Our supply chain presents a wide range of logistical challenges – whether it’s transporting milk from more than 4,800 family farms to our processing plants daily, or distributing the resulting products to an international network across 50 countries worldwide. That’s why we’re continually evaluating and developing our methods to make them as efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly as possible.
Reducing our carbon footprint
One of the areas in which we’ve actively engaged in maximising productivity and minimising emissions is our fully owned fleet of milk tankers. This includes:
- Using AdBlue in our trucks to allow for more efficient diesel consumption, resulting in increased mileage per gallon
- Optimising collection routes so our fleet of fewer than 100 tankers can serve the 4,800 farms in our network
- Increasing the size of our tankers to reduce the total number of vehicles out on the road, allowing more products to be delivered in one go
But as an international supplier, our work to promote the sustainable transit of products doesn’t end with our own fleet. That’s why we constantly evaluate our wider transportation model, ensuring our products make it across the world in a way that meets both sustainability and customer goals.
In Europe, for example, we partner with logistics expert Geodis to use a multimodal model that includes short-sea and rail routes. Meanwhile, in the US, our deliveries are transported directly from a seaport to their destination warehouses by rail.
In recent years, we’ve also placed extra emphasis on reducing waste through our own packaging. This is about collaboration at all stages – both by asking our suppliers to send less wrapping, and by working with our customers to help us cut back on packaging when we send out products.
The benefits of this aren’t just ecological. Cumulatively, small tweaks in this element of the supply chain can also result in dramatic economic savings for our clients. These changes can include, for example:
- Streamlining dispatch and delivery processes
- Collaborating to reduce packaging requirements
- Working to reduce the number of intermediary parties involved
- Using different pallets for transportation
Our efforts in this area include working with packaging integrity experts. By conducting strength integrity tests on the materials we send out, we have been able to make positive changes that reduce the weight of materials and minimise waste, while ensuring the product is durable enough for international road, rail, sea and air transit.