All our customers invest huge amounts of money and equity in their brands and are increasingly aware of food safety and reliability issues of the raw materials they use, particularly in the case of our distilling customers as many are laying down spirit for periods of 10 years or more.
We require 220,000 t of malting barley each year on our site at Bury St Edmunds - the second largest malting in the UK, but with only 10 days storage we needed a strategic partner to hold and deliver stock on a timely basis often to set, 30 minutes time slots on a 'Just in Time' basis.
Camgrain now meets this need and over the period of the relationship we have every confidence in their logistics and quality of store management.
Delivering to forward positions from April through to July – they now provide up to 1,200 t per working day to specification as tested by their own laboratory. This allows our staff to carry out other work on site.
It has also freed up capital that would have been spent on our own storage facilities to develop our own plant at Bury. And, as a result of the localised nature of the arrangement, some of our customers like to be able to visit their farmer suppliers; this provides them with confidence in the provenance of raw material.
Indeed, the committed knowledgeable grower base that Camgrain provides is a key feature that we can promote to our customers, helping to boost their confidence and secure a more reliable and long term supply agreement for UK farming.