we already have a number of initiatives being looked at as well as our support and help with local homeless charities such as Nightstop, the Redditch YMCA and sponsoring the Bromsgrove Sports Awards.”

Since Oakland International began operating in 1998, the supply chain specialist in warehousing, distribution and logistics, now has depots both in the UK and Ireland, and has supported a whole host of charitable and community based initiatives in both countries. After a great many debates between the Oakland charity committee and directors putting forward the benefits of supporting this charity or that youth organisation it was finally agreed to set up a company charity with focus firmly based around local issues.

As part of their Business in the Community (BITC) agreed community strategy, the Oakland Foundation is also helping to formalise their approach to community volunteering, donation of food parcels, as well as team members offering practical skills and support with job applications, the foundation also offers help with promoting the good work the organisations undertake.

HR and Purchasing Director, David Hoey, commented: “We are a family owned local employer, with many of our team recruited locally, and we believe that our team is part of both the Oakland Community and the wider communities in which we live and work.

“Creating team engagement in the issues surrounding our local community is one of the most effective ways businesses can provide solutions. For instance, one of the cornerstones of the Oakland Foundation is the encouragement for our people to volunteer their time in community service projects which fit within the Oakland Foundation’s three core focus areas. It’s similar to the view of a village, where you rely on each other for support and advice in times of need, and having supported many local charities over the years, launching the Oakland Foundation means we can continue to drive the passion we have for putting something back in the greater community.”

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Image details: Helping and packing the food parcel initiative, John Cocks, Community Volunteer and Michelle Higgitt Oakland International’s Health and Safety Manager.

Editor’s notes:

Oakland International is a multi temperature supply chain specialist in warehousing, distribution and logistics which has depots in the UK and Ireland, and encompasses Oakland Distribution. Multi-award wins include the Business in the Community Award for Carbon Reduction, the award for Best Logistics at Ireland’s Checkout National FMCG Awards as well as the UK Business Initiative of the Year award at The Grocer Gold Awards 2011.

Key industry associations include; British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF), Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD), Road Hauliers Association (RHA), Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and a member of the Chamber of Commerce for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and accredited by the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Information sourced via the Child Poverty website.

Company details:       

Oakland International Limited UK: +44 (0) 1527 596 222
e: [email protected]  www.oakland-international.com
twitter: @OaklandIntUK

For all Oakland International press and media enquiries, in the first instance please contact:

Kathryn Watts m: 07970 547469 e: [email protected]

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“Phil contacted us following a chance conversation with my wife Sallie as they were looking to distribute Chokolit’s product into Europe. We began by simply providing free distribution advice and it’s grown from there.” Continue Reading →