Sodexo, the world’s largest services company, has won the Environmentally Efficient Logistics award at the annual Foodservice Footprint Awards.

Sodexo was recognised for its chilled product consolidation programme, which brought together the direct dairy and direct deli supply chains into a central distribution network. The result of this consolidation has removed 132,000 deliveries, 100,000 invoices and reduced 86 tonnes of CO2.

The judges said of Sodexo’s programme: “Strong project looking at every aspect of a complex supply chain to benefit end users. Excellent submission. Good to see reference to how using a little extra packaging can reduce food waste. This is very well thought through and seems to be totally integrated into the business””.

The Footprint Awards, now in their 6th year, represents the annual celebration of the work that organisations in the foodservice industry are doing to in some way redress the balance for the benefit of themselves, their community and the industry at large. It is a celebration of initiative and innovation, of commercial imagination and endeavour.

Chris Johnston, supply management director, “These awards are very relevant as the need to consider the impact of operations on people and the planet continues to grow in importance. We are delighted to have won this award, the supply management team worked incredibly hard on this programme not only in the logistics of consolidating these two supply chains but also ensuring that our teams on our client sites understood how their deliveries would change and the benefits this would have on their day-to-day life.”

Sodexo was also shortlisted in the Social Impact and Diversity category for its Supply Chain Inclusion Programme.

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