Written by: Trade Interchange

Posted on: 25/08/22

National Burger Day: Don’t bite off more than you can chew with supplier management

The UK burger market was reported to be worth a ‘whopping’ £7.5 billion in 2019, showing how popular a humble meat patty in a sliced bun is across the country in many pubs, bars, and restaurants. To mark this year’s edition of National Burger Day, we examine what foodservice and hospitality companies may need to be aware of when putting a classic burger on the menu.

Burgers are often (although not exclusively) made from meat, with beef being the UK’s favourite meat to slap between a sesame seed bun.

Whether your customers like their burgers “posh”, “dirty” or “naked”, large foodservice providers need to assure consumers that the beef they’re serving up is up to standard in terms of supply chain traceability, safety, and quality.

For many professionals in the foodservice and hospitality sector, particularly those in the procurement, quality, technical, and supply chain departments, and those responsible for managing sustainability and ESG information, this includes manually collecting this information either from their suppliers or from official data sources, such as Red Tractor Food Assurance.

However, this can be a time-consuming, laborious, and repetitive process for the responsible professionals, who no doubt believe their time could be better spent on other valuable supplier management activities.

Supplier Management Hub beefs up supplier compliance credentials

ARCUS® Supplier Information Management (SIM) is a cloud-based solution that streamlines supplier on-boarding, on-going supplier information collection and compliance checks.

The solution provides users with greater confidence in their supplier approval processes and supply base compliance with legislation and corporate regulations, ultimately helping the supply chain risk to the brand.

With the increased pressure faced by food and beverage companies to prove their ESG credentials, Trade Interchange has further developed ARCUS® SIM’s API capabilities and ESG questionnaire templates to deliver Supplier Management Hub.

One such example of an API is Red Tractor, a world-leading food chain assurance scheme that underpins the high standards of British food & drink, which includes their own specific standards for beef and lamb. To be Red Tractor assured, beef and lamb farmers must work tirelessly to maintain a rigorous set of standards that keep animal welfare at their core and ensure they can deliver full supply chain traceability and safety.

Unlike some other countries around the world, Red Tractor does not permit the use of hormones or antibiotics to promote growth. Over the last decade, British farmers have significantly lowered antibiotic use and now have some of the lowest usage rates in the world.

If a supplier enters a Red Tractor member number into ARCUS® SIM, the API automatically checks these credentials daily to ensure that all relevant information is still correct directly from the official source. Any detected changes are then updated automatically within the system. This means that ARCUS® SIM users save time as they no longer have to check these sources themselves for any potential changes, and it also improves data accuracy as the associated information is provided directly by the source – providing confidence that ESG and food safety information is valid and up to date.

If you would like to find out more about ESG in the food and beverage sector, you can complete the short form below to download our industry concern document. Additionally, you can read our blog exploring other APIs in Supplier Management Hub.

Read ESG in Food & Beverage Document…

ESG in Food & Beverage

Find out more about ESG issues in the food and beverage sector, and what practical steps you can take to mitigate these in your supplier management processes.

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New ARCUS® Integrations Blog

Throughout 2022, we have worked on new APIs for our ARCUS® Software, specifically so companies can more easily collect Environmental, Social, and Governance information from suppliers, reducing the costs, risks, and complexities associated with this area.

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ESG Video

This short video explores the importance of ESG supplier information management.

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