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Food & beverage trends for 2019

A digital transformation driven by data analytics

Pepsico Ventures Accelerating startups through the Nutrition Greenhouse

Digitally disrupting the future of food ordering

Rotana Hotel Management: a story of sustainable growth


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reveals how white-label technology platforms could offer a helping hand.

For our cover story this month, we sat down with Tim Nall, Senior Vice President and CIO of Brown-Forman, to learn how the Jack Daniel’s maker hopes to cement its legacy with a datadriven digital transformation.

On top of this, we’ll also look at the top industry events you won’t want to miss and the top ten trends that are set to disrupt the food, drink and hospitality sectors in 2019.

Rotana Hotel Management PJSC also features on the cover of our December issue. Catherine Sturman caught up with Christiane Zeidan, the company’s Head of Sustainability, to learn how it has become a leading yet sustainable hospitality player. Elsewhere, we speak to Daniel Grubbs, Managing Director at PepsiCo Ventures Group, to learn how the group’s latest Nutrition Greenhouse accelerator plans to help food and beverage startups cut through the noise.

Don’t forget to check out our company profiles on Accor Hotels, Scandic Hotels and much more. We hope you enjoy this month’s bumper issue and, as ever, you can find us across social media @FDFWorld. Enjoy the issue! Laura Mullan. laura.mullan@bizclikmedia.com

As the takeaway market skyrockets, Preoday’s COO, Matt Graywood,

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10 Brown-Forman EMBARKS ON A DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION DRIVEN BY DATA ANALYTICS

28 P E P S I CO VE NTU R E S :

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Accor Hotels

Procurement transformation through a commitment to local sourcing

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Rotana Hotel Management

Rotana Hotels: developing a sustainable portfolio for the future

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Arborea Hotels

PROVIDING UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES WITHIN A NEW HOTEL CONCEPT


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Scandic Hotels

Digital transformation for sustainability, health and the guest experience

152 VLH uses strategic procurement to provide world class hotel services

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Aditya Birla Textiles

Innovation: the golden thread that ties Aditya Birla Textiles together

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Brown-Forman may be better known for its iconic repertoire of spirits and wines, but the American company is also earning its stripes as a digital trailblazer

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rom Jack Daniels to Woodford Reserve, Old Forester to Canadian Mist, today Brown-Forman’s brands

are a mainstay of any bar or cocktail cabinet. The American wine and spirits company was founded almost 150 years ago when the founder, George Garvin Brown, created Old Forester, a brand that is often cited as America’s first bottled bourbon – and it seems that this pioneering approach is still present today. The century-old company is keen to preserve its long-lasting legacy but it isn’t naïve enough to think that the alcohol market will be untouched by the latest wave of digitization. In fact, Brown-Forman has put its weight behind a root-and-branch digital transformation that hopes to cement its brands as household favourites for years to come.

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“We look at every employee as a tremendous brand builder” — Tim Nall, Senior Vice President and CIO at Brown-Forman

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15 With over 18 years of experience at Brown-Forman under his belt, this job has fallen partly into the capable hands of Tim Nall, Senior Vice President and Chief Information and Data Officer (CIO/CDO). With an acute understanding of the inner workings of the American company, married with a continuous improvement mindset, Nall and his team have ensured that IT no longer plays a back-end function but rather is a key strategic driver of Brown-Forman’s operations. “Brown-Forman used to be a traditional place where IT was viewed as a back-office function,” observes w w w.busi ne ssc hief. com


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Nall. “But a few years ago, we began to look at what tools Brown-Forman needed to really advance in this data economy. We began to view IT as an enabler and business partner, a function that could provide true solutions not just for the back office but for production teams, sales teams and marketing teams.” This has been a seismic shift in mindset for Brown-Forman, but it is undoubtedly an essential step for any company wanting to remain at the top of its game in today’s digital economy. Storytelling and brand building are the 16

backbone of a successful food or beverage brand, and it is a skill which Brown-Forman has honed for decades. “We absolutely believe the consumer is king,” observes Nall. “Our ultimate goal is for our consumers to understand our product – we want them to make educated choices, we want them to be fans of our brands.” How best to connect with these consumers is a pressing question for any food and beverage business, and Nall believes that technology could be a key part of the solution. “Whether you’re communicating on social media with that consumer, whether you’re creating interactive tools for that consumer, how you’re targeting that consumer – it all requires technology,” he explains. DECEMBER 2018


CLICK TO WATCH : ‘WHO IS BROWN-FORMAN?’ 17 Over the past few years, the Jack Daniels maker has implemented a slew of technologies to become a more digitally savvy firm. These include everything from cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools to a modern data stack. “First, we realized our existing data stack was not adequate enough for us to really gather, harmonize and interrogate our information. We knew we had to modernize, so we started looking for a modern data ingestion platform that our employees could leverage and we settled on Talend as our partner working with the Talend Data Fabric,” explains Nall. “We knew we also wanted a modern, robust w w w.busi ne ssc hief. com


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“We want our consumers to know the stories behind Brown-Forman. We want them to engage with us so that we can tell them about Old Forester, the first bottled bourbon. We want them to understand our recipes so that they can create the perfect Manhattan” — Tim Nall, Senior Vice President and CIO at Brown-Forman

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warehouse for all this information to go into so we chose to work with Cloudera. Then we asked ourselves how our employees and our partners would really interrogate and examine the information that we give them. We wanted to ensure that we had modern toolsets out there as well, so we looked at different products and settled on Tableau as our visualization platform and RStudio as our analytical, statistical modeling platform.” Through these cutting-edge technologies, BrownForman has sought to democratize

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data and its analytics so that employees from all departments can utilize this for their own ad hoc analyses every day. Gaining the data is only the beginning. For this tool to really earn its stripes, Nall points out that you need to gain true insight and analysis of the figures. “We’re always cautious to say that, in a way, the data isn’t doing anything,” he explains. “It’s the insights we’re gleaning from the information that are important. Data without analysis is wasted money. We’ve transformed how we look at the information; it’s w w w.busi ne ssc hief. com


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surfacing new ideas that are really driving positive action within the company.” At Brown-Forman, data has been the bread and butter of the company’s digital transformation and it’s helping to deliver insights that drive tangible, real-life results, such as more informed pricing decisions. “It’s helped us see how our competitors are moving with regards to their price and how that affects us. Over the past few months, we’ve been rolling out a revenue management application globally that’s been well received,” explains Nall. Data analysis 20

$3.25bn Approximate revenue

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Year founded

4,600

Approximate number of employees

has touched every corner of the American company, including the heart of its operations: its production division. “We worked closely with the production organization and we saw that there

well known for its captivating market-

were issues that data analytics could

ing efforts but the company has taken

help resolve. Using data, we’ve taken

this one step further with its use of

a hard look at our barrel yield to see

data technology “We’ve engaged

what issues could be affecting it.

with partners like Salesforce to help us

Leveraging a lot of internal information

provide modern toolsets, and we’ve

and even external information like the

also looked at exact target marketing

temperature and other variables, we’ve

and consumer journeys so we can

provided dashboards that are really

better communicate with our customers

helping our production partners better

and deliver a better experience,” says

manage and forecast barrel yield.”

Nall. The wine and spirits firm has also

With its quintessential southern

made its first foray into chatbots and

American charm, Brown-Forman is

has used SMS text engagement at its

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distillery tours. Additionally, as a sponsor

employees but are also viewed as

of the Kentucky Derby, Brown-Forman

brand ambassadors. “We look at every

says it can use a balance of marketing

employee as a tremendous brand

and data analytics to track whether

builder,” observes Nall. “We want our

event promotions have been effective

consumers to know the stories behind

and to forecast the success of its

Brown-Forman. We want them to

future campaigns. This, in turn, helps

engage with us so that we can tell them

marketing dollars go further and

about Old Forester, the first bottled

increases brand awareness.

bourbon. We want them to understand

The biggest tool for marketing, though,

our recipes so that they can create the

is undoubtedly Brown-Forman’s team.

perfect Manhattan. I think that’s the

With a 4,600-strong workforce world-

real benefit for the consumer: they get

wide, teams are not only seen as

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We view data and analytics as playing a significant role in our future successes.” Over the past decade, technology has undoubtedly revolutionized the customer experience. With a few swipes and taps of our devices, we can get the goods and services we want when we want them. Today’s consumers expect their experience to be seamless and indeed today’s workforces are no different. “Just like we want to understand the expectations of our consumers, we also want to understand the expectations 22

our employees,” Nall adds. “Our employees expect a consumer-like experience.” Making working life simpler for staff in over 160 countries is not an easy feat, but by leveraging trailblazing technologies and processes Brown-Forman is hoping to bridge geographical gaps and bring its teams closer together. “Whether it’s regarding their paycheques, their communications or their training, we want to make sure that it’s delivered seamlessly and that our employees have a great DECEMBER 2018


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experience with it. We want to make sure

borders and time zones,” says Nall. As

that all our 160 countries are connected.

a Salesforce customer, Brown-Forman

You could do that by hopping on aero-

has not only adopted the firm’s customer

planes but that can be very costly and

relationship management (CRM) tool

so we are leveraging modern technology

globally, but is also using its Chatter tool

to help connect our team.”

that allows employees to keep in touch.

Pushing for better communication,

“Our employees are used to tweeting

Brown-Forman quickly got on board

and using instant messaging apps in

with cloud technology like Google’s G

their personal life so Chatter gives that

Suite platform and Cisco’s Webex tool.

to them professionally,” he adds. “It really

“We believe these tools help eliminate

allows all of these employees just to

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“We definitely believe that technology isn’t a solution, but it’s an enabler for change” — Tim Nall, Senior Vice President and CIO at Brown-Forman

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“Data without analysis is wasted money” — Tim Nall, Senior Vice President and CIO at Brown-Forman

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stay connected despite the time zones.” As more and more technologies come to the fore, it seems it’s an exciting time to be in the alcoholic beverage space. However, Nall is keen to point out the saying ‘if you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail’ – that is, if a business relies too heavily on particular tools it may miss out on the perfect solution or idea. Instead, he suggests: “When we think about digital we always think about our stakeholders, our employees and our consumers. We definitely believe that technology isn’t a solution, but it is an enabler for change.”

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PEPSICO VENTURES:

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accelerating startups through the Nutrition Greenhouse As food and beverage companies scramble to cut through the noise, PepsiCo Ventures Group is giving startups the support they need as it expands into the US following European success WRITTEN BY

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epsiCo is no stranger to innovation. From Pepsi to Lay’s,

Tropicana to Quaker Oats, the

food and beverage giant has sculpted brands that are now commonplace on grocery shelves across the globe. Under its banner, PepsiCo has not only created its own iconic flavours and styles but it has also nurtured startups with capital investments and even acquisitions. It’s a good deal for both parties: with an ear to the ground, PepsiCo can stay one step ahead of

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the hottest trends shaking up the sector, while newcomers can take

“This isn’t something that you can do on your own. It’s a joint effort and there’s a lot of experience and guidance to be found” — Daniel Grubbs, Managing Director at PepsiCo Ventures Group

advantage of the wealth of experience PepsiCo has gained since it was founded over 120 years ago. The engine behind these partnerships is the company’s trailblazing

management and more, the accelerator

investment arm, PepsiCo Ventures

proved to be a hit and now PepsiCo is

Group. In order to push its venture

bringing the scheme back to North

footprint further, last year the invest-

America to help start-ups gain an edge

ment arm launched the Nutrition

in the ever-competitive market.

Greenhouse accelerator in Europe,

At the helm of Pepsi Venture Group

a six-month program that gave 10

is Managing Director Daniel Grubbs.

start-ups €20,000 (US$22,500)

Having begun at PepsiCo over five

and matched them with a mentor

years ago, he first cut his teeth in

from PepsiCo. Offering guidance on

marketing and consultancy, helping

strategy, fundraising, supply chain

early-stage and mid-tier companies

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navigate transformation issues and mergers and acquisitions (M&A). He says that this was the perfect precursor for leading PepsiCo Ventures Group’s agenda. Today, the Nutrition Greenhouse accelerator is underway in North America and the firm is also eyeing up future investments. But when hundreds and thousands of startups are vying to cut through the noise, what advice would Grubbs give today’s w w w.fdf wo r ld . com


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startups? As well as having a real passion for what they do, Grubbs underlines the value of creating a network of employees and mentors who foster creativity and ingenuity. “I think it’s really important that startups surround themselves with people, inside and outside of the company, who bring a lot of different perspectives; people can provide different counsel and advice. A lot of times, this isn’t something that you can do on your own. It’s a joint effort and there’s a lot of experience and guidance to be found.” PepsiCo has a clear idea of what makes a successful brand and it’s got the figures to back it up: it’s now the third largest food and beverage company in the world and last year 22 of its brands generated more than US$1bn in estimated annual retail sales. Now a month into its North American Greenhouse Accelerator, Grubbs asserts that the startups involved will really benefit from working with people who’ve been in their shoes. “Through the accelerator, we’re trying to understand where startups are at on their journey:

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where our expertise and our history of

their goals are and where they want to be

operating across a wide spectrum of

post-programme. Our mentors really sit

markets can really offer value.”

down and understand these dynamics.

One such company that PepsiCo

Then, it’s a matter of providing advice on

Ventures Group has taken under its

product innovation, product formulation

wing is Your Superfoods, a Berlin-based

and some of the supply chain challeng-

firm that makes superfood powder

es that they might be going through,

mixes for smoothies. “They’ve taken

for example.

a direct-to-consumer approach and

“We’ve been through many of the

are really authentic in terms of sticking

challenges that they’re going through,”

with their methods of delivering super-

he adds. “We’re trying to help them

foods that are organic and without fillers,”

skip past these hurdles so that they

says Grubbs. “They’ve grown from being

can become more viable and more

just a German operation and expanded

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benefited from the programme and

continued to drive their portfolio and

have continued to see acceleration

expansion,” notes Grubbs. “They’ve

over time.”

moved into the US market and they’ve

Last year’s winner of the European

continued to refine their positioning

accelerator programme, Erbology, has

with consumers. Erbology has been

also continued on an upward trajectory.

one startup that’s really remained true

The London-based company, which

to what the brand is about whilst building

produces a line of powders, oils, snacks

a deep consumer following.”

and ingredients aiming to boost the

Armed with inventive sustainability

nutritional value of foods – used its

plans, unique taste propositions,

€20,000 winnings to develop new

trailblazing technologies and more,

products and raise brand awareness.

innovation is rife in the food and

“Erbology has really taken the reins and

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keeping its finger on the pulse. Through its venture group, PepsiCo is keeping an eye on the food, beverage and snack sector as well as untapped opportunities of growth known as ‘white spaces.’ Now, as it expands its project to North America, PepsiCo is on the lookout for the next big thing – but what does that entail? For Grubbs, it’s important that the startup has strong business acumen and a long term strategy. “We focus on what segment they are operating in and whether it aligns with our long term perspective. We ask if they have developed 36

a proof of concept with customers even in new channels that could help the company grow. Have they put together a leadership team that we believe will support and drive the company?” By checking these boxes, PepsiCo wants to see the beginning of an impactful brand, one that resonates with customers and meets an untapped market. Whilst the products on their own are crucial, the essence of the company and its connection with the consumer is also a prerequisite for PepsiCo. PepsiCo is also keen to work with startups which align with its ‘purpose with performance’ mission: an ethos that champions sustainable, long-term growth while leaving a positive mark on society and the environment. “We ask DECEMBER 2018


whether there is a sustainable element to the business,” says Grubbs. “We ask if the business model is rooted in an idea that is meaningful and important for consumers but is also financially viable. We’re looking for companies who are akin to the spirit of ‘performance with a purpose.’ As consumers are bombarded with information from media, bloggers, family and friends, the health and wellness trend is firmly at the forefront of the consumer psyche. People are on the lookout for healthier and nutritious foods – and they’re willing to pay for it. Grubbs predicts that this will continue to remain a key trend in the future. “Whether it’s food or beverage, a snack or a meal, I think we will see the continual evolution of more nutrient density in the market,” predicts Grubbs. “It’s not just about the calories,

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“We’re looking for companies who are akin to the spirit of ‘performance with a purpose” — Daniel Grubbs, Managing Director at PepsiCo Ventures Group

38 it’s also about what it delivers for consumers in terms of health and lifestyle benefits.” 2018 marks an historic year for the PepsiCo family, with the company’s former CEO, Indra Nooyi, having stepped down after 12 years at the helm of the firm. As the first female boss of PepsiCo she helped to grow its revenue by more than 80%. “I think Indra has really defined what PepsiCo is today and even more broadly, what it means to be a leading consumer packaged goods company not just in North America but globally,” said Grubbs. “The focus and attention towards DECEMBER 2018


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For PepsiCo Ventures Group,

central to who we are and how we

Grubbs says it will continue to work in

are operating and so, I think that

partnership with early-stage compa-

legacy will continue to stand.” Ramon

nies and to give back to the food and

Laguarta, former President of

beverage ecosystem. “As an organi-

PepsiCo, has taken over the reins,

sation, we want to offer our expertise

and Grubbs believes he will continue

to these companies, we want to be

the firm’s upward momentum.

supportive of the wider ecosystem

“Coming from within PepsiCo, Ramon

and we want to bring together the

understands what we are trying to

expertise of our company with the

achieve,” Grubbs adds. “He is very

spirit and passion of these early-

supportive of the company’s pro-

stage companies.”

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 igitally D disrupting the future of food ordering With the takeaway market skyrocketing and restaurants vying to win over customers, could a white-label technology platform help food and beverage players cut through the noise? WRITTEN BY

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hether you like a fiery vindaloo or a savoury American burger, the restaurant boom has meant that

whatever cuisine you fancy it won’t be too difficult to find. In fact, in the UK alone, around 740 new food and beverage units have opened annually since 2012 and, in the past year, this figure has nearly doubled to

1,333, according to the Local Data Company (LDC). This has offered more choice for consumers but it has also meant that restaurant owners have to be savvier than ever when jostling for sales. As the fight for 44

profit heats up and restaurant owners scramble to gain more footfall, could the help needed by the food and beverage industry be at our very fingertips? The food delivery phenomenon has seen a meteoric rise over the past decade. With a few taps and swipes of their devices, consumers can have whatever meal they want at their doorstep in minutes. This business model has proven a perfect fit for today’s ‘on-demand economy’. Indeed, worldwide, the market for food delivery stands at €83bn (US$96.2bn), or 4% of food sold through restaurants and fast-food chains, according to McKinsey. Digital ordering platform Preoday has carved a unique path in the takeaway sector, DECEMBER 2018


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“That direct relationship could to pay, arrange delivery or collect food and beverages with just a few clicks of prove to be the a button. “For our clients, this software is business critical,” says Matt Graywood, differentiator for COO at Preoday. “Some of our customwhether they fail ers take over 30% of their income via or succeed” digital ordering on the Preoday platform.” providing mobile apps and web inter-

face platforms which allow customers

What gives this tool a competitive edge, though, is the fact that it is a white label technology, meaning that it can be fully branded and managed by the 46

restaurant or eatery, rather than a third party. “Our clients recognise that they need to build a relationship with the customer by themselves and so a white label product like Preoday is ideal because the consumer doesn’t see Preoday, they just see the brand,” explains Graywood. “This means that the business is able to engage with the customer directly in terms of communication and promotions. They also own the data from customers’ purchases which they can use to build their proposition and promotions around their customer base. That’s something they don’t get with aggregators in the market. They’ve got complete ownerDECEMBER 2018

— Matt Graywood, COO at Preoday


ship and that direct relationship could prove to be the differentiator for whether they fail or succeed.” Online platforms are an effective way to drive digital footfall. Not only do they offer new revenue streams, but some can also take the customer experience to the next level. Preoday prides itself on creating a functional yet customtailored platform that can meet the niche and often demanding needs of today’s restaurants and eateries. “The differentiator is that this technology has extremely rich functionality but it’s also a very flexible platform,” observes Graywood. “It’s built like a robust transaction engine so it can cope with high-volume takeaway periods like lunchtime peaks during the week or the weekend.” ‘Flexible’ is a fitting word to describe the digital ordering platform. By offering configurable tools, business owners can use a management dashboard to have total control over processing, whe- ther they want to print out orders, send customised messages or even offer push notifications. The best part, according to Graywood, is that the platform also w w w.fdf wo r ld . com

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provides rich analytics so that the sector can better understand their customers, whether that’s knowing how much a particular customer tends to spend or what their buying habits are. “We carried out a survey in April which asked what the key challenges are that chains are facing today,” notes Graywood. “The feedback we got was that 30% of respondents were using an aggregator but 70% prefer their customers to order directly because not only is it a better margin for them, but they also get to provide 48

the service they want directly to their customers and get to capture data regarding their customer’s purchasing habits. “Through data analytics, they can start to build a profile of what that person’s ordering, who their best customers are, what they tend to order and how they can better target their promotions around that customer base and really start to engage with them,” he adds. Large retailers have been capturing customer data for years but the restaurant sector has been slower in its uptake. This is undoubtedly untapped potential. By using highly specific data, Graywood notes that eateries can use analytics to target both loyal and infrequent custoDECEMBER 2018


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mers alike by sending a personal message to encourage a return visit which could include a special discount applicable to their favourite item, for instance. “It offers a new level of differentiation,” Graywood says. “You can use the data as you feel fit. You can focus a promotion right down to the individual which brings them that much closer to your brand. Personalised marketing increases the odds of engagement w w w.fdf wo r ld . com


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and conversions by appealing to each individual’s likes and needs. Therefore, customers are more likely to go to you rather than the competition.” With Greggs, the Aviva Stadium, the Royal Opera House and others all signing up to the service, Preoday’s customer list makes for impressive, diverse reading. The venue, location, and the customer may change but the fundamentals of good customer experience all remain the same. “The requirements of an event-based venue 50

may be different to that of a restaurant in terms of set-up but for pre-order, at the heart of it it’s very similar,” observes Graywood. “From a technology point of view, it’s a cloud-based platform whereby all our customers use the

‘In the UK alone, around 740 new food and beverage units have opened annually since 2012 and, in the past year, this figure has nearly doubled to 1,333, according to the Local Data Company’

same code base, so everybody’s using the same platform. This means that we can build everything once and provide it to all customers. Then, whenever we make an improvement or a new functionality is added everybody gets the benefit from that.” When peak times hit, and orders are piling up, efficiency can make or break a restaurant’s reputation. By eliminating some of the hurdles, the software DECEMBER 2018

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platform also helps to shorten queue

and there were missed sales too. They

times, reduce hassle and enhance the

selected Preoday and we implemented

customer experience. “Take Shack, for

a mobile and online ordering app which

instance – a Norwegian burger chain

gave customers the opportunity to

we’ve had as a customer since 2016,”

order ahead, skip the queue and then

notes Graywood. “They had three

pick up the food when it was ready

restaurants which were so popular that

rather than waiting.

people were queuing for an hour every

“The key thing about Shack was that

day to buy their burgers. The problem,

they had a really loyal customer base

whilst everybody kept going back to the

but they had a bottleneck whereby

food, was that they weren’t particularly

customers were all trying to purchase

happy about the waiting time.

at the same time,” he continues. “By

“Customer satisfaction was low, some adding this functionality, the customer people wouldn’t queue for that long,

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online ordering now account for 30% of their sales, so it’s a key part of their business.” With customers across the globe and multi-language capabilities, the opportunities for Preoday are limitless. In its short five-year history, the company has already boarded a variety of food and beverage behemoths, expanded its footprint globally and helped restaurants and food chains overhaul the customer experience. This could be the difference that helps a restaurant cut through the noise in today’s ever-competitive market and, for Graywood, this is what makes working at the firm so rewarding.

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“Whatever your needs are, we want to be the default ordering technology,” notes Graywood. “At its core, most of the team are the same people who built the technology and started the business in the first place. Everyone feels invested in it; they want to see it succeed, they want our customers to succeed. When we work with a restaurant and we see their vision come alive, we’re very proud that it’s thanks, in part, to Preoday.”

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10 Gut-friendly food With fermenting, pickling and preserving reaching the mainstream, gut health has established itself as a key trend to watch out for next year. It has also received the seal of approval from food and beverage behemoths like the Coca-Cola Company. In October, the world’s biggest beverage company acquired kombucha maker Organic & Raw Trading Co., which makes the MOJO brand of naturally-fermented, live culture, drinks, signalling the fast-emerging trend. As more scientific evidence mounts up in favour of gut-friendly foods, probiotics like kimchi, miso, and kombucha are set to become commonplace on our grocery shelves. DECEMBER 2018


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09 Technological innovation From AI to blockchain, robotics to big data, digitisation has turned the food and beverage sector on its head. For instance, French retailer Carrefour made headlines this year when it pioneered a new blockchain to trace food from farms to stores, helping to drive food safety. Walmart has also led the way with substantial technology investments, trialling a new robotics system that picks customers’ grocery orders, a hightech distribution centre, automated floor scrubbers and more. Looking to 2019, more food tech is set to enter the mainstream helping to fuel greater omnichannel shopping experiences.

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08 Moderation is the new mainstream With ‘Dry January’ around the corner, many consumers will be forfeiting their favourite tipple for a month in aid of their health. Yet, growing research has shown that, for an increasing number of people, it could be an entirely dry year as low – and no-alcohol drinks become a more common lifestyle choice. In the UK alone, more than 1.4mn UK households bought a no – or low-alcohol beer in the last year – a 57% increase on two years ago, according to Kantar Worldpanel. Beverage companies, mixologists and supermarkets are increasingly embracing the lowalcohol and no-alcohol trend too. Heineken, Adnams, and Guinness are just some beverage giants that have launched no – and low-alcohol beers this year.

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07 The plastic revolution As more plastic packaging is found adrift in the world’s oceans, it’s driving brands to reconsider the way they package their food and drinks. Many have already made significant steps to tackle their plastic use. In London, Starbucks trialled a so-called ‘latte levy’ on its single-use paper cups to reduce waste and McDonald’s has replaced plastic straws with paper ones in all its UK and Ireland restaurants. The world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), has also pledged to use circular packaging by 2025 as part of its sustainability goals. As the fight against plastic heats up, food and beverage companies would do well to look at how their packaging can be made more environmentally sustainable in 2019.

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06 Hyper-local supply chains When fruit and vegetables have to travel to reach our plates, it not only results in unnecessary air miles but it may also reduce the nutritional value. This, combined with a consumer desire to see where their food truly comes from, has given rise to hyper-local supply chains. Hyper-local refers to food that is locally sourced or grown in-house, such as restaurant gardens. On a practical level, this trend isn’t for everyone — after all, you need the space and time to tend to a garden, even a small one — but for some restaurants, it’s proven to be a hit. The Black Swan restaurant in Yorkshire, for instance, was named as the “world’s best-reviewed restaurant in the world” in 2017 after it won TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Restaurants Awards. It was praised highly for its hyper-local produce; with about two-and-ahalf acres of land, almost all of the restaurant’s fruit and vegetables are grown on-site or in their parent’s nearby farm. DECEMBER 2018


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Plant-based food Some trends may come and go but it seems the plant-based food movement is more than just a fad. Last year, sales of plant-based food in the US went up by 8.1% compared to the year before, topping US$3.1bn, according to research carried out by Nielsen for the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA). Additionally, whilst plant-based milk sales grew 3.1% last year, cow’s milk sales declined 5% and are projected to drop another 11% through 2020, according to Mintel. Recognised by business leaders and executives alike, the plantbased food and beverage market has seen growing investments, mergers and acquisitions. For instance, last year, Nestlé bought vegetarian company Sweet Earth Foods. Commenting on the acquisition, Nestlé USA chairman and CEO, Paul Grimwood, said: “One of Nestlé’s strategic priorities is to build out our portfolio of vegetarian and flexitarian choices in line with modern health trends.” w w w.fdf wo r ld . com


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04 Food safety Consumer trust in the food and drink industry is waning fast. In fact, a study by the Center for Food Integrity went so far to say that there is a “trust deficit� that exists between consumers and the sector as a whole. As retailers are under greater scrutiny to deliver higher-quality food at more competitive prices and as supply chains become more complex this problem has been amplified by food scandals and food fraud. In a survey by NFU Mutual, for instance, one-third of British people said that they are less trusting of products and retailers than they were five years ago. To tackle this, producers, retailers and caterers may consider using shorter or local supply chains to win the hearts and confidence of their customers. Alternatively, technology like blockchain could play a key role. Regardless of the solution, however, it seems that enhancing food safety and improving consumer trust will continue to remain the issue on everyone’s lips in 2019. DECEMBER 2018


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03 Convenience In today’s food and beverage market, convenience is king. In 2018, this has given rise to the snacking and ‘grab and go’ market but, perhaps more than anything, it has also helped to fuel the booming takeaway market. Worldwide, the market for food delivery stands at EU€83bn (US$96.2bn) or 4% of food sold through restaurants and fast-food chains, according to McKinsey. This is good news for food delivery brands such as Deliveroo, Just Eat, Hungry House and UberEats but it could also prove to be a key trend for restaurants and fast food chains to tap into in 2019.

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02 Cannabis-infused food and beverages As legalisation spreads across North America and beyond, cannabis holds a new opportunity for drink makers looking for the next big thing. Many beverage behemoths are already positioning themselves for the growing trend. Last year, Constellation Brands, the company behind Corona Extra 64

Modelo Especial and SVEDKA Vodka, announced it had bought a 9.9% stake in Canadian cannabis producer Canopy Growth Corporation. At the same time, Keith Villa, founder of Blue Moon beer, announced that he was launching a non-alcoholic, THC-infused beer company called Ceria Beverages. It’s a growing market – last year cannabis beverage sales hit $35.6mn – and if it continues on its upward trajectory it could remain a key trend in 2019.

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01 Experience economy Whether dining in a pop-up restaurant or getting a true slice of local cuisine, the rise of the ‘experiential diner’ has created ripples in the food and beverage sector. According to a survey by Eventbrite, 75% of people said that they believe unique dining experiences are worth paying more for. In an exclusive interview with FDF World, Gustaf Pilebjer, Marriott International’s Director of Food and Beverage for Europe, said that there is no “cookie-cutter solution” for food and beverage. He argued that if restaurant owners wish to tap into the rise of experiential diners they need to deliver unique, culturally-relevant experiences. “It’s also about experience,” he explains. “Diners today are seeking out culinary experiences. When our travellers fly to Istanbul, they don’t want to sit down and have a slice of pizza. They want to have an authentic taste of where they are. 66

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EVENTS & A S S O C I AT I O N S

The biggest industry events and conferences WRITTEN BY LAURA MULLAN from around the world

05–08 MARCH 2019

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28 FEB–02 MARCH 2019

22nd Euro-Global Summit on Food and Beverages

Foodex Japan

[ MAKUHARI MESSE, JAPAN ] As one of the largest events dedicated to food and drink across Japan, Foodex

[ LONDON, UK ]

Japan, is definitely an exhibition to pencil

The 22nd Euro-Global Summit on Food

into your diary. Over the four-day event

and Beverages allows attendees to

about 85,000 buyers from food service,

meet inspiring speakers and experts at

distributing and trading companies are

its 3,000-plus global events. The event

expected to attend. Focusing on interna-

includes over 600 conferences, 1,200

tional expansion opportunities, business

symposiums and 1,200 workshops on

talks will be held with both domestic and

medical, pharma, engineering, science,

international manufacturers.

technology and business.

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26—28 MARCH 2019

20–22 MARCH 2019

Hunter Hotel Investment Conference [ ATLANTA MARRIOTT MARQUIS ]

ProFood Tech

[ MCCORMICK PLACE, CHICAGO ] Promising to bring together suppliers and end users from a wider range of food and beverage sectors than any

This year marks the 31st annual Hunter

show in North America, ProFood Tech

Hotel Investment Conference. Designed

has been a major hit. The biennial

to be relevant and educational for both

event is returning in 2019 to present

hotel owners and investors, the confer-

an unbeatable showcase of innovation

ence will offer advice on hotel financing

and crossover solutions for all food

and raising equity, networking

and beverage industries.

opportunities, as well as talks featuring

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industry experts.

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23–25 APRIL 2019

Food and Beverage Innovation Forum (FBIF) [ HANGZHOU INTERNATIONAL EXPO CENTER ] Attracting some of the leading food and beverage companies like NestlĂŠ, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Yili Group, the Food & Beverage Innovation Forum (FBIF) has grown to become one of the leading events in the industry calendar. The Asia-Pacific forum offers valuable insights into industry trends and drives further innovation by selecting, displaying and discussing the most successful business cases and advanced technologies worldwide. The event will also feature several sub-forums covering topics such as product innovation, marketing innovation, packaging innovation and food financing.

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23–25 JUNE 2019

Africa’s Big 7

[ GALLAGHER CONV. CENTRE, JOHANNESBURG, SA ] Bringing together hundreds of global suppliers and buyers from every segment of the industry, Africa’s Big 7 is the annual meeting place for food

18–21 MAY 2019

National Restaurant Association Hotel-Motel Show 2019

professionals across the continent to come together. As part of

[ MCCORMICK PLACE CONV. CENTRE, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS ]

Africa Trade Week, the

The National Restaurant Association – a body that

event will also run aside

represents the restaurant industry business in the

other notable exhibitions,

US – is set to host its 100th National Restaurant

namely The Hotel Show

Association Hotel-Motel Show. The annual event

Africa and SAITEX.

aims to showcase the latest innovations in the

In doing so, it will bring

foodservice industry, including new equipment and

together the hospitality,

technologies. As well as this, it also offers opportunities

retail and food and bev-

to hear from and network with industry leaders. Last

erage sectors under the

year’s event made history for the fourth year in a row

one roof, united by the

because, at more than 715,000 sq. ft and with over

theme “Africa — the new

65,000 people in attendance, it was the largest show

home of trade.”

in the association’s history.

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Procurement transformation through a commitment to local sourcing WRIT TEN BY

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SEBASTIEN BRUNEL, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF PROCUREMENT AT ACCORHOTELS, DISCUSSES THE TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE GROUP’S PROCUREMENT JOURNEY IN DRIVING GROWTH AND DELIVERING A UNIQUE GUEST EXPERIENCE WITH LOCALLY SOURCED PRODUCE

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ith 4,600 hotels around the globe operating across 100 countries, AccorHotels is one of just a handful of hotel operators

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across North America as well – with the continent representing significant opportunities for growth and revenue. Investment in the region is revving up with acquisitions including the purchase of the Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel brands; an 85% stake in US-based 21c Museum Hotels, an awardwinning hospitality management company which combines a multi-venue contemporary art museum and boutique hotels; and a 50% stake in independent luxury lifestyle operator sbe Entertainment Group. Boasting over two decades of industry experience, Senior Vice President of Procurement Sebastien Brunel is keenly aware of how the hotel industry has changed during this time, and how the evolving needs of consumers have particularly impacted procurement. “Lifestyle is something which is very new to the hospitality business,” he outlines. DECEMBER 2018


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“Procurement is greatly positioned in the organization and part of the leadership committee, making our function a key component for North and Central America” — Sebastien Brunel, Senior Vice President of AccorHotels

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“People, especially the younger generation, are looking for different experiences. They don’t want the traditional hotel experience or a standardized room – they want to have fun, new experiences and make connections.” While AccorHotels currently has fewer than 100 hotels in North America, the region still reflects a notable proportion of its business and is home to some of the company’s largest properties, which average around 500 rooms and several restaurants apiece, meaning total spend is significant for 76

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Brunel and his team. Iconic hotels with global notoriety which are present in the region include the original Fairmont, Fairmont San Francisco; The Plaza, A Fairmont Managed Hotel, in New York City; Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City; and Fairmont Banff Springs, amongst others. AccorHotels initiated investments in the procurement function 25 years ago when volume in key regions started to be significant. Today, the company’s procurement function is organized


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regionally and globally, with over 20

making our function a key component

procurement organizations and more

for North and Central America,�

than 180 people around the world. The

Brunel explains.

entire function reports to Paris-based

In terms of the evolution of procure-

global Chief Procurement Officer (CPO),

ment at AccorHotels, the way services

Caroline Tissot, while all procurement

are offered has evolved thanks to

leaders in the regions have dotted lines

consumer feedback. The dynamic

to regional executives.

of buying and category management

In North America, procurement

is impacted by market trends and

also reports to Chief Operating Officer

traditional in-house services are

(COO), Kevin Frid. “Procurement is

increasingly handled by external

greatly positioned in the organization

providers. Laundry is a good example

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a high-level overview and at a line item detailed level. Similarly, BirchStreet’s Recipe Pad is a great mobile tool for chefs and kitchen staff that uses a simple picture-based interface; allowing chefs to browse, search, view and scale published corporate or property-level recipes through an organization’s private online recipe library. The process of automating functions in procurement, finance, operations and food and beverage contribute to a company’s overall success and bottom line. AccuBar, an acquired company by BirchStreet in 2016 is a leading component of the BirchStreet inventory control solution that offers a cloud-based beverage inventory management to maximize beverage profits while being seamlessly connected to BirchStreet’s procureto-pay automation solution. Customers report an average of 10 to 20 percent beverage cost reduction with additional cost savings from efficiency, automation and accountability. It eliminates the guesswork for reordering with par values and alerts, and provides easy scalability for large banquets and events. AccuBar’s bar code scanner will help one person do the work of two in less time, which will drastically lower labor costs. Often, customers aren’t able to detect theft, but with AccuBar’s loss prevention functionality one can quickly hold the staff accountable for loss. Finally, instant profit reporting and business intelligence will benefit any company immediately. Established in 2002, BirchStreet Systems is a privately held company and headquartered in Newport Beach, California, with offices in Denver, Mexico City, China, Singapore, India and Europe. For more information, events and webinars, or to request a personal demo, please email sales@birchstreet.net or visit www.birchstreetsystems.com.


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CLICK TO WATCH : CPO SEBASTIEN BRUNEL TALKS GLOBAL AND LOCAL SUPPLIES IN ACCOR’S SUPPLY CHAIN 80 in house but moving more toward exter-

the teams in the hotel with different

nal providers. “We have a big evolution

needs and expectations between the

in the way hotels are spending their

managers, chefs, executive house-

money,” he concludes.

keepers – but also the owners of the

In addition, since AccorHotels now

hotels, because it is in their best inter-

manages and franchises its hotels

est to maximize their benefits through

instead of owning the premises

a strong procurement organization.”

outright, the procurement function

As a management company, procure-

has to adapt. “We came from an asset

ment within AccorHotels is very much

heavy model to an asset light model

a service offered to its owners and

– in the past, we owned our hotels

franchisees. “We have become a

but now we have management and

strong intermediate between suppli-

franchise contracts,” says Brunel.

ers and partners, and both owners and

“As procurement professionals,

franchisees are extremely organized,

we therefore have two customers:

business driven and cost driven,” Brunel

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explains. “Unless we demonstrate

started to manage non-food opera-

savings and value creation, they will not

tions in the early 2000s,” says Brunel.

use our services. We have to monitor

He adds that suppliers and other

the competitiveness of our contracts

organizations had not previously

compared to market prices, and offer

understood hotels as a category to

tracking, distribution, a loyalty program

focus on. “I would say it took between

and procurement program – procure-

five and 10 years to get a strong offer

ment is one of the key departments

of procurement solutions for hotels

to attract new ownership groups and

for food, non-food and beverage.” Brunel notes that since then, suppli-

franchisees.” As the business has transformed, its

ers have begun to see opportunities

supply chain has diversified and evolved,

in the ever-growing hospitality sector.

and so too has the role of procurement.

“In terms of some suppliers, a lot of

“20 years ago, 90% of our function was

businesses didn’t have a hospitality

based on food management – then we

division 10 to 15 years ago – they did not

E X E C U T I V E P R OF IL E

Sebastien Brunel Brunel has 25 years of experience in the hospitality business with 20 years in procurement. Originally from France, he has occupied several procurement functions in the global procurement office as well as working in several countries. Brunel’s first international experience was in the UK, before he then occupied a function of Category Manager in Dallas, Texas in 2002. In 2007, Brunel moved to South America to be the head of procurement of that region, based out of Sao Paulo. He went back to Paris in 2014 to manage the international team. He has occupied the position of SVP of North and Central America since January 2017 when he relocated to Toronto. Sebastien holds an MBA from the FGV University of Sao Paulo. w w w.fdf wo r ld . com

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know how to attend to the hospitality

strong role, not so much in finding new

businesses. But now, there are people

procurement solutions but in giving

dedicated to hospitality. We work

better access to our procurement-se-

together on value creation. Competi-

lected products and services for our

tive pricing is an important element,

customers. How can we make the

but having sustainable programs,

process easier to access? How can

product development and innovation

we offer a procurement marketplace

take an important share of the day-to-

to make sure people can go to an

day of a procurement specialist – both

online catalogue?”

on the team but also at the supplier.”

Over 10 years ago, Fairmont selected

Of course, process and digitization

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and cost reduction. “Birchstreet brings structure to our process. We have PO approval process, PO management, inventory management, product management and interaction between hotels and suppliers. This is essential for AccorHotels, especially in North America.” The businesses have worked together for many years, and AccorHotels favors the platform as it works well especially for its larger properties. “They’ve been able to invest in internal workflow – hotels with over 1,500 employees need a procurement process and workflow to ensure consistency.” Birchstreet has developed this from a back-office perspective, and the solution is effective

“Guests don’t want the traditional hotel experience or a standardized room – they want to have fun, new experiences and make connections” — Sebastien Brunel, Senior Vice President of AccorHotels

for AccorHotels’ finance department. Brunel adds that, as the partnership

The vast array of products AccorHotels

continues, he hopes to develop a system

buys, and indeed the array of suppliers

with even more benefits for front-end

it works with, presents challenges for

buyers, which he is confident can be

eprocurement. “Eprocurement works

achieved. “So far we have partnered

very well with products but it’s not as

with Birchstreet for 10 years; they’ve

simple for utility developments, such

always supported us in everything

as service companies – you can easily

we’ve done and the platform brings

buy a kilo of coffee, but one kilowatt of

efficiency, good savings and automatic

energy isn’t the same, so it’s not ideal

updates to inventory – we probably

for non-tangible contracts.”

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Approximate number of employees

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corHotels has developed a strong

“Today, we’re coming back from global

commitment to local sourcing and

sourcing to more national or even local

as such, its supplier mix has changed.

sourcing. We have a strong desire to buy

“Our supplier base is very diverse due

local, and work with local producers

to the products we buy – we go from big

– such as sourcing fish from the coast

global companies like LG or Samsung,

of Canada, rather than importing it from

to large national companies, to smaller

Scotland or elsewhere. This is the way,

regional suppliers of fruits and vegeta-

especially in the luxury hospitality

bles or fish, with five employees,”

business, to provide local experiences.”

explains Brunel. “In North America,

Twenty years ago, AccorHotels had a

I would say 30% of our spend consists

larger range of suppliers, which through

of global providers, 40% national and

globalization was reduced – now, it is

30% regional.”

increasing again due to the Group’s

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local sourcing commitment. “We went

a cookie-cutter outcome, especially for

from a vision of needing to reduce the

the luxury businesses which account

supplier base, to a vision that we still

for an important part of AccorHotels’

need a concentrated supplier base

global operations, and are particularly

but with a lot of choice.” As a result,

prevalent in North America. “We invest

a limited number of global providers

a lot in the lifestyle element and the

consolidate more spend but there is

uniqueness of our brands, we need more

a strong need to develop diversified

products and more solutions – we don’t

local solutions and reduce logistics.

want the same headboards, lighting and

Catering for the unique demands

food all over the world and we’re not ac-

of various owners and franchisees,

quiring new companies to change them

especially since the Group’s latest

into a standardized hotel.”

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Despite the challenges and varia-

as a unique point of production. “It’s

tions facing the procurement function

not like the manufacturing industry

at AccorHotels, this essential element

where everything can be produced

of the business is key to the significant

and distributed from a single location.

growth Brunel looks forward to. He

Hospitality business and decentraliza-

cites the company’s latest acquisitions

tion of ordering points makes our supply

and the new openings it has celebrat-

chain very complex and diverse in

ed as a result: the 1,048-room Fairmont

terms of suppliers and products. We buy

Austin which debuted earlier this year

food, beverages, technology, intellectual

as the brand’s largest hotel in the US,

services, financial services… the quantity,

as well as the planned openings of

too, is diverse, as a small hotel might

Fairmont Century Plaza, Los Angeles;

cumulate an annual spend of $400,000

Sofitel Mexico Reforma in Mexico City

while a large hotel can spend more

and SO/ Paseo del Prado in Havana, all

than $20mn.”

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first Raffles Hotel & Residences in North America in Boston as well as Fairmont Costa Canuva in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit and Fairmont Saint Lucia in the coming years. AccorHotels is therefore particularly committed to North America as a region of growth, where it works with over 20,000 suppliers and spends $600mn each year, from small fruit and vegetable suppliers with orders of less than $500 to larger companies receiving millions in investment. On its North American journey, Brunel says the company is keen to partner with suppliers desiring to grow outside of

“Our supplier base is very diverse due to the products we buy – we go from big global companies like LG or Samsung, and large national companies, to smaller regional suppliers of fruits and vegetables or fish, with five employees” — Sebastien Brunel, Senior Vice President of AccorHotels

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North America, such as audio-visual

customers and increase our ability to

provider PSAV. “It’s a great example:

offer more contracted solutions.

the legacy contract is coming from

Another challenge is to maintain a

North America and can be extended

good level of compliance at a national

to other places in the world.”

level, while remaining competitive

However, as AccorHotels grows in

against regional offers. The third

size and spend in North America, the

challenge is to find a way to leverage

value offer of procurement will need to

volume while also keeping the

be even further solidified, says Brunel.

uniqueness of the product. And the

“We have to work hard to show the

fourth challenge, of course, is people

importance of procurement with our

– the development and training of our

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“From a customer perspective and supplier perspective, having a strong procurement organization in North America is key” — Sebastien Brunel, Senior Vice President of AccorHotels

procurement talent. In the UK, they

hospitality player without having

have CIPS (Chartered Institute of

business activities in this region. From

Procurement and Supply) qualifica-

a customer perspective and supplier

tions, but I haven’t seen many global

perspective, having a strong procure-

equivalents so we must find trained

ment organization in North America is

procurement professionals with a

key,” he concludes.

balanced commercial background.” “We want to play a major role in North America as well as globally,” says Brunel. “We’ve started to reinvest here as we cannot be a true global w w w.fdf wo r ld . com

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ombining a unique understanding of the culture and communities of the Middle East with a collective, international team,

Rotana has acquired extensive experience in the hospitality industry. With the aim to reach a total of 100 properties by 2020, the business is focused on delivering its sustainability objectives as it contin96

ues to develop its diverse portfolio. Launching its sustainability objectives in 2012, Rotana has expanded its vision through its global corporate sustainability platform, Rotana Earth. Not solely placing emphasis on consumer demands, but remaining conscious of its ongoing environmental, economic and social impact, the business wants to enhance communities, whilst placing a unique touch within all hotels under its umbrella. Fully guiding its transition, Head of Sustainability, Christiane Zeidan, works with the company’s corporate sustainability committee, as well as Rotana’s President & Chief Executive Officer to develop policies and strategic goals, in alignment with its core values. “There are Environmental Health and Safety managers in every property at Rotana. I work with the DECEMBER 2018


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“Customers are more aware and are expecting a lot from the places they stay, particularly in terms of sustainability practices. We have to make sure we meet that expectation” — Christiane Zeidan, Head of Sustainability, Rotana Hotel Management

team, guide and support them to achieve a mature sustainability programme implementation,” says Zeidan. “Hotels report on key-performance indicators (KPIs) and day-to-day operations, while we integrate sustainability in different audits to ensure progress towards the company’s sustainability goals.” Publishing three sustainability reports in 2012, 2014 and 2017, 50% of the company’s portfolio, located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has obtained ISO 14001 environmental management certif99

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Christiane Zeidan Christiane A. Zeidan is an Agro-Industrial Engineer, who received her three M.Sc. degrees in Science & Food Technology, Enterprise management and Quality control from the “Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon, Institut Superieur d ‘A gronomie de Beauvais, France and the Lebanese universities. Subsequently she held several positions in management & Quality Control until she joined Rotana Hotel Management Cooperation where she oversees the environment, health & safety management system in the company. Her work experience has gradually raised her personal interest in sustainability issues in general and set in 2012 the company’s sustainability strategy and is leading its implementation.

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ication, something which is recognised by guests and suppliers. “Guests are more conscious and their expectations are increasing, particularly in terms of sustainability practices. We have to make sure we meet those expectation,” notes Zeidan. “It’s essential to have a smart balance, that the level of guest’s satisfaction should be maintained while ensuring that destinations continue to be attractive and retain their commercial potential.”

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• With the aim to reach a total of 100 properties by 2020, Rotana is focused on delivering its sustainability objectives whilst expanding its diverse portfolio

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• Launching its sustainability objectives in 2012, Rotana has expanded its vision through its global corporate sustainability platform, Rotana Earth • 50% of the company’s portfolio, located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has obtained ISO 14001 environmental management certification • Rotana has strived to guarantee supplier compliance, where all data is thoroughly integrated into a sustainability assessment, forming its supplier qualification programme

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comes over environmental concerns

From a lack of awareness regarding

and social responsibility which

financial saving, to how sustainability has

requires more efforts from our man-

an impact on driving profit for the com-

agement team to educate and raise

pany, employees feel proud, more eng-

awareness in order to achieve our

aged and wish to continue working for

sustainability objectives.

a company which is keen to reduce its

“The immediate notion is that imple-

impact on the environment.

menting sustainable practices will increase operational cost, which is

SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT

completely the opposite. We try to

Through the Rotana Earth platform,

show how much we’re going to save on

the business has sought to introduce

operational cost and by how much we

sustainable procurement, resulting in

can drive business by adopting these

a greater understanding of its supply

sustainability practices,” she adds.

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“We have implemented the Rotana Code of Responsible Purchasing. Through this framework we are educating our suppliers and challenging them to become more sustainable” — Christiane Zeidan, Head of Sustainability, Rotana Hotel Management

based suppliers, the business has worked to address all ethical and social issues, such as child labour within the supply chain, whilst supporting local families and its guests. “A thorough understanding of our supply chain enables us to create value for suppliers and our community at large. Wherever we source products, we believe the workers that have produced them, the communities living near the sourcing locations and the environment around it should not be negatively impacted. We want to w w w.fdf wo r ld . com


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ensure that there is no link between our business activities and adverse environmental and social impacts through our suppliers business relationships,” reflects Zeidan. “We take a holistic approach to managing these supply chain risks. This includes the development and implementation of the Rotana Code of Responsible Purchasing and continuous monitoring to evaluate compliance and manage foreseeable risks and social impact from our supply chains. A sustainability assessment criterion incorporated within our supplier qualification programme and procurement survey.” Whilst a large number of products remain imported, the company has strived to guarantee supplier compliance, where all data is thoroughly integrated into a sustainability assessment, which forms part of the company’s supplier qualification programme. “We have integrated sustainability criteria in our supplier’s audits which includes community contribution, environmental sustainability, the employees’ management of those suppliers, their labour practices and their compliance, etc. “This will help us cutting long term procurement costs, averting sustainability risks, reducing operating costs, building a marketable image of Rotana brand, benefitting to society and suppliers and minimising or reducing harm to the environment.

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SUSTAINABLE ACTIVITIES Focusing on two key goals, poverty and hunger, Rotana has looked at ways to reduce food waste. Signing an agree-

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ment with Winnow Solutions, 26 hotels in the UAE will monitor all products by size and weight, enabling all hotels to adjust menus accordingly. It will also promote the hotels to reuse food waste as much as possible and reduce its impact on the environment.

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end of this year with the aim of eliminating plastic water bottles.” “Among other achievements, 20 of our UAE hotels are ISO 14001 certified on the environmental management system, accounting for approximately 45 % of Rotana’s total operating hotels, we have reduced our energy consumption (kwH/guest) by 8.5 % and water (cbm/guest) by 21.5% per guest from 2013 baseline, while in the kitchens we recycled 97,490 litres of cooking oil to biodiesel. Similarly, we have reduced general Waste (kg/guest) by “We’re also doing a lot in terms of plastic reduction. From November,

21 % from 2012. “With workplace diversity and equal

we’re going to stop serving plastic

opportunities being among Rotana

straws in all Rotana facilities unless

most integral values, it proudly employs

requested by guests and gradually

11,772 colleagues from 107 nationali-

replacing it with more eco straws. We

ties. “To date, our colleagues have

are also stopping the use of plastic

participated in 1,352 community engag-

bottles in all our colleagues dining

ement activities since 2012, with

areas, collecting around 97,000 litres

78,531 volunteering hours to the

of frying oil and converting this to

community. 2,740 colleagues have

biodiesel” states Zeidan.

donated 812 litres of blood during 74

“Additionally, we are also working

blood donations campaigns 64.4 %

with Drinkable Air, where we challenged

of our activities have supported health

them to prepare a unit prototype prod-

& well-being causes, 20.4 % environ-

ucing drinkable water form air. We will

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LONG-TERM EXPANSION With several properties planned and new projects in the pipeline across the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, the business is on its way to becoming one of the most sustainable hospitality businesses worldwide. Recently recognised as ‘Company of the Year’ at this year’s Gulf Business Awards, Rotana Hotels aims to further deepen and consolidate its leadership position, with its strategy to establish 100 properties by 2020 and double this to over 200 by 2030. “As we expand into various cities and countries, we will ensure this is done responsibly. We want to make sure that the people in the region come to our hotels, that they will love it and respect our brand,” concludes Zeidan. “It’s essential that companies realise the total true value of their business and focus not just solely on making a profit. That’s our understanding and belief at Rotana. We believe in the enforcement of creating value for our stakeholders and to society at large. It’s really important as it will help us with our long-term strategies and maintain our sustainable vision.”

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CATHERINE S TURM AN PRODUCED BY

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ARBOREA HOTELS AND RESORTS GMBH

Launching a sustainable leisure resort concept, ARBOREA Hotels and Resorts has sought to fully transform the traveller experience

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ith extensive experience of the hospitality and leisure industry across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Johann Kerkhofs is no stranger

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consistently looking to gain an unforgettable experience at each destination. Specialising in everything related to hotel and hospitality services, Kerkhofs has sought to transform the traditional guest experience by concentrating on communication, community and bringing people together through a new, innovative hotel concept known as ARBOREA Hotels und Resorts. Originating from ‘abor’, meaning ‘tree’ and formed and developed by Kerkhofs during his time in Egypt and Jordan, ARBOREA Hotels und Resorts is focused on bringing people together during their vacation. “The travel behaviour of tourists has changed. Many people now travel for a couple of days, but more often, rather than three weeks in a row,” he explains. “We provide an interesting product and DECEMBER 2018


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all kinds of services for our guests

and tissue boxes at all establishments

and want people to experience more

are also constructed out of old maps

during their vacation through being

and files.

outdoors and undertaking various

Additionally, all establishments under ARBOREA will be powered by 100%

sports and activities.� A variety of rooms will be on offer

green energy sources. The company’s

to cater for families, couples and lone

ARBOREA resort in St Gallenkirch,

travellers, with all beds positioned

Austria will house a pellet heat system

directly into nature, creating a unique

and photovoltaic energy to provide

experience for all guests. The concept

essential electricity.

will only utilise natural materials, sustainable products and locally sourced goods,

EXPERIENCE.TOGETHER

eliminating most plastics and sourcing

With the aim to transform the guest

alternative solutions. Carpets have

experience, ARBOREA houses

been created out of recycled fisherman

a number of communication platforms

nets, promoting upcycling. Hangers

to build a sense of community. An

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Johann Kerkhofs Part of the Swiss Hotel Association, Johann Kerkhof has become a key figure in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years. Developing internationally acclaimed hotels, he has also worked in a number of senior level roles. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, Johann now provides in-depth seminars and refresher courses at Cornell University, NY, USA.

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CLICK TO WATCH : ‘WE ARE ARBOREA’ 121 amphitheatre, named The Stairs, is an

which tastes great, whilst they learn

essential space for guests to socialise,

how to cook with fresh products,”

relax, and enjoy all the entertainment

says Kerkhofs.

options on offer at all resorts. Secondly, noting that food traditionally brings people together, the kitchens, which have been certified by green

Long tables have also been placed in the dining area, promoting communication across all avenues. Kerkhof’s commitment to promoting

chiefs, have been strategically placed

sustainability across ARBOREA has

in the centre of all restaurants under

also been extended to the food provided

ARBOREA, bringing people together

to guests. Procuring 80% of products,

wherever possible.

which are not only ethically sourced

“When you have a group of eight to

but bought within a 100km radius, strong

10 people who decide to cook for an

relationships with local farmers and

afternoon with our chef, people auto-

suppliers have been established across

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“Many people only eat convenience food, so we are looking to promote the advantages of using fresh products” — Johann Kerkhofs, Managing Director

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• With an increased global tourism boom, guests are consistently looking to gain an unforgettable experience • Kerkhofs has sought to transform the traditional guest experience by concentrating on communication, community and bringing people together 124

• New lifestyle concept, ARBOREA Hotels & Resorts, utilises only natural materials, sustainable products and locally sourced goods • ARBOREA houses a number of communication platforms to build a sense of community. • The kitchens have been strategically placed in the centre, enabling guests to cook together, as well as undertake cooking classes and events

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“We buy our vegetables and fruits locally and have a winery not far away from the hotel. It’s all about local food and a local experience. Guests who come to us know where our food products are coming from,” says Kerkhofs. “Our grill restaurant, for example, provides all different cuts of meat, from a Tomahawk steak to a normal rib eye or fillet steak. Fish and all different kinds of vegetables are also on offer. We have a special grill which we imported from Grillworks® in New York.” A variety of activities are offered through the ARBOREA Experience. From running and cycling to paddle boarding and yoga, water sports are a particular focal point at the company’s hotel in Neustadt, where sailing, wakeboarding, kite surfing and diving are all on offer. The concept of collaborating and creating something new has also been extended to the establishment of a woodwork workshop, enabling guests to create their own furniture and upholstery. “Through these activities, people get to know each other and you get a different kind of atmosphere,” observes Kerkhofs. w w w.fdf wo r ld . com

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Guests are not sitting in a row, as we

cooperation with GP Joule, ARBOREA

try and make it more collaborative.

also provides e-bikes, e-cars and

Guests can have a type of living room

e-scooters on demand. However, not

experience, and it’s very interesting

content with catering solely to leisure

for corporate businesses. Guests can

travellers, the concept has also been

also celebrate their wedding, birthday

built to serve corporate guests. A num-

or any kind of celebration with us,”

ber of conference rooms have been

observes Kerkhofs.

established to cater to up to 80 attendees, transforming the traditional corp-

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orate experience.

Noting that 12 projects in total are in deve-

“We furniture the rooms to our guests’

lopment, ARBOREA Hotels und Resorts

preferences. We have three confer-

has an ambitious plan to make it one of

ence rooms and a community room.

the most recognised and widely reno-

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“It’s all about local food and a local experience. Guests who come to us know where our food products are coming from” — Johann Kerkhofs, Managing Director

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wned hotel brands across Europe, launching its first resort in Neustadt in July. With a clear strategy to build 19 new resorts in the next 10 years, focusing primarily on German speaking countries, the Dolomite region of Italy and Spain, the company’s unveiling of its hotels in St Gallenkirch and its Schierke will be undertaken between 2020-2021. “It is all dependent on what the opportunities are. We have some special requirements for land plots, how we want to build our hotels and where they have to be built,” concludes Kerkhofs. “We don’t want to build a hotel in urban areas, but always a bit more out the way where guests have a view. We want to be close to urban areas, but at the same time it’s important for us to be green and to be a natural resort which will bring its own lifestyle.”

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hen it comes to breakfast, there are few hotels that know more about achieving continuous success than Scandic Hotels

in Norway. With the hotel chain having consistently won the prestigious Twinings Best Breakfast competition, including 12 victories out of the last 14 awards 132

at its Scandic Nidelven hotel, it’s clear Scandic is revolutionising the way it provides breakfast. “Unique for the Scandinavian hotel market, a rich and varied breakfast buffet is usually included in the room price. As a consequence, providing the best breakfast offering is a key factor in order to attract new guests and keeping existing guests loyal. What better way to do so by offering hotel guests the very best breakfast?” asks Morten Malting, Director of Food & Beverage of Scandic’s Norwegian operations. In order to achieve this, Scandic has developed and introduced a new breakfast offering together with its top chefs and key suppliers. By emphasising high-quality local produce, healthy products made fresh to order, often by chefs present in the breakfast restaurant, and acknowledging the importance of the service element with things as DECEMBER 2018


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“The journey of the quality of our F&B offering has been amazing,” says Malting.

local guests and our core business, hotel guests.”

“Initially, some hotels performed better

Malting mentions restaurant Nova

than others, but today we are an entire

at the newly reopened Hotel Norge by

chain of hotels recognised for great

Scandic as an example of how the

food and beverage experiences, and

company is embracing local love by

we have been successful in creating

selecting the absolute best local prod-

a variety of local restaurant concepts

uce and having the former Bocuse

with one thing in common: we target

d`Or winner Ørjan Johannessen as

the locals. We have managed to do this

the Chef Advisor – Johannessen also

through high-quality local produce

happens to be a local chef who began

and by focusing on telling the unique

his career as a Scandic apprentice.

stories to our guests. By doing this we

Another example is restaurant Bruket

have been successful in attracting both

at Scandic Lillestrøm. Both restaurants

“We have over 140 items on our breakfast buffet and work lots with local products.We really encourage the hotels to find local products from nearby, so that guests can enjoy the storytelling aspect of the products too” — Morten Malting, Director of Food & Beverage, Scandic Hotels Norway

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have become the preferred choice for

pany it was important to choose supp-

locals and hotel guests alike, thanks to

liers where we become their most

their ‘local love’ strategy. “In Norway,

important customer,” he explains.

there used to be a common impression

Malting points towards key suppliers

that hotel restaurants were of subpar

such as Albert Idsøe (A. Idsøe), which

quality and reserved for hotel guests

has provided high quality meat products

only – I’m glad we are changing that impr-

to Scandic, and Haugen Gruppen, an

ession. Now, even food critics recom-

important supplier within the food and

mend our restaurants,” says Malting.

beverage industry, as reasons why the

Malting emphasises the importance of maintaining relationships with suppl-

company has maintained its success. “I think Albert Idsøe was crucial as

iers and believes this has enabled

our meat supplier when we were small.

Scandic to produce a better product.

Even though it’s quite a small, family-

“My strategy has always been very

run company, I believe our partnership

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Year founded

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ly with the quality of our products. They

visit more than 400 breakfast buffets

currently have three signature prod-

to identify and crown the breakfast

ucts on our award-winning breakfast:

champion. “This competition has really

breakfast sausage, ham and liver paté.

helped us by creating an awareness

Our guests often comment on social

and interest in hotel breakfast among

media about the fantastic liver paté.

the public, and Scandic has taken the

All recipes are made in cooperation

number one position in Norway. It

between Scandic and A. Idsøe chefs,”

means that when people ask which

Malting explains.

hotel chain has the best breakfast,

“Haugen Gruppen, the supplier behind the ‘Twinings Best Breakfast’ competition, has really helped improve the overall

most people will answer Scandic. It really drives business for us.” Scandic Hotels Norway continues

breakfast offering in Norway,” he conti-

to work with all of these companies

nues. Every year independent judges

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each partnership, but Malting is careful to add that although good relations are important, neither supplier nor customer should become too comfortable and it’s vital to ensure a strict tendering process is maintained for every contract. “I think it’s a fine balance between having a really great network, partnerships and relationships – however, these relationships can never become too close because I think it’s critical that you keep your eyes open to see if there are alternative offerings on the market that can potentially do a better job,” he says. Photo © Scandic Hotels w w w.fdf wo r ld . com


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“That’s why we have our own procurement department, both on group level but also here in Norway,” he continues. “They pretty much run the tenders, but we decide together. I think it’s important to consider each company as not just a supplier but also someone that cooperates with us well as a partner. They must have a really great product and be able to offer the best price.”

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Scandic has also embraced another

leftover food to the public at discount-

digital solution called ‘Winnow Solutions’,

ed prices. Malting strongly believes

a system which connects a device to

the new app has been an excellent

a weight in order to measure leftover

initiative that has proved mutually

food from a buffet or a customer’s plate,

beneficial to both Scandic and its

affording Scandic an in-depth look at

customers. “The system allows us to

exactly how much is being wasted. The

get money for food that would

daily and weekly reports from the solu-

otherwise go in the bin. At Scandic,

tion enable Scandic’s head chefs to

we like to say that we make our food

produce the right amount of food each

with heart and passion. It belongs in

day and decrease food waste.

the stomach rather than the bin,” says

“If you really want to embrace sustain-

Malting. So far more than 70,000

ability through cutting down on over-

meals have been ‘saved from the bin’

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GROWTH THROUGH STRATEGIC ACQUISITIONS In recent years, Scandic has made significant acquisitions in a bid to strengthen its position as the leading hotel chain in the Nordic region. The company acquired the Norwegian hotel chain Rica Hotels in 2014, as well as Finland-based Restel in late 2017 in moves to drive Scandic forward. Malting believes the decision to purchase Rica, among other things, was key in allowing Scandic to revolutionise its breakfast. “Rica Hotels were very famous for their breakfast so when we acquired them, we actually integrated Rica into Scandic, and looked very carefully at how they handle breakfast. “We took the best from Rica and the best from Scandic and we turned it into an award-winning DECEMBER 2018


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breakfast. We have over 140 items on

with a “good morning”. Breakfast

our breakfast buffet and work lots with

is also a great occasion for hotel

local products. We really encourage

managers, or even the general

the hotels to find local products from

manager, to take an hour each

nearby, so that guests can enjoy the

morning to serve coffee or tea and

storytelling aspect of the products too”,

at the same time chat with guests

says Malting.

and create an informal arena to

Another key element for Malting

receive feedback on the overall hotel

is how the hotels are connecting with

experience or on the breakfast offer-

their guests.

ing. Breakfast is often the last impre-

“I think the breakfast has a lot to do

ssion a hotel guest has of a hotel

with the service level, the visible chefs

before checking out, and therefore

who make the omelette or eggs to

an important element of a stay to

order and how we greet our guests

make a good overall impression.”

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Having achieved such consider-

every breakfast buffet in a specific

able success with its breakfast

section. “Even though I don’t have

offering, Malting points to Scandic’s

any food intolerance myself, I was

mentality of ensuring that every

a little bit irritated that it’s always

customer is catered for regardless of

really low-quality products on offer

dietary requirements. This is a part

for those who do. It’s always affect-

of Scandic’s legacy as a pioneer of

ing the gluten-free or the lactose

accessibility and creating hotel

intolerant person, so they never have

experiences which every guest can

a great food experience when they

enjoy, regardless of disability or

visit hotels or restaurants,” says Malt-

specific requirements. Citing the

ing. “At Scandic today, our guests can

aim to achieve ‘a better morning to

enjoy great tasting allergy products

everyone’, Scandic has introduced

on our Food for All section, across

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FUTURE ASPIRATIONS Looking ahead to the future, Malting believes Scandic must continue to prioritise the guest experience in order to sustain its position as the leading hotel chain in the Nordics. “At Scandic, we are always working to be guest-centric. It’s all about the guest experience and we always make sure the guest comes first. We work hard to make everything as seamless as possible so that it’s easy for you to go on a mobile app to book your room or your restaurant; because we know that the digital journey is really important for us moving forward,” he explains. “I think it’s important for Scandic to lead the way. We are a leader when it comes to sustainability and have been since the early 1990s. We are also a leader when it comes to healthy food and food intolerance. If you don’t take each of these elements – health, Photo © Scandic Hotels

food intolerance and sustainability – seriously, then people aren’t going to choose to stay with you in the future. You could say that sustainability’s part of the Scandic DNA.”

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ll over the world, the hotel industry is changing and now more than ever before the role of procurement is proving key in

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but the modern-day hotel guest has far greater access to information and technology, resulting in a more informed guest which demands more from a hotel operator. For Veranda Leisure and Hospitality (VLH), key to understanding and delivering on this increasing demand lies within its procurement. “We have a hybrid procurement process, that is, we use a mix of decentralised and centralised procurement processes,” says Stéphane Lacoste, Group Procurement Manager, VLH. “With this modus operandi and the input of my great team, we can manage to meet our KPIs and achieve world class standards, ensuring that Veranda Leisure and Hospitality increases its competitive advantage.” VLH is the mother brand of two hotels’ brands: Heritage Resorts and Veranda Resorts. The group is composed of three hotels in the three-star DECEMBER 2018


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category, two hotels in the four-star category, two hotels in the five-star category, a 19th century Chateau, 50 luxury villas, an 18-hole championship golf course, one beach club famous for its international events, and its own spa and wellness brand Seven Colours Spa. As Group Procurement Manager, Stéphane oversees a small team of 9 people and is responsible for VLH’s yearly average spend of $30 million. But as Stéphane notes, procurement has changed dramatically in recent years and his teams’ responsibilities have too. “We manage the group’s procure156

ments for every category of items over the group” he says. “We are also part of the Project Management teams and we work with them for all procurement-related actions, decisions and strategies during the renovation of current assets and/or acquisition of new hotels.” This shift in responsibility within VLH speaks to an industry wide shift in procurement, with more and more companies looking to implement a robust strategic procurement function. But what is meant by strategic procurement? “Moving away from tactical procurement to a strategic model was one of the very first tasks I had here at VLH,” says Stéphane. “For me, strategic procurement is defined by information; you don’t know what you don’t know so we must be guided by DECEMBER 2018

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business model. He found that the

supply chain.”

existing ERP system proved incred-

VLH, like many organisations before

ibly inhibiting.

it, had been utilising a ‘tailor-made’

“To be able to do this, the ERP should

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

be up to standards,” he says. “In supply

system and it required a keen under-

chain, you need a world class ERP

standing and knowledge of how to use

system. The better you have and the

it in order to extract the necessary

better your data is stored, the better

information. Stéphane looked to review

you will maximise your efficiency in

the company’s whole supply chain and

gathering information, the better you

procurement processes, its supplier

will analyse the data and the better

and item rationalisations and its

you will implement cost improvement/

spending in order to better understand

reduction strategies to have the company

how procurement could better fit into

beneficiate from all of it.”

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information, procurement can’t develop

where used and replaced them with

any strategy.”

eco-friendly alternatives wherever

One such strategy that Stéphane

possible. The group has also replaced

and his procurement team have been

more than 200,000 plastic bottles from

working on is the implementation of

its operations through the implementa-

a more sustainably focused procure-

tion of bottling plants at all of its hotels.

ment function, which echoes a VLH

“Sustainability is at the heart of

groupwide approach to sustainability

everything we do and it’s rooted within

best practice. “We are constantly

our day-to-day thinking and actions in

encouraging and helping our business

order to enable the group to be greener

units to buy more responsibly and in a

throughout every single step of the

better way for the planet,” says Stéphane.

procurement process,” adds Stéphane.

To this end, VLH has removed all

Through the implementation of

plastic straws and polystyrene boxes

a Business Intelligence system, as

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Stéphane Lacoste, Group Procurement Manager at VLH Stéphane has 13 years of experience in procurement and supply across different industries, namely the banking industry, the FMCG industry, the manufacturing industry and the hospitality sector. His core expertise are strategic sourcing and purchasing, supply chain management, category management, contract management, ERPs, warehouse management, P&L accountability, negotiation skills, vendor management and project management. Since 2013, Stéphane has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, a renowned UK-based global professional body for procurement and supply. w w w.fdf wo r ld . com

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well as the company’s approach to

team working with you and have great

sustainable best practice, VLH contin-

external stakeholders helping you

ues to act on all steps of the procure-

to improve your supply chain” says

ment process with the necessary

Stéphane. “By applying our ESI concept,

controls and measures in place to

we use the knowledge and expertise of

increase overall efficiency and effec-

our partners to improve and maintain

tiveness. Key to any procurement

the quality of our goods and services

function is its supplier network and

in our supply chain.”

VLH has adopted an Early Supplier

In order to implement the ESI concept,

Involvement (ESI) concept designed

Stéphane understands that he and his

to ensure the highest standards are

team must continuously strive to create

met and continue to be met for all its

strong relationships with these external

procurement activities.

stakeholders, suppliers and partners.

“In procurement, each journey is

The goal of this, he feels, is to create

a success only when you have a great

relationships that are built on trust,

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161 mutual respect and honesty. With a supplier database of more than 1500 suppliers and vendors, how does Stéphane foster and develop key relationships? “Face to face communication wherever possible,” he says. “In all relationships trust and honesty should be the more important factors. Win/ lose relationships in supply chain will never succeed and for the relationship to work it must be reciprocal.” “Veranda Leisure and Hospitality is very lucky to have such great suppliers

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process of involving our partners in our decisions is one of our success factors in our relationships.” A key factor to developing these relationships is transparency and data capture through e-procurement. As the procurement sector becomes more agile and embraces technology further, Stéphane can assess its processes and share this information with VLH’s stakeholders. This he feels

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60,000 Clients per year

1982

Year founded

2,000

Approximate number of employees

makes sense in order to foster relationships but also improve and enable growth as a business. “E-procurement allows greater speed in the way we can do business and the easiness in which we can obtain information and make decisions based on that information,” says Stéphane. “Combine that with VLH’s international standard policies regarding good governance and how

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we rely on internal and external

VLH’s strategy over the coming years

auditors to challenge our processes

will be defined by an approach to

in order to improve what we do and I’d

continuous improvement, analysing

argue transparency is absolutely

and reanalysing its supply chain and

crucial to the VLH of today and the

procurement as it continues to play

one of tomorrow.�

an ever-increasing role in growing

Whatever the future holds for VLH

competitive advantage.

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Innovation: the golden thread that ties Aditya Birla Textiles together WR IT TE N BY

L AU R A M UL L AN PR OD UC ED BY

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United by an innovative strategy, a cutting-edge portfolio and a team of over 13,000 people, Aditya Birla Textiles is making its mark on the textile world

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rom the clothes on your back to the walls around you, Aditya Birla Group is where

many everyday products come to life. 166 The Indian multinational conglomerate has a far-reaching portfolio – the group has a presence in the industries of metals and mining, cement, textiles including branded apparel, carbon black, chemicals, financial services, telecommunications and much more. Yet, regardless of the market, Aditya Birla Group has continued to leave an impression. Today, the group stands as a world leader in aluminium rolling, viscose staple fibre and carbon black production – and this pioneering approach hasn’t gone amiss within its Textiles, Acrylic Fibre or Overseas Spinning businesses either.

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“Sustainability is a way of life for us. It’s part of our DNA” — Jagadish Barik, Chief Sustainability Officer and VP of Business Excellence

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As a top Fortune 500 company, Aditya Birla Group also boasts the finances to back up its leading reputation, reporting a market capitalisation of about $50bn. Since its foundation over a century ago, the group has grown to become the third-largest Indian conglomerate in the private sector and, looking to the future, it has devised a new strategy to ensure it remains a global leader for years to come. Aditya Birla Textiles – consisting of Textiles (Linen & Wool), Acrylic Fibre and Overseas Spinning businesses, has a jaw-dropping output from nine

“Our strategy is to offer more technical and value-adding products using innovation and technology” — Kapil Agrawal, CEO of Overseas Spinning

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Kapil Agrawal Mr. Kapil Agrawal is the CEO of Overseas Spinning business, taking care of five units in Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines. He is a chartered accountant by profession. He joined Aditya Birla Group as Management Trainee in Grasim Chemicals division and then moved to Chairman’s office, assigned with responsibilities of Textiles and got exposure to the total value chain from pulp to retail. Within the Aditya Birla Group, he worked at Madura Garments, Aditya Birla Retail in various profiles before moving to Overseas Spinning business as COO and then moved up to CEO. He is a key learner, visionary and believes in execution of strategy.

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five countries. Its acrylic fibre business has a capacity of about 125,000 tonnes, while its overseas spinning business has as many as 625,000 spindles and a production capacity of around 172,000 tonnes of yarn.

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a firm that creates unique, value-adding products. As part of this, innovation has become a top priority, helping the firm create unique products like its anti-bacterial fibre Amicor or its E X E C U T I V E P R OF IL E

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sustainable gel-dyed fibre Radianza. Satyaki Ghosh, CEO of Aditya Birla Group’s Textiles and Acrylic Fibre business, believes the company has devised a thorough plan for success. “In the wool industry, our focus is not only to be a preferred supplier by ensuring quality and availability at competitive prices; we also want to proactively lead the transition of wool from a formal to casual fabric,” Ghosh says. “Therefore, we have recently invested in a facility to produce wool that is more machine washable.” Meanwhile, in the acrylic fibre and spinning businesses, the company has increasingly focused on strategic markets and distinctive fabric applications. “Our strategy is to offer more technical and value-adding products using innovation and technology,” notes Kapil Agrawal, CEO of Overseas Spinning. “We have recently started creating more technical yarns, for instance, which are used for military, firefighting or medical purposes.” Indeed, Aditya Birla Textiles has consistently invested in research and development to ensure it remains up to speed with the latest innovations. w w w.fdf wo r ld . com

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me an idea. I think that’s one of our most

a fibre can be spun, the company

unique and differentiating factors.”

can spin it, using next-generation

Aditya Birla Textiles doesn’t compro-

technologies like ring spun, vortex

mise on machinery either, using only

and open-end machines.

top-of-the-line equipment from Europe,

“We have also created a unique

Japan and beyond. This helps to ensure

pilot plant which essentially allows

that the best quality products are created

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and that they are created consistently. It also means that employees no longer need to work on repetitive tasks but can instead focus on more value-adding ones. This pioneering approach has helped to position Aditya Birla Textiles’ brands among the most sought-after brands in India, with the business now standing as one of the leading producers and exporters of acrylic fibre, spun yarn, wool tops and yarns, linen yarns, fabrics and apparel. This reputation has been recognised by leading players in the apparel market like Restoration Hardware, Utenos, H&M, Speciality Fashion and Devold Norway 1853, which have all selected Aditya Birla Group as a key supplier.

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Satyaki Ghosh joined the Aditya Birla Group in 2016 as a CEO for Domestic Textiles & Thai Acrylic Fibre Business. He had previously been working as a General Manager & Director of Consumer Products Division at L’Oreal India, then in the company’s Paris headquarters. His 23-year long career has seen him involved with General Electric, PepsiCo and Spencer’s Retail; his experience cuts across consumer and retail businesses.

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Dr. Jagadish Chandra Barik is Chief Sustainability Officer and VP – Business Excellence for Textiles, Acrylic Fibre and Overseas Spinning business. He has more than 25 years of experience in projects, manufacturing, quality assurance, Business Excellence and Lean Six Sigma. Prior to Aditya Birla Group, he worked as Corporate Head – Quality, Systems & Process at ITC Ltd, Director – Process Excellence at Xchanging Technology and General Manager – Production at Reliance Industries Ltd.

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“Our entire strategy revolves around quality, achieving scale and size, achieving market share and achieving customer excellence” — Thomas Varghese, Business Head of Textiles, Acrylic Fibre and Overseas Spinning

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“With access to world class facilities,

A consumer-centric commitment

cutting-edge technology and our

Carving out a customer-driven path

state-of-the-art R&D center, we are

in the sector, Aditya Birla Group had

now the fifth largest acrylic fibre

worked hard to stay one step ahead of

producer in the world,” says Ghosh.

its customers wants and needs. In the

“We’re also at the forefront of the

domestic textiles market, Ghosh says

developing domestic linen market.

that Cavallo, the company’s linen-blend-

Our Linen Club brand enjoys leader-

ed apparel brand, is helping it cater to

ship status in the Indian market and

its value-seeking digital consumers.

is a brand of choice for linen connois-

“We have launched a value-for-money,

seurs across the country.”

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distinct look and comfort of linen combined with the easy-care attributes of cotton,” he says. “Cavallo has been received well by the digital consumer and we are looking to up the ante here.” Meanwhile, in the wool market, Ghosh points to the mass transition in the global fashion space from woven to knits, formal to casual wear and from dry cleaned to machine washed garments. “To tap into this segment, we have invested in the capability of producing machine washable wool and blended yarns in-house,” he notes. 176

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177 player in each of its segments. “Our entire strategy revolves around quality, achieving scale and size, achieving market share and achieving customer excellence,” he notes. “We use a Net Promoter Score (NPS) to see the loyalty of our customer relationships. To improve this, we get regular feedback from customers; this is fed back to our teams who get into a huddle on a weekly basis to resolve any pain points almost in real time. This helps us enhance our customer satisfaction levels and improve our NPS.” Benchmarking, lean manufacturing and six sigma projects are all commonplace at Aditya Birla Textiles. Additionally, Varghese w w w.fdf wo r ld . com


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points out that customer journey

A greener approach to business

mapping is frequently used by the

Not only is Aditya Birla Textiles taking

business. By examining consumers’

a fresh approach to its business

touch points and resolving any hurdles,

processes, it is also thinking of new

the business ensures that its top

ways it can grow in a sustainable,

priority is always the customer. “We

environmentally friendly way.

always like to ensure that we’re at

United by a common sustainability

the cutting edge by revamping and

vision, Aditya Birla Textiles has

modernising our process periodically;

challenged itself to grow in a way

this ensures we don’t lag behind in

that makes a positive difference to

terms of competitiveness of technol-

consumers and communities alike.

ogy and cost,” Varghese adds.

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reducing its carbon emissions and cutting down its water use, for example, the firm hopes to become the benchmark for sustainable businesses. Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) and Vice President of Business Excellence, Jagadish Barik, says that sustainability isn’t a second-hand thought at the firm but rather a common thread that runs throughout the business. “Sustainability is a way of life for us,” he says. “It’s part of our DNA.

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We want to become the industry benchmark in sustainability processes and practices by 2020 through qualitative engagement with all stakeholders.� As such, the group has adopted the Higg Index, an apparel and footwear industry standard for assessing environmental and social sustainability throughout the supply chain. It has also reduced its energy consumption (increasingly opting for renewable energy sources) and has implemented a variety of far-reaching corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes which it hopes will develop 180

and improve the livelihood of the communities surrounding its factories. With over 13,000 employees under its wing, Aditya Birla Textiles has been quick to understand that its people are instrumental to its day-to-day operations. As a result, the business has built a meticulous programme to develop its team. The business has increasingly used what it calls ‘two by two’ metrics, whereby employees can work in two departments, two businesses and two geographies to give them exposure to new areas of the sector. Additionally, the business is also keen to promote local talent rather than relying on expats, apparent as the some of the business units has reduced its reliance on expats by up to 30% over the last four DECEMBER 2018


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“We want to become the industry benchmark in sustainability processes and practices by 2020” — Jagadish Barik, Chief Sustainability Officer and VP of Business Excellence

years. This is helping to enrich local communities by providing more investment and employment opportunities. Not only the business teams predominantly local but also diverse, with women accounting for majority of its workforce in many Aditya Birla Textile units. Investing in people, processes, technology and sustainability, Aditya Birla Textiles has established itself as a powerhouse in the textile, acrylic fibre and spinning markets. By not compromising on quality, it has ensured it will remain a leading player for years to come.

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