The annual awards, hosted by England rugby legend Matt Dawson, are to celebrate outstanding achievement within the UK’s fast-growing food and drink industry.
The judges were impressed with Natures Way Foods approach to getting the best possible quality product to their customers and ultimately to the consumer. This included initiatives based around sourcing strategy, full visibility and traceability of produce, accuracy of real time information, product quality and improved automation with increased productivity.
Mary Hunter, Managing Director of Columbus commented, “I am delighted for Natures Way Foods. We have been working with them for a number of years and they are always looking at how they can use technology to benefit their business and their customers. They are a great example of an organisation who are embracing digital change and thriving on it. We have a great partnership and I look forward to continued success in the future.”
Find out more about Digital Transformation at Natures Way Foods in an interview with, Head of IT, Stewart Wilmot and The Manufacturer Magazine, Natures Way Foods’ journey towards digitalisation
Natures Way Foods supply retailers and food service companies with prepared salads, prepared fruit, coleslaw and potato salad, dressed salads, and fresh food to go products.
Since the company began in 1994, Natures Way Foods has grown by expanding the customer base and moving into new fresh convenient categories and product areas, combining the freshest produce with the latest food manufacturing technology. This has included the implementation of Microsoft Dynamics as their ERP solution, which is at the heart of their operations. Stewart Wilmot said:
“We are so pleased and honoured to receive the accolade of the Food Manufacture Excellence - Supply Chain Initiative of 2017. The award is reflective of the commitment of our people and relationships with our partners such as Columbus UK. The strategic relationship we have with CUK has gone from strength to strength and we look to them to help us to continue to improve and deliver core processes and systems into our ever changing business.”
Another Columbus customer, Weetabix, was named as a finalist in the Supply Chain Initiative and Ambient categories.