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  • 13/04/16 - Partner Company Elision re-opens their Second Site More >>
  • 23/10/15 - Elision UK Doubles in Size More >>
  • 23/10/15 - Management Appointments at Ackio More >>
  • 21/09/15 - Second Site for Elision UK More >>
  • 18/09/15 - New Business Director for Elision More >>
  • 01/06/15 - New General Manager for Ackio More >>
  • 10/04/15 - Director for Ackio More >>
  • 19/02/15 - Andrew Horner New Commercial Sales Manager More >>
  • 18/02/15 - Further investment in leading edge technology More >>
  • 16/02/15 - Congratulations to the Ackio team maintaining our A* grade BRC standard. More >>
  • 12/02/15 - Ackio Expansion More >>
  • 22/12/14 - New Management Trainee More >>
  • 17/12/14 - Ackio forms Strategic Partnership with Elision More >>
  • 04/03/14 - Ackio Coninues to Invest More >>
  • 01/10/12 - Ackio Upgrades Packing Technology More >>
  • 02/02/12 - Alomora to provide Ackio with Support Services More >>
  • 01/01/12 - New Company: Ackio UK Formed More >>
  • 01/11/11 - Ackio makes 1M Investment More >>
  • 10/03/11 - Ackio UK Forms Service Partnership More >>

Partner Company Elision re-opens their Second Site

As planned, the site at Enterprise Way reopened on Monday 11th April and will be dedicated to salads.

It will be packing cherry tomatoes and baby plum tomatoes on behalf of Wellpak, which to date have been packed at Ackio, and, when the operation is established, peppers will also be transferred to Enterprise from the other site at Honeybourne.

It will be Elision’s second site and supports the progress made in growing Elision since it started last year and the success they have had in developing the salads category which was a new venture for Wellpak in 2015.  

Elision UK Doubles in Size

Elision UK – a specialist contract packer of fresh produce – has more than doubled its site capacity by expanding to a second site in Honeybourne, five miles east of its original base in Evesham, Worcestershire.

 

The move comes as part of a planned expansion for Elision, which packs berries, grapes and exotic fruits, vegetables and salads and employs 40 full time staff. This second site increases Elision’s floor space by nearly 120%, supporting a forecast of a near 70% increase in packing volumes.

 

Lauren Hakes, Business Director at Elision UK, said: “The Honeybourne site will give us the capacity to grow while we continue to develop Elision’s services.”

 

Elision’s original site on the Vale Business Park in Evesham will now be dedicated to salads, enabling the development of partner company Wellpak’s new salads division.

 

Elision works in partnership with Wellpak (a leading supplier of fresh produce from around the world) and Ackio (a specialist, highly automated fruit packer) and is supported by the management services of The Alomora Group. Together they form an established ecosystem – a group of independent but inter-related companies that can be combined and configured to provide a unified service for growers and retailers. 

For more information contact Gemma Bessant at gbessant@ackio.co.uk

Management Appointments at Ackio

General Manager for Ackio, Paul Tyrer, has been promoted to Business Director.  David Fieldhouse has been appointed General Manager in his place and Rachel Carson has been appointed  as Customer Services Manager.

David has extensive experience of managing multiple sites and production lines across a range of industries, latterly in the bakery sector for Rathbones Bakery, Premier Foods and Phoenix Brands. He has worked in product development and is a qualified baker.

Rachel has worked in the retail sector, newspaper production and marketing in the financial services industry.

Paul Tyrer commented, ‘we have strengthened the management team as Ackio continues to grow and extend its service offering. David and Rachel’s experience will make a significant contribution to both the running of the business and its continued investment and strategic development programmes.’    

For more information contact Gemma Bessant at gbessant@ackio.co.uk

Second Site for Elision UK

Contract packing specialist Elision UK, Service Partner to Wellpak/Ackio, which commenced operations in January 2015, is to open a second site at Honeybourne, close to its current operating base on Vale Business Park in Evesham.

The new site will support business expansion and its site in Evesham will be primarily devoted to salads in support of Wellpak UK that launched new salads business unit in April.

Elision’s Business Director, Lauren Hakes, commented, ‘Elision has enjoyed a great start and has made real progress in its first year of operation. The second site at Honeybourne will support our plans for growth and lay the foundation for what we have achieved so far.’

For more information contact Gemma Bessant at gbessant@ackio.co.uk

New Business Director for Elision

Lauren Hakes has been appointed as Business Director for Service Partner, Elision.

 

Lauren has been working within the group as Technical Director as part of Alomora, which provides management services to Ackio, Wellpak and Elision.  She will retain her Technical responsibilities in her new role.

 

Lauren has spent over 16 years in the fresh produce industry and has worked in an extensive range of product groups, heading up both the technical and operational teams.

 

She will bring this wealth of experience to Elision which began operation in January this year and is soon to open a second site in Honeybourne near its current base. 

For more information contact Gemma Bessant at gbessant@ackio.co.uk

Paul Tyrer

New General Manager for Ackio

Paul Tyrer has joined Ackio as its new General Manager.

Paul is a highly experienced Operations and production Manager. He joins Ackio from Nordic, a multi-national manufacturer of barcode systems with its UK base in Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire, where he was Operations Director.

Paul was previously Managing Director at Worldwide Solutions in Buckinghamshire and General Factory Manager at chilled and frozen food supplier Ross Youngs's site at Redditch in Worcestershire where he managed 220 people and managed key customer relationships.

A well as managing all aspects of Ackio's operations and services, Paul will take the lead role in liaising directly with Ackio's growing customer base and attracting new business.

Paul is a trained and qualified engineer. He lives in Warwickshire. 

For more information contact Gemma Bessant at gbessant@ackio.co.uk

 

  

 

Steve Tinsley

Director for Ackio

Steve Tinsley has been promoted to Director and General Manager, Ackio UK.

Steve ran BoxOn UK, the highly successful dedicated contract packing business - and a Partner Company to Ackio, Wellpak and Elision - until last year when he transferred to Ackio as General Manager. He has many years at a senior level in operations in the fresh produce industry and his promotion to Director reflects his continuing contribution to the business.

Steve is also be responsible for managing Partner Company Elision UK.  

 

 

Andrew Horner New Commercial Sales Manager

Andrew has worked in the Fresh Produce industry for 30+ years and has a wealth of experience of the industry, across a wide spectrum of customer types. Andrew will initially be responsible for marketing Ackio with the major multiples and growers within the UK and Europe.

Further investment in leading edge technology

Ackio UK has upgraded its leading edge technology with a 360 degree vision based system to identify both internal and external defects through its cherry packing operation. This further investment ensures Ackio UK Ltd continues its lead in the latest cutting edge fruit packing technology.

For more information contact Gemma Bessant at gbessant@ackio.co.uk

Congratulations to the Ackio team maintaining our A* grade BRC standard.

The auditor was extremely impressed with how immaculate the site was and how this was reflected in records keeping, paperwork and the management of the site.

For more information contact Gemma Bessant at gbessant@ackio.co.uk

Ackio Expansion

Ackio has relocated to new facilities to support expansion of the business.  

The new facility is near its base in Evesham where it has operated since it was founded in 2011. The move coincides with further investment in packing technology and, together with a larger facility, will increase its packing capacity from 22M units to 100M per annum. It is a further landmark in the growth and development of the business and lays a foundation for long term expansion.

For more information contact Gemma Bessant at gbessant@ackio.co.uk

Dani IvanovaFrancis Bayliss

New Management Trainee

Dani Ivanova, 18, who joined Partner Company Wellpak in October 2014, has been selected to join the Alomora Management Training Scheme ('AMTS') commencing in February 2015. She joins Francis Bayliss, 23, who joined the scheme in August 2014.

Alomora Group provides management services to Partner Companies Wellpak, Ackio and Elision.

Trainees work in all parts of the businesses over a 2 year period covering all management disciplines including sales, operations, technical, finance, HR and IT. During their time with each function, within each company, they follow a highly structured programme and are mentored by the Director responsible.

At the end of the two year period, they take up a permanent position within one of the Partner Companies to begin their chosen career.

Lesley Moore, HR Director Alomora Group which administers the scheme, said, 'AMTS plays a vital part in supporting our most promising young recruits and is a long term investment in the future of the businesses.' 

For more information contact Gemma Bessant at gbessant@ackio.co.uk

 

Ackio forms Strategic Partnership with Elision

Ackio has formed a strategic partnership with Elision, a specialist contract packer of fresh produce. 

Ackio has formed a strategic partnership with Elision, a contract packer of fresh produce based near its facility in Evesham. Elision, a newly formed company, provides contract packing services of fresh produce such as berries, exotic vegetables and legumes, grapes and stone fruit. The partnership will provide a potentially wider range of services although both companies will continue to offer services to customers independently. Ackio also has strategic partnerships with Wellpak, a specialist produce procurement business, and Alomora Group that provides businesses with management services. 

For more information contact Gemma Bessant at gbessant@ackio.co.uk

Ackio Coninues to Invest

Ackio UK has upgraded its leading edge technology with a 360 degree vision based system to identify based system to identify both internal and external defects through its cherry packing operation. Theis further investment ensures Ackio leads the field in fruit packing technology.

Ackio Upgrades Packing Technology

Ackio UK has upgraded its technology leading packing facility in Evesham to pack cherries from loose. The upgrade is part of a planned programme of investment and comes on the back of new business.

For more information contact Gemma Bessant at gbessant@ackio.co.uk

Alomora to provide Ackio with Support Services

Alomora Group, the management services business, is to provide Ackio UK with management support services.

Alomora Group provides businesses with management services such as IT, HR, financial management, technical services and health and safety advice and audits. The deal is part of a long term strategic relationship where Ackio will benefit from Alomora's expertise without the dedicated costs of using its own management functions for selected disciplines. It will allow Ackio to focus fully on its service to customers and its continual programme of investment in packing technology. 

For more information contact Gemma Bessant at gbessant@ackio.co.uk

New Company: Ackio UK Formed

A new company, Ackio UK, has been formed in the Vale of Evesham, one of the UK's principal growing regions, to offer retailers and growers the latest packing technology for blueberries, cherries, cranberries and cherry tomatoes. The company is currently fitting out its purpose designed facilities and will be fully operational by January 1st.    

Ackio makes 1M Investment

Ackio UK, based at purpose designed faciities in the Vale of Evesham, has made a £1M initial investment in the latest packing technology to pack blueberries from loose from bulk shipments leading to significant cost savings and efficiency gains in the supply chain from grower to the consumer.  

The investment comes on the back of winning major new contracts and gives the newly established company a flying start. Further investment is planned to expand capacity and technological and service capabilities over the next 12 months.

For more information contact Gemma Bessant at gbessant@ackio.co.uk

Ackio UK Forms Service Partnership

Ackio UK has formed a strategic service partnership with Wellpak UK, the fresh produce procurement specialist.

Under the terms of the strategic partnership, Ackio will provide Wellpak with contract packing of blueberries, cherries, cranberries and cherry tomatoes. It will give Wellpak access to unique packing technology and capabilities as well as adding a procurement service to Ackio. Both companies have agreed to participate in a development programme to further advance their individual and jointly provided services to customers. 

For more information contact Gemma Bessant at gbessant@ackio.co.uk

 

Ackio UK Ltd.
Millennium Way, Vale Business Park
Evesham, Worcester, WR11 1GR