PARIS, 28th May 2021 — The Consumer Goods Forum is delighted to announce the following new companies have joined our global membership community and, in doing so, have confirmed their commitment to our vision of better lives through better business.
Ocado Group is a UK based technology company admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange (Ticker OCDO). It provides end-to-end online grocery fulfilment solutions to some of the world’s largest grocery retailers. It created the award-winning UK online grocery business Ocado.com, which is now a 50:50 joint venture with Marks & Spencer. Ocado has spent two decades innovating for online grocery, investing in a wide technology estate that includes robotics, AI & machine learning, simulation, forecasting, and edge intelligence.
“There has rarely been a more important time for the retail community worldwide to focus together on our common goals, and the CGF is the preeminent global network for engaging on the issues that matter to leaders in retail and manufacturing. I look forward to Ocado participating in the network and learning from our peers across the globe as we rise collectively to meet the deep structural changes at work in our industry.” – Tim Steiner, Co-Founder and CEO, Ocado Group
As one of Britain’s biggest listed food companies, Premier Foods operates primarily in the ambient food sector, with much-loved brands including Mr Kipling, OXO, Bisto, Batchelors, Sharwood’s, and Ambrosia to name just a few. Employing more than 4,000 colleagues in 16 sites up and down the country, the Group is passionate about creating great tasting and affordable food that consumers love to eat, and is committed to doing this in a way that is both environmentally sustainable and socially responsible, always placing consumers at the heart of its strategy.
“I am delighted that Premier Foods is joining The Consumer Goods Forum and looking forward to our teams actively participating in the many worthwhile initiatives, such as Collaboration for Healthier Lives UK. With our much-loved, great-tasting products present in around 94% of UK households, we believe we have a responsibility to encourage the nation to make healthier and more sustainable food choices. By joining forces with other manufacturers and retail partners, and sharing best practices with CGF members, I really believe we can together drive the positive change we all want to see for our consumers.” – Alex Whitehouse, CEO, Premier Foods
Samworth Brothers is a fourth-generation family company producing high-quality food enjoyed by millions of people across the UK every day. More than 10,000 colleagues work in the business and we operate from some of the most well-invested and modern food manufacturing sites in the UK. We produce an extensive range of premium quality chilled and ambient foods designed for today’s consumer. Our customers include many of the UK’s leading food retail and food service companies. In addition to our extensive private label business, our consumer brand portfolio includes well known and loved UK brands such as Ginsters, Soreen and Higgidy.
“I am delighted to announce that Samworth Brothers has joined the CGF. As one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of chilled and ambient foods we are very conscious of our responsibilities to our colleagues, communities, the global supply chain and our planet. As a family owned and purpose led business we are looking forward to working with the CGF and its members to build our knowledge and to contribute collaboratively to positive change in the global food supply chain.” – Flor Healy, CEO, Samworth Brothers
As the only association in the consumer goods industry that is truly global, while embracing both retailers and manufacturers, and service providers, our members understand the value of our uniqueness. Many of the opportunities and issues that we face as an industry can’t be addressed by individual companies alone, or just by collaborating regionally. The CGF offers you a seat at the table, and our members know that our global, cross-value chain perspective is critical to helping drive positive change globally and in securing long-term, sustainable business growth.
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For further information, please contact:
Juliana Xavier de Lima
Manager, Membership & Engagement EMEA