Oakland International Distress Load Capacity Increased

Cold Chain Federation member Oakland International has deployed further resources for their distress load management (DLM) solution across their UK sites at Redditch, Corby, and Bardon.

BRC AA accredited and an EHO approved solution for same day or next day treatment of distress loads, the company typically recovers more than 85% of product and is trusted by major insurers who can attend and witness the distress load management process to verify exact waste and consignment recovery levels.

Oakland International’s Lee Whiting Chief Operating Officer commented: “By investing in a dedicated facility for distress load management, which incorporates a CCTV monitored rework area as well as dedicated multi-temperature chambers, means we can store work in progress and in quarantine product.

“Brand owners and insurers are quite rightly very aware of the potential risks associated with stowaways damaging or contaminating stock in transit, and the approach of simply throwing away the whole consignment and then seeking to claim off insurers was commonplace and resulted in an ever-increasing burden on insurers and hauliers with significant food waste, which otherwise would be fit for human consumption.”

Offering inspection and sorting of consignments where product safety is potentially challenged by stowaways or other contamination issues, Oakland International was the first DLM registered and recognised service which encompassed approved scientific methods for measuring surface contamination, working with, and treating damaged loads, metal contamination, shot loads, temperature abuse and pest contamination such as flies as part of its service offering.

With the onset of Covid-19 the company installed sanitising facilities which offer additional reassurances for brand owners and removes the potential for secondary risks of pandemic transfer via stock, with instant digital reports ensuring rapid information transfer flows to key stakeholders.

Lee added: “Commonly accepted risks of clandestine infiltration increase sharply when trucks are queuing or stationary near to the ports of loading. Delays in crossing times brought about by slower than normal border control checks and customs entries may result in increased numbers of clandestine activity, and with winter temperatures, the urge to use trucks rather than risk sea crossings is compelling.

“Offering a de-branding solution for brand owners allows stock to be re-distributed through to discount wholesale, foodservice and foodbanks so that good quality food does not go to waste.”

A total supply chain solutions specialist Oakland International offers contract packing, storage, picking, food distribution and is a brand development support provider for ambient, chilled, and frozen food to the retail, convenience, discount, wholesale and food service markets in the UK, Ireland and via their partner in Spain. A double Queen’s Award for Enterprise recipient for International Trade and Sustainable Development, Oakland is working towards becoming the first carbon-neutral business within their sector.


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