Food Revolution-Approach to Innovation, Procurement and Sustainability

In today’s episode, we speak with Axel Lundstrom, Vice President of Indirect Procurement at Danone. He discusses what indirect procurement is and does not go into the product, including services purchased around the company and parts that go into making products, such as logistics, manufacturing, transportation, marketing plans, HR, and warehousing. We talked about supply chain procurement and how they make things available on the shelf. We discussed how they embrace digital technologies and automate logistics and shipping interactions with carriers. He also gave ideas on procurement solutions for seamless product acquisition and installed B1 to track the progress of their job. He spoke briefly about logistics and offered information about a wide range of products and how they operate on their divisions in dairy and plant-based products, water, and medical nutrition. We discussed how they are moving toward sustainability and aiming B-Corp certification. We discussed his team’s work in indirect procurement and how they support ESG initiatives to ensure their suppliers have a sustainable business model.

About Danone – Based out of Paris is a leading multi-national food and beverage company focused on health-oriented and fast-growing categories across three divisions: Essential Dairy & Plant-Based Products, Waters, and Specialized Nutrition. Danone aims to encourage better and more sustainable eating and drinking choices through its ‘One Planet. One Health’s frame of action views people’s and the planet’s health as inextricably linked. Danone has developed nine 2030 Goals to accelerate the food revolution and produce superior, sustainable, and lucrative value for all stakeholders, and has pioneered the way as the first listed business in France to embrace the “Entreprise à Mission” designation.

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