Food Giant Feeds Ambition with IT Overhaul

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Food giant Greencore has begun its ambitious long term IT overhaul with a major core infrastructure project across its 25 sites throughout the US, UK and Ireland.

The five-year contract with managed services specialist ANS Group sees core infrastructure installed on LAN and wireless on all sites including factories and office space with a 24/7 fully managed service on all components.

The leading manufacturer of convenience food in the UK & US, Greencore is the number one sandwich maker in the UK making over 430million pre-packed sandwiches a year for major retail brands; as well as having leading market positions in other convenience food categories. In addition to the UK, Greencore has a fast-growing business in the US, where it supplies retail and convenience store outlets for several large customers. Total Group revenues for Greencore were £1.3bn (c.$1.9bn) in 2014.

The project is the first step in a five-year plan and will enable Greencore to scale its IT to support its future growth strategy.

Paul Sweeney, CEO at ANS Group said, “Greencore has grown by acquisitions over a number of years leaving it with multiple vendors, operating systems and desktops across its UK, Irish and American sites. This investment has given Greencore a robust network, streamlined IT and supports the company to achieve its ambitious vision. The managed service element has created an extension of Greencore’s IT department and means that the company can now increase focus on achieving the strategic vision of becoming the international convenience food leader.”

The innovative state of the art network infrastructure is underpinned by a fully managed service that matches the needs of the business and will scale to help deliver growth.

Chris Smith, Group Infrastructure Manager at Greencore said, “Our vision is to be a fast growing, international convenience food leader, it is vital we have the infrastructure and an IT system that enables us to deliver that vision. We need to be fast, agile and respond to market demands quicker than ever before.”