Bidvest Foodservice UK, which has been renamed Bidfood, has been awarded The Planet Mark™ for a third year for showing good practice in sustainability.
Bidvest Foodservice UK has this week announced it will be trading under the new name of Bidfood. The change in name comes as the company is awarded The Planet Mark™ for a third year for showing good practice in sustainability.
The new name follows the separation of the global Bidvest Foodservice businesses from the Bidvest Group, when it listed independently on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in May last year, the company said. It means that Bidvest Foodservice UK, along with the other Bidvest Foodservice businesses around the world, have all changed their name to Bidfood to reflect the listing.
Chief executive Andrew Selley said the new name reflected how the business has evolved over the years. “When we made the move from Bidvest 3663 to Bidvest Foodservice, we also launched a new mission, vision and employee values, all centring on service excellence and offering the best customer experience in the market." This includes the launch in 2015 of plate2planet, a a ‘one-stop-shop’ digital platform that aims to address the growing demand in the food sector for useful and practical information about sustainability. The Planet Mark™ is a partner in the project alongside Unilever, Premier Foods, Delifrance UK, Vegware, Jacobs Douwe Egberts and others.
“Although our name is changing, these principles and our wider business priorities remain firmly in our focus, and I believe this is a stronger brand for us and for our Bidfood businesses globally,” said Andrew.
It means the company has been re-certified by The Planet Mark™ under the new name of Bidfood. Although Bidfood’s total emissions increased by 1.58%, The Planet Mark™ was awarded to Bidfood for showing good practice in sustainability, including, reducing its carbon footprint per employee by 6.9% in its latest reporting period (July 2015-June 2016). Other highlights include a 30% reduction in estate refrigeration emissions.
The increase in total emissions was mainly due to a significant change in Bidfood’s fuel composition policy; it no longer collects waste cooking oil for use within its delivery vehicles. In addition, cases delivered in the period increased by 6.4%, number of employees increased by 9% and fleet size increased by 15%.
In its next reporting period, Bidfood said it would continue with plans to phase out all vehicles that achieve less than Euro IV emissions standards; replace internal lighting with more efficient solutions; and introduce water metering across its estate.
These targets are part of an ambitious set of 28 sustainability commitments unveiled in Bidfood’s 2016 Annual Sustainability Report in September last year.
Regarding the name change, Bidfood said there will be a short period of transition from April, where the new name and logo will be introduced in phases across the business including the company’s corporate website, fleet livery, and depot signage.