COVID-19 Webinar Series: Views from the industry

Supply chain resilience: New direct sourcing opportunities for UK food wholesalers from South Africa

Of the many challenges to businesses from COVID-19, robust & resilient supply chains have emerged as amongst the most critical. In addition, the expected disruption caused by Brexit, supply chains for food and drink wholesalers are under unprecedented levels of scrutiny. This is an opportune time for UK fresh produce wholesalers to broaden their supply horizons – and South Africa can offer significant trading opportunities.

On this webinar, we discussed the current trends of this sub-sector, with focus on their supply chain strategy, and the trade relationship between UK and South Africa, particularly the advantages of sourcing from South Africa, as well as the ability to source partners and ethical producers locally. We also touched on how Santander can provide connectivity and financial support to businesses in this sub-sector

Host: John Carroll, Head of International & Transactional Banking, Santander

Speakers: Nigel Jenney, CEO, Fresh Produce Consortium; Leon Ayo, President, British Chamber of Business in Southern Africa; Vinod Madhavan, Global Head of Trade, Transactional Products and Services, Standard Bank and Sean Jordan-Kirwan South Africa Country Director, DIT.

Santander colleagues: Sukh Nat, Head of Wholesale & Retail Sector and Zelmari Geldenhuys, Country Support for Southern Africa.

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