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Tis the Season for Planning Ahead


To consumers, tinsel and turkey may seem like a long way off but for those supplying vital seasonal accessories, work is well underway. While most of us are still keeping a look out for the great British summer, it’s time for suppliers to turn at least one eye towards the end of the year and the challenges that seasonal demand brings.

According to retail industry commentator, Richard Perks from marketing intelligence agency, Mintel, Christmas 2016 saw increased food sales with an indication that consumers increasingly sought out trustworthy retailers. For 2017, he predicted a more competitive market where trust, reliability and value for money will play a strong role.

Predicting which particular products are going to be this year’s big sellers is only part of the conundrum. Providing fresh produce and chilled foods in the right quantities to the right retailer when they need them is a science in itself. Fast reactions are required to ensure that foodstuffs arrive just in time to fill emptying shelves and avoid spoiling.

Taking on board Mr Perks’ observations, producers must do all that they can to reinforce the reputation of the retailers they supply by ensuring that quality produce and chilled foods arrive in top condition. Supply chains need to be solid and traceable, every step of the way and partners must be chosen carefully so as not to risk loss in confidence from the retailer and the end consumer.

Time to complement your freezing and up-tempering facilities with food distribution crates that are up to the job in both quality and quantity. PHS Teacrate’s nationwide stock of returnable transit packaging (RTP) is not only cleaned to your standards but can also be delivered as soon as the next day, anywhere in the UK.

Hygienic plastic crates perform better than cardboard or wood with frozen and chilled foods, allowing your fresh products to be delivered safe and sound. PHS Teacrate’s dynamic pooling system means that we’ll happily supply your crates as and when you need them, allowing you to react to demand, and keep retailers and consumers happy.

Make sure that you’re one step ahead of the game this Christmas and speak to PHS Teacrate to secure food distribution crates for your seasonal produce today. They’ll be ready and waiting when you are. Now, all you have to do is remember where you put last year’s tinsel!