On Monday 17th February fifteen second year CAFRE Greenmount undergraduate students were invited to a talk with JP MCShane, Food manager at M&S, Sprucefield. This was the second part the Supply chain programme held by both, ourselves, Linden Foods, and M&S to encourage the next generation to become more involved in the agri-food sector.
This has given the students the opportunity to see the complete meat supply chain, from the livestock coming off the trailer at Linden Foods, the processing and packaging and onto the shelf at M&S.
The talk outlined the PACK principle which M&S uses throughout its stores on a National level. This principle relates to the four key areas; presentation, availability, cross-selling and knowledge.
The day ended, with the students being set the task of presenting to a panel how they would establish a supply chain for a new agricultural or horticultural product. The product supply chain would have to meet the requirements of a Marks and Spencer supplier.
The winners will receive an all-expense paid trip to London to visit the Marks and Spencer headquarters and meet senior staff.