We believe this is truly possible through better use of knowledge and effective cooperation within and beyond the traditional supply chain. This demands new business models, innovations, and transparent supply chains and, above all, producers that take the lead.
As transparency is becoming the new norm in today’s business, supply chain efficiency, agility and end-to-end visibility become strategically important. Being fully aligned with your customers means, apart from being competitive, being able to offer complete transparency about product features, quality, costs and services.
Adding value to your logistics as a producer means adding value to your total product offering. Full transparency in logistics costs is therefore a must. And it is an important factor to gain a deeper understanding of your customer’s true demands and priorities. Creating added value to your outbound logistics is our license to operate.
Kien is a Dutch company. It is founded on cooperative business principles and by origin deeply rooted in the European and global logistics of fresh and frozen food products. The history of our business is embedded in the development of the supply chain and logistics activities of Farm Frites International, one of today’s world leading producers of potato products and specialties with customers in more than 100 countries.
Non-asset based service provider
In 2010 Kien started as a non-asset based service provider to boost logistics cost saving initiatives and coordinate the delivery of Farm Frites’ overseas shipments.
Independent logistics platform
Following a strategic reorientation in 2014 it was decided to transform Kien’s business model into a new and independent logistics platform. Kien Logistics Management was founded in 2015 to unite and bundle the outbound global logistics needs of food producing companies seeking to take the next step in sustainable supply chain collaboration.
The strong development of Farm Frites leads to growth of its logistics activities
Farm Logix is being activated by Farm Frites as a non-asset based organization to further optimize its logistics
Re-orientation of the Farm Logix model renders the strategic decision to transform to a new business model aimed at horizontal collaboration in outbound logistics
Kien is introduced as the first logistics cooperative by and for producers of chilled and frozen food products
As an independent platform Kien unites en manages the logistics of several leading member producers acting in the global food industry
The food sector has changed rapidly in the past decade. Major advancements in the retail, foodservice and wholesale environments, the use of tracking technology, smart packaging, and improved operational and IT capabilities have made it possible to export almost every food product to any part of the world at the right quality specifications.
The food supply chain has its unique logistics and regulatory challenges. At Kien we have developed a deep understanding and expertise regarding these challenges. And also about the operations and the critical factors surrounding it. Knowledge that we want to share, apply and expand.
Supply chain innovation
We recognize that innovations in food products, service concepts, packaging and technology applications will have a large impact on today’s food supply chain, from farm to fork.
Growing global concerns to improve sustainability in the entire food supply chain leads to new collaborative initiatives between supply chain partners. At Kien we are strongly committed to the notion of collaboration between producers in outbound logistics as a means to a more sustainable food supply chain.
Kien is a carrier-independent and trusted logistics cooperative by and for food producers.
Joining the platform as a producer means becoming both user and owner. In this role they contribute to and benefit from optimal use of the combined mass in volumes, smart IT systems and shared knowledge to drive their logistics performance forward.
Kien is governed by cooperative principles. Making profit is not our objective. We provide full transparency in all costs and any net-surplus principally returns to our user-owners for that matter.
We act as a trusted logistics- and knowledge partner. Information confidentiality and data integrity are closely watched and secured. We apply strict compliance protocols to safeguard the use and storage of data and exchange of information with and between our member users.
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