SPAR International, with more than 13,100 independently owned food retail stores in over 45 countries, has named Scania Global Supplier of the Year.
In 2019, Scania was nominated by SPAR International as a preferred supplier. “We are proud to have this supplier on board after running a successful buying alliance and to advance the sustainability agenda together for the wider SPAR community,” according to the citation.
“Driving the sustainability agenda in the transportation sector, Scania is investing heavily in creating long term partnerships that go beyond the general sales approach. As a retailer, SPAR organisations are often called upon by customers to show progress in cleaner distribution, lower emissions and noise reduction in urban areas.”
“The winner of this year’s award wants to push this agenda. Not to boost their sales, but as a principle, because they truly believe they have a responsibility towards the sustainability agenda.”
The existing partnership between Scania and the SPAR partner in Norway, NorgesGruppen and its wholesaler Asko, was particularly highlighted for implementing operations with alternative fuel vehicles. “These initiatives are spreading through more alternative fuel vehicles being provided and tested.”
In Ireland, for instance, SPAR wholesaler BWG Foods has to date invested in 14 compressed gas trucks.