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Birmingham Wholesale Markets – a local food hub for public procurement?. Localise West Midlands March 2009. Why BWM for PP. Mapping wholesalers – 21 out of 29 BWM wholesalers willing and able Place of wholesalers in local supply chain

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birmingham wholesale markets a local food hub for public procurement

Birmingham Wholesale Markets – a local food hub for public procurement?

Localise West Midlands

March 2009

Regional Food Procurement Workstream 9th Oct 09

why bwm for pp
Why BWM for PP
  • Mapping wholesalers – 21 out of 29 BWM wholesalers willing and able
  • Place of wholesalers in local supply chain
  • ‘Hub’ location & structure – model for local food supply into major urban area
  • public procurement: critical mass and whole system efficiency of public spend
  • Markets move

Regional Food Procurement Workstream 9th Oct 09

lwm s brief
LWM’s brief
  • Identify extent of current BWM/public sector relationships
  • Current BWM sourcing and capabilities
  • Public sector supply chains & requirements
  • Good practice - other wholesale markets
  • Recommendations

Regional Food Procurement Workstream 9th Oct 09

findings wholesalers 1
Findings – wholesalers 1
  • Huge diversity of types of wholesaler
  • (Perceived?) lack of local produce availability; agents’ existing relationships
  • 3 F&V wholesalers with significant local produce focus
  • Lack of local produce demand
  • Local produce often Class 2: less profit margin

Regional Food Procurement Workstream 9th Oct 09

findings general
Findings - general
  • Role as second tier suppliers to PS – slow invoicing, ‘small drops’ etc
  • PS’s first tier suppliers sourcing directly from growers (no info on proportions)
  • Cost: paperwork, transport & price fluctuation issues. Seasonality link
  • Best practice Manchester & London – lessons learnt

Regional Food Procurement Workstream 9th Oct 09

findings ps
Findings - PS
  • Difficult to access info on PS requirements & arrangements…
  • Centralised supply chains - policy conflicts (exploiting combined buying power vs local sourcing)
  • inflexible product specifications
  • Local sourcing policies and guidance not translated into actual demand

Regional Food Procurement Workstream 9th Oct 09

overcoming barriers public sector
Overcoming barriers- Public Sector
  • Raise PS demand for local produce - collect local produce data; set targets; DEFRA model clauses
  • Flexibilities: processing, packaging, seasonality/glut and class

- affordable local produce

- BWM collaboration & flexibility

Regional Food Procurement Workstream 9th Oct 09

overcoming barriers supply end
Overcoming barriers – supply end
  • Distribution –to & from (EFFP, HEFF)
  • Accreditation info
  • Tendering process training
  • Internet (access & websites)
  • Fresh produce CO2 emissions measuring tool (Covent Garden)

Regional Food Procurement Workstream 9th Oct 09

options for next steps
Options for Next Steps
  • London, Manchester, B’ham workshop
  • Pilots

-     Meet the Buyer events

-     production agreements

-     utilising Class 2 – processed or otherwise

    • distribution offer
    • urban freight consolidation centre link?

Regional Food Procurement Workstream 9th Oct 09

next steps 2
Next steps 2
  • Capitalise on markets’ move; provide facilities for new trading models
  • Birmingham sustainable procurement compact
  • Focus on increasing market for producers - regardless of PS custom
  • Urban hub model for local produce

Regional Food Procurement Workstream 9th Oct 09

localise west midlands

Localise West Midlands

Local economic solutions for sustainability

www.localisewestmidlands.org.uk0121 685 [email protected]

Regional Food Procurement Workstream 9th Oct 09

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