A CHEP customer for more than 10 years, Lesaffre was using the CHEPBox, a CHEP Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) designed specifically for food industry applications, to transport up 57,000 litres of liquid yeast each week from their Melbourne manufacturing site to their Perth distribution site.
CHEP approached Lesaffre with their new addition to the CHEP IBC range – the CHEP Intercon.
“When you’re a CHEP customer, we continue to work with you to evaluate ways we can improve supply chain efficiencies and business process, and decrease costs,” Mr Gaddes says.
“CHEP’s recommendation to change to the Intercon has improved business processes across the board for us. In the past 12 months we’ve reduced our freight task, freight cost and improved our OH&S standards.” - Russell Cotterell, Lesaffre
Made from food-grade polypropylene, the next-generation Intercon is designed specifically for the food manufacturing sector and can be used for liquid and dry food applications – anything from juices, edible oil, meat and vinegar, to liquid yeast.
The move to the Intercon has provided multiple efficiencies for Lesaffre; the biggest – the increased handling capacity of the Intercon.
Although the Intercon is more than 60kg lighter than the CHEPBox, it can accommodate 50 litres more liquid yeast. This means Lesaffre can shift more product, with fewer boxes, which has allowed them to cut an entire trip from the supply chain every three months.
Russell Cotterell, National Logistics and Purchasing Manager for Lesaffre Australia Pacific, says, “The reduction in the weight of our freight, combined with the ability to move more product has cut our annual freight component.
“The reduction from 144 trips to140 trips a year is a huge benefit as the Melbourne to Perth trip is logistically one of the most expensive channels in the country.” - Russell Cotterell, Lesaffre
Quality products that meet HACCP and ISO standards are also a priority for Lesaffre, and the CHEP Intercon features a number of innovations to meet the high standards of the food industry.
“A drop door on the side of the unit enables easy access to the base for manual filling and placement of liner bags, so our staff can reach further down inside the Intercon without having to bend,” Mr Cotterell says.
“The strong, lightweight construction also means the Intercon is easy to manoeuvre within our plant during filling, while the unit’s four-way design allows forklifts access from all four sides, providing improved OH&S standards and greater handling efficiencies across the plant.
“The smooth finish on the walls of the Intercon has also improved our OH&S standards as they are not only quick and easy to clean, but ensure there are fewer catchment areas for the liquid yeast to get caught.”
“Our people on the manufacturing floor, the forklift drivers, truck drivers and those in the Perth distribution site have all contacted me to say how happy they are with the efficiency of the Intercons,” - Russell Cotterell, Lesaffre
Mr Cotterell says that Lesaffre changed to CHEP 10 years ago to streamline their pooling model and since then, the company had continued to impress them.