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Simplot’s Kelso plant uses Loscam plastic pallets

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Demand for fish on the rise plastic is also a household name at Simplot’s Kelso plant, where all ingredients are now stored on plastic pallets.

According to Warehouse supervisor, there has been some changes recently, with goods coming into the warehouse from our suppliers, on the plastic pallets.

Under the HACCP, Kelso now has to have all its ingredients on plastic pallets.

The Kelso plant, in Bathurst, NSW, is a major processor of fish, vegetable and chicken products.

Kelso makes all the fillet of fish for the catering chains, and it has four or five major brand names, such as I&J and birds eye. All together Kelso makes about 85 different products.

The Kelso plant, which also has a part-share in a breeding plant, employs around 400 staff and uses around 800 plastic pallets a week.

Kelso has an incoming freezer which holds about 900 pallets and an outgoing freezer which holds about 400 pallets, and for packaging, it is close to 1000 pallets.

Out of Kelso’s dispatch door, it has five to six fully-laden freezer trucks going to Sydney every day, and all of that is on Loscam pallets.

The relationship with Loscam is a good one. They focus on customer service and quality and they strive to undertake continuous improvement.

Loscam is customer-oriented, Kelso has had meetings with Loscam’s NSW State Manager, National Sales Manager and Vic/Tas Sales Manager, who have all been up here to see Kelso.

According to Loscam, the changes within the company have led to improvements in response time to any customer issues. In regards to Simplot, issues are getting resolved a lot sooner. Under CEO Neil McBain’s leadership, Kelso has been given the ability and authority to fix things on the spot, rather than hold things over.

All of this is good news at Kelso, where more pallets will be required if the demands for fish continue to rise.

There is always added demand at Lent and generally a build-up before Christmas, but overall, more fish is being eaten these days because people are becoming more health-conscious.

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