Food & Drink International - Winter 2017, Volume 2 - 55
Columbus Craft Meats
of people who have been with the company for a very long time and people
who have come to the organization in
the recent past," Todd says.
Changes in personnel and realignment of responsibilities has resulted
in an upgrade to the skill set in Columbus's supply chain. "We are bringing
in people with various backgrounds,"
Todd explains. "We brought on one
person from a tech company, another from an ice cream manufacturer
and one person came from The Kraft
Heinz Co., for example. That has led
to a diversity of talent, which combined with the folks who have been
here for years, makes for a strong and
Today, Columbus's high-performing supply chain team has great camaraderie. "Everyone pitches in and
helps if someone is struggling or has a
heavy workload," Todd says. "Our team
also has great relationships with its
cross-functional partners. I often hear
that people love working with the supply chain team. As a team, we do a lot
of things together and that has helped
build that camaraderie."
Moving forward, the supply chain
team at Columbus Craft Meats will focus on optimizing its warehouse and
distribution network. In the past two
years, the company's business has
shifted from having a heavy focus on
the West Coast to expanding throughout the country.
"We have one very small warehouse
in Hayward and the volume of product
that is distributed through the warehouse grew by about 20 percent last
year," Todd says. "We are stretched to
the rafters essentially. We are figuring
out now what do we do going forward?
Do we partner with a third-party logistics partner and move product to the
Midwest? What products do we move
out of this distribution center?
"We now have a high-performing
supply chain team and we can begin to
make greater improvements and take
the company to the next level of performance and service."
The Zack Family has always promised that we will
produce the finest quality turkey and chicken you have
ever brought to your table. This promise is proven
true every time you purchase Zacky Farms Turkeys
or LillianZ Ranch Chickens. The reason is that we have
never changed our values. One important example: we
feed our birds a vegetarian diet consisting mainly of
good golden corn. They are allowed to roam freely with
food, along with water from our own wells, available
to them at all times. From those first days in 1928, the
Zacky family has continued to bring you the best quality
poultry you can buy. As Lillian Zacky always says "We
are Second to None."
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