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Vector Logistics wins contract for Pioneer Foods

19 March 2019

Vector Logistics’ pioneering work with Heinz South Africa has opened the door by landing an even bigger contract with Pioneer Foods.

Heinz Foods,  manufacturer of the much-loved Today, Big Jack and Mama’s brands, was wholly acquired by Pioneer Foods in May 2018. In incorporating Heinz into its business, Pioneer set up a new frozen foods division and indicated its intention to consolidate its frozen distribution into a single network.

Vector was already managing Heinz’s secondary distribution, and tendered for the new Pioneer’s frozen contract, which incorporates primary and secondary distribution as well as sales & merchandising. Vector Logistics not only won the contract, but value-added services such as plant-based cold storage (PBCS) and IT systems integration were subsequently added to it.

 “Vector had already established a mutually beneficial partnership with Heinz South Africa and were collaborating in a number of functions such as forecasting and supply planning. To help them improve their competitiveness, the team consolidated Heinz’s delivery points and implemented a number of other step changes – resulting in a 40% increase in Heinz’s service levels during 2018”, says Chris Creed Vector MD.

“Key to the journey has been open communication and a willingness to work together to Go Beyond. At Vector, relationships are as important as the industry-leading technology, world-class infrastructure and top-drawer skills we offer,” Chris concludes.