Oliver Chapman, CEO of OCI - UK's No.1 Fastest Growing Company - Comments
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UK food crisis will get worse unless supply chain gets more care

"The UK food supply chain is vulnerable to more shocks and lessons must be learned," says Oliver Chapman, CEO of supply chain specialists, OCI.


Oliver Chapman comments: 


"The UK's shortage of tomato, cucumber and peppers could spiral into something even more serious. The causes are multiple, but it's important to understand there are both short-term direct causes and underlying problems which magnify the impact of these direct effects.


"In fact, you can liken the challenges to peeling an onion. A vegetable which isn't in short supply! 


"At the outer layer, you have weather conditions in certain regions such as southern Spain, labour shortages in the UK and quite possibly a Brexit effect.


"Peel off that layer, and there is the policy of fixed pricing and small margins accruing to farmers. As Henry Dimbleby, advisor to the government on food strategy in England, said, a "weird supermarket culture" involving fixed pricing is a partial explanation. And, as a survey from Sustain found, UK farmers often only make a one per cent profit from the food they produce. https://www.sustainweb.org/reports/dec22-unpicking-food-prices/


"But peel off that level, and the onion's core reveals an approach to managing the supply chain which puts insufficient emphasis on robustness and resilience. 


"It is vital that food retailers not only thoroughly audit their supply chain, but take a holistic view and apply more robust risk assessment. Food supply must always be 100 per cent secure. 


"A shortage of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers is one thing, but insufficient resilience of the food supply chain could lead to wider food shortages, which would be disastrous.


"In short, the food supply chain needs more care, or food shortages will become an ever more common problem."

Oliver Chapman, CEO of OCI

About OCI:

OCI is the world’s first in commercial process outsourcing. It redesigns supply chains for organisations, to drive growth.

Working capital cycles are at their longest ever, restricting businesses’ potential for growth.

OCI harnesses technology and commercial process solutions to free working capital from supply chains.


OCI’s unique approach eases financial constraints, making businesses more agile, accelerating their growth.

Editor's note:

*According to the recent FT 1000 fastest-growing companies, OCI is the No.1 fastest-growing company in the UK, and the 3rd fastest-growing company in Europe.

The FT 1000 is the result of a joint initiative by the Financial Times and Statista, which conducted months of research, public calls for participation, intensive database research, and directly contacted tens of thousands of companies. In the end, it identified outstanding companies among millions of European enterprises.

Oliver Chapman is available for interviews and comments.


FT 1000: the sixth annual list of Europe’s fastest-growing companies - https://on.ft.com/35ceokx via @FT

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