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Along the supply chain

How food gets to the shops

On its way to customers, food has often travelled a long distance. Various companies are involved in production, logistics and sales. The Nagel-Group is also part of this complex interaction: the food supply chain.

A warm autumn day. The weather is perfect for rounding off the day with a barbecue for friends. The sausages and steaks sizzle on the barbecue whilst the assembled company laugh and chat. Where do these different foods on the table or the barbecue at this moment actually come from? What stopping-off points have they already encountered before being eaten?

The first product goes with a barbecue like strawberries go with cream: sausage! Sausages consists mostly of pork, beef or sometimes chicken, and they are extremely popular, particularly in German-speaking countries. Even in Germany’s neighbouring countries, the production of sausages is part of everyday life. The Nagel-Group is often involved in the pre-production of sausage meat.

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Transports in different temperature ranges

The food logistics firm transports spices to the producer, for instance, at a temperature between 14 and 21 degrees Celsius, and the sausage casing at a temperature between two and seven degrees Celsius. The Nagel-Group then delivers the finished, packed sausage, also at two to seven degrees Celsius, from the producer to the relevant despatching branch, or transports it to the various countries of Europe. The food logistics firm also undertakes labelling of the individual packing units, as all the details must be understandable in other countries too. Defined quantities are labelled, according to each customer’s order.

The Nagel-Group might then transport the sausages by groupage and fast overnight routes for distribution to the respective receiving branches in the network, which is made up of more than 130 interconnected sites, or as a full-truck load to the central warehouse of the various supermarket chains. From there they are delivered to individual branches as required. That is where the customer buys the sausages which will end up later on their barbecue at home.

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Flexibility plays a crucial role

Less popular for barbecuing, but at least as delicious as a traditional sausage, are delicacies from the depths of the sea: salmon, tuna and trout are all excellent on the barbecue. Fish as a product requires special care throughout the logistics process, due to its specific requirements. Handling of import formalities, processing orders, warehousing and delivery within the requested time frame are all part of the challenge.

In doing so, the Nagel-Group is subject to the strict certification processes of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) which ensures sustainably certified fishing and the preservation of fish stocks. The company’s responsible handling along the whole supply chain is orientated to these principles. Traceability, as part of MSC certification, is of particularly major importance. In addition to the handling of imports, exports and goods in transit, speed and flexibility play a crucial role for this product group. At the same time, in specialist fishmongers, small quantities of different types are often required. These are order-picked by the Nagel-Group specifically for the recipients. Transport is undertaken in standard ice-packed boxes for fish products.

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Service for producers

For a barbecue party to be successful, however, it is not only having the right main dish such as fish or meat which is important. To satisfy guests, trouble- free side-dishes are also part of the package. One of the classics is a frozen baguette. The Nagel-Group also plays a part in the delivery of this product. First the relevant raw ingredients are required for production. This preliminary transport is also an important part of the supply chain. The producer mixes all the ingredients into a dough, and bakes the finished baguette. The Nagel-Group then collects the freshly baked product and transports it to the respective warehouse. For a longer life, the customer can call on various value-added services, such as shock-freezing.

Nothing rounds off a meal with friends better, however, than a delicious dessert, maybe something chocolatey, for instance. The food manufacturer needs various raw ingredients for production: Nuts, cocoa powder and sugar, for instance, are important parts of many chocolate temptations. Truffles, bars of chocolate and all sorts of dessert´s - this sweet treat comes in many forms! And for many production processes, as well as dry ingredients it is beneficial to have ready-made liquid chocolate delivered. Thanks to the tanker logistics of Schulze Liquid Food, a 100% subsidiary of the Nagel-Group, this mode of delivery is no problem.

More than a transporter

The company not only transports the goods to food shops or catering outlets, but is involved in the whole chain, as it delivers the raw ingredients and packaging required to the food manufacturer also. Various added-value services such as labelling, display-building, price marking, weighing and many others complete the portfolio of services. This makes the Nagel-Group not simply a carrier, but an integral part of its customers’ food supply chain - and ensures that the products needed for the next barbecue party will be available in the shops.

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