Distribution specialist, Oakland International, firmly established as an outsourcing partner of choice, has joined the British Contract Manufacturers and Packers Association (BCMPA), the official voice of the contract packing and manufacturing industry within the UK. With contract packing requirements both seasonal and all year, business growth in this sector is providing a major focus for the firm’s 2013 sales strategy as they move forward. Oakland International MD, Dean Attwell, commented: “The association plays a key role promoting outsourcing within the industry, and we are delighted to become a member, with our accreditation positive recognition for customers that they are dealing with a skilled partner.” Oakland International’s diverse contract packing operation across ambient, chilled, frozen food and non food lines continues to experience positive growth and encompasses frozen to tempering solutions, date coding and re-sleeving in temperature controlled conditions, overseen in-house by their BRC accredited quality assurance division. Rodney Steel, CEO of the BCMPA, commented “Contract packing is set to grow dramatically in 2013 and fits neatly as an integral part of the wider logistics offering provided by Oakland International. We are delighted to welcome them as BCMPA members.” With high levels of productivity demanded to fulfil exacting standards to meet customer’s fixed delivery schedules, Oakland International’s business strength in this all year contract packing sector is derived from its inbuilt flexibility designed with seasonal surges in mind. <Ends> Image details: Oakland International MD, Dean Attwell. Editor’s notes: Founded in 1998, Oakland International is an * award winning family owned multi temperature distribution and contracting packing specialist, operating both UK and Ireland depots, for food and consumer goods using ambient, chilled and frozen transportation into major UK and Irish retail, wholesale, discount and convenience markets. Key industry associations include; British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF), Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD), Road Hauliers Association (RHA), Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF), Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and a member of the Chamber of Commerce for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, British Contract Manufacturers and Packers Association (BCMPA) and accredited by the British Retail Consortium (BRC). Company details: Oakland International Limited UK: +44 (0) 1527 596 222 e: [email protected] www.oakland-international.com twitter: @OaklandIntUK For all Oakland International press and media enquiries, in the first instance please contact: Kathryn Watts m: 07970 547469 e: [email protected] *Latest Awards include 2012 joint winners with SPAR UK of the Environmental Contribution Award at the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards in the category of Contribution to Environmental Improvement: Climate Change and finalists in the Ian MacLaurin Award for Supply Chain Excellence Award, in the 2012 IGD food industry awards.