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Welcome to Food Logistics Forum

The CILT UK Food Logistics Forum focuses on the matrix that is the food and drink supply chain, in all its facets. With over 450 registered Forum members, interests cover from farm to fork, with retail, wholesale, foodservice and logistics service supplier representation. The Forum is also supported by academic centres of excellence with research, qualification, and management training interests including the Universities at Cranfield, Cardiff, Heriot Watt, Hull and Newcastle and the University of Wales. The forum aims to build on the sort of recently concluded project as SCALE, where CILT UK has collaborated with Cranfield, the Food Storage and Distribution Federation and other institutions on an EU Interreg sustainability project over the last three years.

The Forum’s wide ranging programme for 2015/16 includes visits to retail, manufacturing and third party distribution centres, with focus on transport, materials handling and IT systems and physical processes, allied to changes in consumer purchasing habits, and will also review the different practices driven by cold and chilled chain environments and the various disciplines that result. Current issues also include food fraud, traceability, food quality regulations and Good Distribution Practice. There will also be an opportunity to review the benefits of implementing the BRC Global Standard for Storage and  Distribution, as well as the Standard for Brokers and Agents, both fast becoming qualifications for suppliers in the retail and food service supply chain.        

Finally the Food Logistics Forum will also be working with other forums with joint environment and sustainability interests to review the current impact of the food and drink supply chain, and explore the regulatory, research and operational initiatives underway to make the global and UK supply chain more secure, energy efficient, resilient and sustainable – and of course profitable! 

If you are a logistician, at any level within the food and drink supply chain, this is the forum for you. You will be made very welcome.

Chris Sturman
Chairman, CILT Food Logistics Forum


Committee Members

Andrew Thorn MIOM CMILT    University of Wales Trinity Saint David 
Christopher Sturman FCILT FRSA       Food Storage & Distribution Federation
Michael Bourlakis FCILT   Cranfield School of Management
Richard Brooksbank MILT   Florette UK
Bob Steward CMILT   Lactalis McLelland Ltd
Stephen Knight FCILT   Barnack Storage and Logistics Ltd
Steve Ferrelly FCILT   Logistics Transitions
Simon Brookfield FCILT   Forbes HR

Focus Articles

  • January 2017 Food waste drivers: Reporting from Qatar - View here
  • February 2018 Interview with Chris Marrow, Director of Logistics, Sainsburys - View here
  • June 2018 A Challenge for Food Logistics Specialists - View here
  • July 2018 Revolutionising Temperature Management - View here 
  • February 2019 Impact on the Cold Supply Chain - View here

Above is just a small selection of articles included in past issues of Focus.


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