Fresh thinking for food and beverage

For many years, the Food and Beverage industry has had to strike a balance between the requirements of government regulations and cost pressures with customer experience and product quality. All while navigating a market of fluctuating inflation and supply uncertainty.

From early-stage pre-development and feasibility activity, identifying alternative raw materials, driving out waste, and improving operational efficiency. Proxima has helped leading names in the industry to commercially navigate their supplier partnerships and achieve best in class results.

Learning how to act in times of opportunity and bolster in times of challenge across your supply chain is a real skill. The need for this is heightened by evolving consumer trends and innovative technology solutions. Procurement may just be the key ingredient.

Procurement solutions tailored to your challenges

We are practitioner-led. Our people bring real-world industry experience and adopt a hands-on approach to both the challenges and opportunities within Food and Beverage. Prevalent in the market, with leading brands trusting Proxima as their procurement partner, we bring fresh, relevant, actionable insight from across the industry and beyond.

The industry is seeing shifts in consumer behavior that look set to stay; whether it be reduced liquor consumption, increased plant-based alternatives, or the switch to planet-friendly goods. With this comes the need for organizations to adapt and evolve.

Key questions are shaping future strategies in the industry:

  • What does the continued focus on AI-driven supply chain management mean for your organization?
  • What are the implications of switching to more sustainable packaging?
  • What level of supply chain visibility do you have today versus full traceability?

We help organizations by:

  • Mapping key supply chains and understanding risks and opportunities.
  • Leveraging our extensive knowledge and experience in direct and indirect procurement.
  • Identifying and executing cost-out programs to optimize spend.
  • Incorporating ESG into strategy and balancing with cost initiatives. 

With constant shifts in consumer behavior, value chain dynamics, and regulation, Procurement becomes a critical role in ensuring businesses not only survive in the Food and Beverage landscape but also thrive.

Industry Insights

Food and Beverage is undergoing a period of transformation, marked by evolving trends that could have a significant impact on consumer demand in the coming years.

A fiercely competitive industry, with businesses facing rising costs and squeezed margins. Couple this with increasing customer expectations for quality, freshness, and provenance, and it is clear why many organizations are taking a closer look at their supply chains.

Supply chains will be pivotal in helping organizations stay profitable and get ahead. Accurate forecasting, planning, and risk mitigation will be key pillars. 

Healthy businesses will be those that can 1) create leaner, more agile operations that can cope with volatility, 2) generate savings or funds to invest in growth, and 3) quickly learn about the (new) supply markets that will enable and propel the business forward, especially through automation, digital, marketing, and logistics.

What we do

Each business will face its own unique challenges; contact our experts today, to find out how we can help you. Our service suite is wide-ranging, and we offer both defined products and bespoke services. Broadly, our services sit into four pillars:

Cost Transformation

Enabling ‘value’ for money, typically thought through sourcing and strategy work and supporting the delivery of complex programs.

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Cost Transformation

With an average of 70% of a company’s revenues being spent with external suppliers, Cost Optimization Services ensure best value is known, achieved, and maintained.

Capability Transformation

Leading, transforming or developing functions and teams, including their people, processes and technology.

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Capability Transformation

Building the right procurement model is not a one size fits all. Capability Transformation Services help organizations to build fresh or upgrade existing procurement models to boost impact.


Delivering social value, decarbonization and sustainable procurement programs.

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Sustainable Procurement

With supply chains key to achieving sustainability goals, Sustainable Procurement Services support CPOs and their teams to consistently plan and achieve greater environmental and social impact.

Specialist Support

Targeted capability and program support

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Specialist Support

When business have specific projects 
or complex programs to execute, Specialist Support Services bring expertise on demand to cover capacity and capability needs.

“Proxima set up and ran a true global indirect sourcing function for CSM. Over five years Proxima ran several cost reduction cycles, developed integrated stakeholder planning, tracked and reported category sourcing benefits and implemented a commodity price risk management strategy. Overall the partnership was extremely value adding delivering multiple times the return on investment.”

Brian Chambers | CPO
CSM Bakery Solutions

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