Atchison Topeka has announced the renewal of its distribution and warehousing contract with global leading chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut.
With annual sales of in excess of 2.5 billion, Barry Callebaut has been a customer of Atchison Topeka for over 14 years. However in todays competitive climate suppliers everywhere are under increasing pressure to continually exceed expectations by delivering high levels of service at reducing cost.
The Barry Callebaut contract will involve the collection of chocolate from factories both in the UK and mainland Europe and then storing the product in Atchisons new 20,000 pallet store. Atchison Topeka will then be responsible for delivering the chocolate throughout the UK to customer delivery points ranging from large industrial manufacturers to specialist gourmet chocolatiers.
Atchison Topekas investment in technology over recent years has not only delivered a robust business platform with exceptional levels of inventory accuracy, but it has been further advanced to deliver full integration to customer systems via the Wesupply web based b2b integration tool.
Wesupply provides business-to-business integration and supply chain collaboration solutions for both retailers and manufacturers. The level of automation and integration allows Barry Callebaut and Atchison Topeka to concentrate on core activities whilst sales order and inventory management processes are managed automatically with Wesupply.
Atchison Topekas, Managing Director, Mike Philips is delighted that the company has secured the contract renewal for one of the worlds leading chocolate manufacturers. This is a huge achievement for us and not just because of the contracts monetary value and prestige of working for Barry Callebaut, but it also confirms that the investment made in re-engineering our business during difficult times was the right thing to do and has it delivered levels of accuracy and service that are market leading.
Mr Phillips continues: The renewal of the contract has been a great boost of confidence for us and we hope to build upon this to secure a larger market presence in the food ingredients sector.