Against strong competition, Family business Oakland International secured Highly Commended at the National Red Ribbon Awards held at Wembley Stadium in London on Friday 15th July 2016 in The Innovation Award category for their specialist Distress Load Management Service.
Oakland International CEO, Dean Attwell, stated: “As a family business receiving Highly Commended in The Innovation Award is fantastic, and firmly places the spotlight on Oakland’s forward thinking culture, commitment and passion for embracing new and innovative technologies which has ensured we remain competitive whilst reducing food losses significantly for our customers throughout our partner networks.”
The Red Ribbon Awards celebrate the best of British family businesses by acknowledging their contribution financially to the UK economy as sustainable, responsible local businesses and employers.
Oakland’s Distress Load Management Service began in 2005 and has continued to see expediential growth year-on-year, whilst significantly reducing food losses for customers, loss adjusters and hauliers on distressed loads. Their advanced business approach and ongoing investment in a variety of energy efficient technologies and green initiatives, has succeeded in radically reducing the firm’s carbon footprint/energy consumption.
Dean added: “Capable of saving up to 80% of produce and with nothing going to landfill, to date we have successfully recovered circa 2000 tonnes of food, and with all food waste which cannot be saved, forwarded to anaerobic digestion plant centres where it is then be used for renewable energy.”
A multi temperature supply chain specialist, Oakland International supplies UK and Irish retail, wholesale, discount and convenience markets from their UK and Ireland facilities. Oakland continues to refine and innovate to help lead the way in industry change.