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Temperature Controlled Logistics FSDF

Following the recent merger between the Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF) and Transfrigoroute, FSDF’s CEO Chris Sturman looks at what the alliance will bring to its members and consumers alike.

Keeping Britain fed

The FSDF’s main purpose is to ‘Pro- mote excellence in food and drink logistics’ by providing support and advice on cost effectiveness, environ- mental impact and sustainability, good business practice and legislation, to generate new business and networking opportunities, as well as represent the

industry to government and the media. The integration of Transfrigoroute into the FSDF has added more depth to these services and effectively created a one-stop shop for everyone involved in temperature controlled logistics, as well as offering added value to existing members of both organisations.

engineering and refrigeration. We also have safety advisors and specialists, including Ian Hancock, a self-employed health & safety consultant/trainer and FSDF member who was selected chairman of the committee in 2011. The committee provides support by identifying and resolving any potential risks, and I believe it will be of great advantage to our new members at Transfrigoroute. The Business Affairs committee is com- prised of associate members who provide free business services and legal consulting services for all our members. Together, both committees demonstrate the prowess, experi- ence and knowledge of the supply chain.

“At the FSDF, we aim to ensure that we continue to provide valuable membership services to the companies and organisations who help to keep the UK fed”


he past 18 months have been an exciting period for the FSDF. Back in 2011, we celebrated our centenary year, and then on 1st April 2012 we announced the merger of Transfrigoroute (UK) with the FSDF. As the sole trade body which represents and supports the interests of the entire food logistics industry, the FSDF has positioned it- self to include ambient food and drink supply chain following an increased demand from food and drink product and service suppli- ers to cover the whole range of temperature regimes from frozen to ambient. The merger with Transfrigoroute has ensured we have evolved to encompass the entire temperature controlled storage and distribution industry.

34 August 2012 Storage Handling Distribution UNRIVALLED KNOWLEDGE

With the support of our colleagues in Transfrigoroute, the range and depth of the knowledge we can draw upon is unrivalled in this fi eld, and the collective ‘voice’ we have is loud and undeniably persuasive. Transfrigoroute’s president John Clark and board member Graham Eames have taken their seats on the executive board of FSDF, and Transfrigoroute UK now fi ts alongside the existing specialist committees covering Techni- cal and Safety, and Business Affairs, cover- ing transport and logistics operational issues. The FSDF Technical and Safety Committee is comprised of highly professional individu- als selected from our members with a combi- nation of professional backgrounds, including

At the FSDF, we aim to ensure that we con- tinue to provide valuable membership services to the companies and organisations who help to keep the UK fed. The merger of Transfrig- oroute with the FSDF ensures we are building connections with a wider geographical network of expertise and establishing further internation- al business connections for both organisations. Transfrigoroute (UK) is one of 26 members of an International Trade Association set up by the United Nations, Transfrigoroute International. It represents the best interests of operators and associated businesses for the temperature con- trolled logistics industry throughout Europe. 

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