Tayto & IPP

Snack food giant extends contract with Europe’s top pallet manufacturer following 10 years of success.


Beginning work with the family-owned snack food giant back in 2006, IPP is involved in the TGL supply chain from the point of production – transporting half a million pallets of Golden Wonder and own-brand products to retailers each year.

Like the majority of manufacturers, waste arising from the production process has been a problem for TGL and reducing it has become a major focus. Using state of the art Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, the organisation has been able to pin-point the areas where waste is being generated and identify solutions to combat it.

These targeted improvements have reduced waste by over 25% thanks to increased accuracy of reporting through bin, line and container weights – resulting in a huge reduction in transport costs. The average container weight has increased by over 200% – meaning more products are on the move at any given time.

Commenting on the relationship with IPP, Nigel Smith, supply chain director at TGL, said: “We have been particularly impressed by Pooling Partner’s willingness to assist us in reducing the ‘WOW factor’. The organisation has added a great deal of value to our supply chain which operates on a ‘trade-direct’ model.

"The WoW factor and the wonder-full pallet." Nigel Smith

The only pallet company to manufacture its own products, IPP also retrieves, repairs and repatriates pallets as part of the so-called circular economy. ‘Trade direct’ takes pallets directly from retail units to TGL at a reduced cost to speed up the process and eradicate so-called ‘empty running’ – the wasteful transport miles used on the return leg.

Nigel continued: “As well as providing a superior quality of pallets than those provided by our previous supplier, IPP is an extremely honest organisation which is more than happy to take any feedback we have into account.”

This transparent approach to business has helped the partnership to increase inbound pallets by 20 per cent since 2012 – now moving a peak of over 525,000 annually.

Carl McInerney, UK Country Director for IPP, said: “We have close working relationships with all members of the Tayto team – from director level to factory operators – and this has been instrumental in the increase we have achieved together over the past 10 years.

“Having expanded our role from working on major volume in the UK back in 2006 to taking ownership of the total business in 2012, we are fully committed to delivering a reliable service which will see Tayto continue to expand its outputs.”

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