Sanderson Transport and Farrington Oils: Like-minded people, preserving high standards in UK-wide food distribution
Farrington Oils produces the well-known Mellow Yellow rapeseed oil from their family farm in Northamptonshire. It was Britain’s first ‘seed-to-bottle’ premium cold pressed rapeseed oil and the world’s first food product to be certified as both carbon and plastic neutral. A ground-breaking step for fourth-generation farmer Duncan Farrington, who is passionate about the provenance of his product and environmentally-aware agriculture.
Our partnership began back in 2010, when Farrington Oils were beginning their journey of growth, entering into the mainstream food sector and creating early partnerships with some of the large retailers. Today, Stephen Sanderson Transport supports them with complete end-to-end logistics and distribution, across major supermarket chains nationwide.
Many of our long-standing clients have grown alongside us, and the greatest challenge has been the ability to adapt and flex our services to meet the evolving distribution and transport needs that come with growth.
When Farrington Oils began partnering with the major supermarkets, the issue wasn’t simply one of up-scaling and cost-competitiveness. It was the ability for Sanderson, as hauliers, to support them in continuously meeting the very exacting requirements and regulations of the leading retailers – across a complex range of measures. For example, this can extend from how the product is transported, to the detail of how the pallets are selected and presented, how they’re wrapped, their dimensions, and our commitment to minimising environmental impact. Not to mention precise scheduling and reliability.
Farrington Oils tell us that the solution is in our people and our approach:
Sanderson Transport have adapted and flexed to what is needed, to keep our service levels where we aspire for them to be.
Working with partners who share our values is important to us and, as a family business, Stephen Sanderson Transport reflect our own ethos. Their shared objective of working to slow down climate change supports our LEAF commitment to the relationship between farming and the environment. Our remote location has never daunted or prevented the drivers from reaching us but more importantly, they are very sensitive to the fact that we are keen to keep traffic away from the village and to a minimum.
Sanderson is made up of a unique group of people who care as much about our product as we do. They employ dedicated staff who go above and beyond to support us, and their drivers are great ambassadors who feel like part of our team.