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In case you missed it26th January 2023

AF Blakemore appoints new chief executive

Willenhall, UK: AF Blakemore, the largest UK wholesaler to Spar, has appointed Carol Welch as its new chief executive. She will join the business in April, succeeding Jerry Marwood who is leaving to spend more time on his non-executive directorships and consultancy roles. Welch joins the business from the Odeon Cinemas group, where she is …

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In case you missed it26th January 2023

Don’t delay using new customs declaration service

London, UK: Exporters must prioritise plans to move to the UK government’s new export platform to avoid potentially costly delays, says Rhenus UK. The UK’s legacy customs platform is being replaced by a new model. Exporters have until late 2023 to move to the new system. Import declarations moved over to the Customs Declaration Service …

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In case you missed it25th January 2023

McBurney Transport opts for solar power

Ballymena, Northern Ireland: McBurney Transport is fitting its new refrigerated trailers with solar panels to keep fridge batteries charged and prevent battery-related breakdowns. The panels are from Genie Insights and installation follows a one-year trial. McBurney is now fitting 146 new trailers with Genie Insights’ solar panel kits. McBurney measured its fridge battery-related costs and …

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In case you missed it25th January 2023

DHL adds new reefers for Burtons Biscuits

Liverpool, UK: DHL Supply Chain is running 32 new temperature-controlled trailers in its Burton’s Biscuits fleet. Carrier Transicold Vector HE 19 fridges cool the curtain-sided, double-deck trailers, and are expected to deliver 30% fuel savings. The new units were specified by DHL and will support its GoGreen plan with fuel and energy savings, while increasing …

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In case you missed it24th January 2023

Deadline looms for Cold Chain Sustainability Awards

Reading, UK: The deadline for entries to the Cold Chain Sustainability Awards is next week, 31 January 2023. The Cold Chain Sustainability Awards is a new recognition scheme for the businesses, facilities and individuals leading the charge towards a more sustainable UK cold storage and temperature-controlled distribution. The awards celebrate those businesses who have met …

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In case you missed it23rd January 2023

Don’t ignore electric truck charging RHA warns

London, UK: Labour has pledged to scale up and improve existing electric vehicle infrastructure but the RHA stresses that the focus on cars risks ignoring the needs of commercial vehicles. The RHA attended a roundtable session on electric vehicles hosted by shadow transport secretary Louise Haigh. She outlined Labour’s plans for electric vehicle infrastructure and …

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In case you missed it23rd January 2023

Cold Chain Federation calls for collaboration to tackle food inflation

Reading, UK: Cold Chain Federation chief executive Shane Brennan has called for collaboration across the food supply chain in order to tackle inflation following comments made by Tesco’s chairman John Allan about food producers. Allan told the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg on 22 January that he believed some food producers could be using inflation as an …

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Cold Chain Federation advice on clandestine penalties

Reading, UK: The Cold Chain Federation has updated its guidance on preventing and managing clandestine entrants in light of UK government reforms to the Clandestine Entrant Civil Penalty Scheme. The changes, report here, to the scheme will be effective from Monday 13 February and follow public consultation last year. The changes include:  The Cold Chain …

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In case you missed it17th January 2023

Cold Chain Federation launches Sustainability Awards

Coventry, UK: The Cold Chain Federation has launched the Cold Chain Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate the businesses, innovations and individuals driving sustainability in the UK cold storage and temperature-controlled distribution industry. Applicants should use the relevant category’s short online form by the deadline of 31 January 2023. Five award categories are open for …

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In case you missed it17th January 2023

Brexit hits transport labour market worst of any sector

London, UK: Transport and storage has been worst hit by labour shortages since Brexit with a shortfall of 128,000 EU workers, according to new research. The 128,000 figure represents 8.45% of the total number of workers in the transport and storage sector. Other sectors badly affected include accommodation and food with a shortfall of 67,000 …

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In case you missed it16th January 2023

Government support withdrawal sparks energy strategy overhaul

Sutton, UK: Food and beverage manufacturers are increasingly re-evaluating equipment procurement strategies following concerns over winter blackouts and the planned withdrawal of government financial support, says Matt Watson, European manufacturing sector expert, Aggreko Europe. Temporary hire specialist Aggreko’s warning comes in the wake of the news that the government is to reduce assistance on business …

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In case you missed it10th January 2023

All cold store operators must qualify for energy support says Cold Chain Federation

Reading, UK: The government must ensure all cold storage operators can qualify for enhanced support when energy bill relief is slashed at the end of March 2023, the Cold Chain Federation says. Only a small proportion of cold storage operators will qualify for enhanced support based on the government’s initial eligibility list, the federation says. …

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