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Suppliers and the Global Strategic Sourcing team

As a business partner, the Global Strategic Sourcing team manages business relationships with suppliers and works with them to create value.

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Supplier Relationship Management Program

To maintain its leadership position and deploy its business strategy, Agropur has implemented a program to effectively manage and develop its relationships with its strategic suppliers.

Quality performance

Quality performance

Suppliers meet and exceed expectations by consistently providing goods and services of the highest quality.

Service level

Service level

The supplier provides an exceptional level of service and proactively offers solutions that meet the Cooperative’s current and future needs.

Cost out

Cost out

Participating in a competitive value chain, the supplier is competitive and transparent and actively contributes to optimizing Agropur’s total acquisition cost.

Innovation

Innovation

Suppliers’ ability to propose innovative solutions that are aligned with the needs of Agropur’s customers and contribute to Agropur’s success

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Risk management

Risk management

Suppliers’ agility in managing risks proactively and implementing contingency plans to mitigate their negative impacts.

Business affinities

Business affinities

Endorsement of Agropur’s values and desire to build a lasting, mutually beneficial relationship with the Cooperative.

 

Supplier Awards

In an ever-changing industry, we work collaboratively with our suppliers to make our cooperative stand out. And to highlight the greatest achievements of the year, we recognize and reward our best suppliers at our Supplier Awards ceremony. Several awards are handed out, including the Grand Award, Supplier of the Year.

Awards granted

  • 4 project-related awards: Our multidisciplinary teams vote for a recipient in each category, choosing among all the projects nominated.

  • 2 performance-related awards: The recipients of these awards are selected on the basis of performance indicators and surveys of Agropur employees.

  • Supplier of the Year: The winner of the grand prize is selected on the basis of overall performance.

Excellence

First Agropur Supplier Awards Ceremony

Some of our suppliers have been with us for decades, while others have joined us only recently. But they all share the goal of giving the best of themselves. In March 2017, Agropur held its first-ever Supplier Awards Ceremony at its head office. The awards presented recognized suppliers for their outstanding commitment and excellent service.

Awards granted to suppliers

2017

Weber International Packaging

Best performance quality and service level (ingredients and packaging supplier)

Weber International Packaging, our supplier of single-serving Natrel milk containers, received this award for the second year in a row. It maintained a high service level of over 90% without any quality incidents being reported.

Wow Logistics

Best quality of service (service provider)

WOW Logistics won this award for its peerless service, his efficiency and his cost-effective solutions to support the rapid growth of Agropur.

Silgan holdings Inc.

Living our values

Silgan won this award because of the excellence of its services and its commitment to collaboration and communication. Silgan provides us with a foil seal to all our milk bottles caps assuring the highest level of tamper evidence.

Kerry Inc.

Best social and environmental initiative

Kerry Inc. helped its Granby plant to exceed its environmental targets three-fold. Among other things, waste was reduced by 40% and water consumption by 46%.

Novozymes A/S

Best innovation project

Novozymes A/S, a supplier of enzymes to our plants in Canada and the U.S., was involved in developing an innovative solution related to high-quality whey protein isolate.

Hydrite Chemical Co.

Best cost optimization project

Hydrite Chemical Co. is our cleaning and sanitation chemical supplier. Our joint projects with Hydrite helped reduce our water treatment time by two hours per day, increased our production and saved a total of 32 million litres of water per year.

2016

lg2, Itega et PWC

Best Innovation Project

This award went to lg2, Itega and PWC, who fielded a team of 12 specialists to submit concepts for the first edition of Inno Challenge.

DSM

Best Quality Ingredients Supplier

This award went to DSM for its cheese cultures and enzymes, which had zero quality defects.

Cascades

Best Social & Sustainability Initiative

This award was presented to Cascades, our supplier of shipping boxes, who enabled us to save 100,000 trees.

Hood Packaging

Best Cost-Out Project

Hood Packaging redesigned the plastic film for our milk bags, thus reducing leaks by 30% while also cutting costs.

Cascades

Best Social & Sustainability Initiative

This award was presented to Cascades, our supplier of shipping boxes, who enabled us to save 100,000 trees.

Viridis

Best Service Level Supplier

Viridis garnered this award for its proactive service and turnkey waste-management solutions.

Weber International Packaging

Best Quality Packaging Supplier

This award was presented to Weber International Packaging for the exceptional quality of its high-density polyethylene bottles.

Supplier of the Year 2017

This awards was presented to Wow Logistics, our American supplier specialized in warehousing, transportation, real estate and commodity purchasing solutions in the U.S.

Supplier of the Year 2016

Ingredients manufacturer Chr. Hansen came away with the top award, Supplier of the Year. Chr. Hansen has been a supplier of Agropur’s for decades. Its efforts have enabled the Cooperative to double its production of OKA cheese. Chr. Hansen representatives were emotional as they accepted the award: “Receiving this award is an incredible honour for our company and our employees throughout the world.”