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Food & Beverage

Companies in the food and beverage sector often have long and complex supply chains, meaning that managing these and ensuring compliance throughout the supply base can be a difficult and time-consuming process. By the very nature of their business, food and beverage companies source ingredients, products and services from across the globe to ensure best value and quality to customers. This can result in a substantial amount of administration, including paperwork, telephone calls and emails to suppliers to highlight and verify supply chain risks. Some of these compliance risks include ESG policies, allergens, modern slavery, anti-bribery, nutrition, veganism, Halal and Kosher, as well as supplier manufacturing site accreditation and insurance.

Trade Interchange’s ARCUS® supplier management software enables sustainability professionals within the food and drink sector to collect and verify large amounts of documentation and certifications to ensure that approved suppliers can deliver the services, ingredients or products requested, whilst complying with government legislation, industry guidelines and company policies at the best market value.


  • Automate supplier on-boarding and ESG information collection from official data sources
  • Central repository for supplier information at a supplier, manufacturing site and product level
  • Bi-directional approval workflows increase efficiency of supplier approvals and management
  • Protect brand reputation and manage supplier risk
  • Full visibility across sourcing, supplier relationships and products in a single platform
  • Integration with key industry systems including recipe management, risk and contract tools

Improve supplier management for sustainability professionals in food & beverage

ARCUS® Supplier Management Software, hosted in the cloud by Trade Interchange, has been proven to work in the food and beverage sector and delivers supply base confidence for companies like Whitbread, TGI Fridays, Domino’s Pizza, and AAK through a streamlined solution.

Trade Interchange has developed further functionality to deliver Supplier Management Hub to streamline Environmental, Social. and Governance (ESG) supplier information management. When an appropriate identifier is provided in the supplier record, for example – an RSPO membership number – ARCUS® SIM uses its API to check these official sources for all related information daily. Any detected changes are then updated automatically within the system. See our APIs here.

ARCUS® has been developed to provide the additional depth of functionality required by heavily regulated industries such as Food and Beverage. In addition to the core functionality of ARCUS®, which works across all industries, food and beverage organisations can benefit from industry-specific plug-ins such as Manufacturing Site Information and Manufacturing Site Audit, and modules such as Product Information Management and New Product Development.

ARCUS® has been designed and evolved by working with organisations in the food and beverage industry. This has helped us to address some of the major pain points professionals working in sustainability face when sourcing suppliers and products to meet existing and future needs.

The Software as a Service proprietary platform enables professionals in multiple departments to collect, evaluate and manage information from their direct suppliers. All the information is stored in the central database which enables all stakeholders and relevant professionals to access the data at any time (based on company-driven access levels) and removes silos of information.

Providing a complete end-to-end supplier management solution for the food and beverage sector, the ARCUS® platform includes eight individual modules that can be implemented standalone, in any combination or in any order that can be categorised into three separate families; ARCUS® Source, ARCUS® Supply and ARCUS® Product.

More information on the modules is shown below.


Collect, store and manage all supplier data needed by sustainability professionals in the food and beverage industry through a streamlined solution.


Efficiently centralise, manage and approve all supplier contract data required by sustainability professionals in the food and beverage industry.


Track and evaluate supplier performance against the KPIs that matter the most to sustainability professionals in the food and beverage industry.


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"Trade Interchange’s ARCUS® modules are a key tool in helping us realise efficiencies in terms of cost and time across many of our critical business processes."

Dan Urwin, Head of Procurement – Performance / Corp Services / Utilities / IT, Whitbread

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Case Study

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Whitbread PLC is the UK’s largest hospitality company, owning Premier Inn as well as Beefeater, Brewers Fayre, Table Table and Bar+Block.

Its “Force for Good” sustainability program aims to ensure that Whitbread has a positive impact on all of its stakeholders and the world around them, and has set long-term strategic targets to try and achieve this. This includes collaborating with its global supply base to support efforts against climate change to ensure that every supplier adheres to its robust policies on sustainability and responsible sourcing.

Whitbread extended its use of ARCUS® Supplier Information Management (SIM) to automate, digitise, and streamline its supplier on-boarding.

Configurable questionnaires are sent to and completed by suppliers to ensure that Whitbread is collecting all the supply base sustainability information they require, and this replaced a separate standalone system.