Fowler Welch has been recognised as one of the UK’s most environmentally friendly businesses. The supply chain expert has won this year’s Best Practice in Logistics Award at the first Waste2Zero Awards.
The award, founded by Foodservice Footprint, promotors of sustainable, responsible business, is the first of its kind is this sector and recognises innovations in logistics that aid operators in waste management and effective food redistribution solutions, while making moves to cut the impacts of transport activities.
The awards evening took place on 6 December at the Ham Yard Hotel, London and saw the UK’s most forward-thinking companies gather to showcase the best sustainability practices in the industry. The award was presented to John Kerrigan, Fowler Welch Chief Operating Officer, by television presenter Angelica Bell and award sponsor Martin Kersh of Foodservice Packaging Association (FPA UK).
Fowler Welch was chosen by a panel of expert judges from across the foodservice and sustainability sectors to receive the inaugural Best Practice in Logistics Award for its work in reducing waste across the supply chain. To achieve this, the company has undertaken a number of initiatives such as adopting innovative technology and implementing strategic waste reduction collaborations with its customers.
So far these initiatives have reduced carbon impact by 11.1% through reduction of food miles alone over the past five years, saved over 10,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum and introduced 19 of its customers to food redistribution charity FareShare, facilitating the donation of enough food for over one million meals for vulnerable people.
John Kerrigan, COO at Fowler Welch said: “Waste remains one of the biggest challenges to the foodservice and hospitality industry and as a business we’ve left no stone unturned in our efforts to reduce waste across our business and our customers’. This has been achieved through a combination of investing in better, more efficient equipment, developing innovative practices and collaborating with customers to deliver impactful changes.
“As a business, we take our responsibility to the environment very seriously, so to be recognised by our peers for the work we’re doing to reduce waste across all areas of the supply chain is a real honour. Our approach is all encompassing and doesn’t simply focus on fleet and transport-based initiatives, and employees at all levels from boardroom to warehouse floor have been brought on board to ensure the success of the project, so it’s a richly deserved reward for everyone involved.”