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Foundation for Strategic Sourcing Announces 2015 Outsourcing Excellence Awards

March 26, 2015
By Business Wire News


The Foundation for Strategic Sourcing (F4SS) announced the recipients of its Outsourcing Excellence Awards which were presented at the recent F4SS CONNECT event in San Diego. Based on actual case studies, the new, two-part awards recognize a CPG company and their contract manufacturing partner for their collaboration.

Four major CPG / FMCG companies and five contract manufacturing partners received the 2015 awards. The winners were chosen from the case studies submitted by F4SS member companies. Eight of the nine recipients are members of F4SS. All were in attendance to accept their awards.

“Contract manufacturing relationships are evolving rapidly,” says Lisa Shambro, executive director of F4SS. “No longer a tactical solution, today’s relationships are complex, requiring new levels of collaboration and trust between branded CPG companies and their supply chain partners.”

All case studies focused on specific projects and outcomes produced through world-class collaboration. The actual case studies are available on the F4SS website. For competitive reasons, some case details may be redacted.

F4SS 2015 Outsource Excellence Award Winners

Award      CPG Company      Contract Manufacturer      Case Study
Gold Kellogg’s Roskam Baking Company

Collaborative frozen product manufacturing network redesign.

Silver Procter & Gamble Coregistics

Rapid, collaborative peak season supply chain response to product crisis in US port.

Bronze General Mills Hearthside Food Solutions

Collaboration and co-innovation on new product development and new product commercializations.

Honorable Mention Kellogg’s Peacock Engineering Collaboration and co-investment in new capacity to speed time to market and lower costs.
Honorable Mention Butterfly Health Kleen Test Products Rapid development of new FMCG category, shortening development time and enabling national rollout.

“These awards are recognition of the value of engaging and leveraging your contract manufacturing partners sooner in the process. When you engage them in at the ‘design’ stage with clear expectations of what success looks like, the possibilities of what you can achieve together are far greater than what you could have achieved by engaging them in at the ‘execution’ stage,” said Brenda Brenner, vice president – global contract manufacturing, Kellogg Company, and an F4SS board member.

F4SS membership is global and open to all CPG / FMCG companies and their suppliers. This year’s award recipients Kellogg Company (K), Procter & Gamble (PG), General Mills (GIS), Kleen Test Products, Roskam Baking Company, Hearthside Food Solutions and Peacock Engineering are F4SS members.

The Foundation for Strategic Sourcing (F4SS), founded by leading CPG companies and manufacturing suppliers in 2006, is a collaborative, non-profit membership organization composed of CPG companies and supplier networks of contract manufacturers, contract packagers, and secondary packagers. Focused on increasing collaboration, supply chain efficiency and enabling innovation, F4SS members share a common goal of lowering supply chain costs and creating more value for the ultimate consumers of their products. To download case studies, or obtain F4SS membership please visit

for Foundation for Strategic Sourcing
Carl Melville, 760-671-1110