Sanderson wins major contract to cater for COOK Trading

Posted by Mark Ellis on Thu, Jul 18, 2013
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Sanderson, the publicly-owned provider of software for the food and drink industry, is delighted to announce that it has won a major contract to supply its food and drink manufacturing system to COOK Trading, the UK’s premier producer of gourmet ready meals.

COOK Trading has selected Sanderson as a strategic partner within a comprehensive business systems project to integrate and optimise their operations across sourcing, production and multi-channel distribution. Based in Kent, the rapidly growing COOK food business will gain operational efficiency and significant benefits by replacing a variety of disparate systems with Sanderson software, technology and consulting to accelerate its development even further.

COOK chose the Sanderson system, UnityF8, as the core Enterprise Resource Planning system because it is exclusively designed and developed for the food and drink industry. Sanderson has 30 years’ experience supporting top UK food businesses so the broad and deep scope of COOK’s requirements was comfortably met with UnityF8’s functionality.

The award-winning manufacturer and retailer will see significant advantages from integration of New Product Development, Quality Assurance, Traceability and Conformance Control. They will gain efficiency benefits from warehouse and factory automation with real-time warehouse and inventory management; touchscreen, integrated weigh-scales; and the use of mobile devices for data capture in production and the warehouse. Their supply chain will be driven and optimised by advanced forecasting, planning and scheduling, whilst their ‘high quality’ ethos will be supported by the software’s powerful order processing, fulfilment and customer services modules.

COOK expects Sanderson UnityF8 to deliver fast payback, from a compelling and strong benefits assessment. The system will help COOK fully exploit deep and meaningful management information, with powerful, role-based KPI dashboards for monitoring and control, and automated flagging for ‘management by exception’.

Richard Steele, Finance Director at COOK Trading said:

“We spent a lot of time and effort defining our requirements and evaluating the potential solutions. This is a hugely important project for us and it is essential we make the right system decision to support the business in achieving the ambitious growth targets we have set. We made the decision to select UnityF8 and partner with Sanderson as we believe the product to be a proven and robust system, specifically aimed at the food and drinks industry that will enable COOK to implement a solution with minimal additional development requirements. Furthermore, we are confident the experience amongst the Sanderson management team will help to deliver the identified benefits and a successful implementation.”

Roger Stares, Managing Director for the Sanderson Food & Drink business said:

“COOK Trading is exactly the kind of successful, rapidly growing and visionary business that flourishes with Sanderson food and drink solutions. Food companies that genuinely want to make a difference to their performance and bottom line need to look beyond generalist systems and service providers. In our partnership, COOK will enjoy proven cost-saving benefits from UnityF8 and the full support of our vast industry experience. COOK never compromises on quality and we believe their choice in our software reflects this.”

For more information please contact:
Mark Ellis
Tel: 0333 123 1400



About Sanderson

Sanderson is a publicly owned, UK provider of software and IT services. With innovative market-focused solutions aligned to specific business requirements, Sanderson builds long term relationships with customers to improve business performance.

About Sanderson software for food & drink businesses

Developed specifically for the food and drink marketplace, UnityF8 from Sanderson is a comprehensive ERP solution that provides control and visibility across the organisation. UnityF8 addresses the complexities of regulatory control by offering detailed functionality to meet industry requirements such as traceability, EDI, factory automation, labelling and new product development. Reporting and business intelligence options provide powerful management information to aid decision making and deliver excellent customer service.

New from Sanderson is cloud-based UnityExpress, an affordable, ‘all-in-one’ business system designed specifically for smaller food and drink manufacturers. Typically provided as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), it manages all core operations and includes recipe/formulation management and traceability for the food industry.


News At A Glance

About: COOK Trading

Business: COOK Trading has selected Sanderson as a strategic partner within a comprehensive business systems project to integrate and optimise their operations across sourcing, production and multi-channel distribution

Solution:  UnityF8