Family owned, values led, William Jackson Food Group has selected Authenticate as the supplier engagement partner of choice following a competitive tender process.
Formed of four subsidiary businesses including Abel & Cole, Belazu, Jacksons Bakery and Wellocks, William Jackson Food Group were keen to find a suitable traceability solution to fit all food safety, ethical and environmental requirements, whilst supporting their mission of creating some of the greatest food in ways that make life better for people, the planet and communities.
Committing to tracing 100% of ingredients and products over which William Jackson Food Group have direct control, back to origin in their 2021 Sustainability Pledge, the main driver for adopting the Authenticate platform is to achieve live supply chain visibility.
With over 8,000 products, 5,000 raw materials and 1,200 suppliers crossing all brands, the first priority after onboarding will be to begin mapping the suppliers and their corresponding products through the tiers.
Following the mapping stage and after migrating all technical risk assessments and supplier approval documentation into the Authenticate platform, other modules (including audits, specifications, KPIs and dashboards) will enable the digitisation of other, currently manual processes, facilitating the efficient collection of vital data spanning:
Speaking of the new partnership, Lea Read, Technical, Risk & Compliance Director for Jacksons Bakery and project coordinator for William Jacksons Food Group said:
“Throughout the selection and demonstration process, we were impressed with the combined capabilities of the Authenticate platform and team. I look forward to seeing how the project progresses over the coming months as we collaborate across functions to drive transparency, optimise processes and centralise compliance data for William Jackson Food Group.”
In response, Alex Walters, Chief Commercial Officer for Authenticate shared:
“We’re delighted to welcome such a fantastic business and range of brands on board as a customer. Supply chain traceability for technical, and increasingly ethical and environmental reasons is no longer optional, so it’s an exciting time to be able to assist key stakeholders across procurement, sustainability and technical at William Jackson Food Group with their visibility and compliance ambitions.”