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Poppy Appeal 2019

Thank you to our subby Mick ‘Tudds’ Tuddenham for organising the Poppy box collection and helping us to raise money to support our armed forces, veterans and their families.

Poppy Appeal 2019

Poppy Appeal 2019

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Soil Association Accreditation

We are happy to announce that we have gained Organic Certification from the Soil Association.

Organic Certificate

Organic Certificate

 

Any food product sold as ‘organic’ in the EU has to comply with a set of Standards. Organic certification is a requirement to demonstrate a product or operation has met these legal standards. The Soil Association symbol is a recognised and trusted mark of organic certification internationally, and as a certification body we deliver certification to some of the highest organic standards.

Who is organic certification for?

If you’re processing or marketing an organic food or drink product, EU regulations require you to be licensed. The term ‘processing’ includes:

  • manufacturing
  • packing or re-packing
  • storing
  • importing (from non-EU countries)
  • wholesaling/trading
  • labelling organic products
  • selling loose produce or zero waste operations

Operations such as warehousing, storage and distribution will also need to be licensed if handling organic products.

What do organic standards cover?

Organic standards look at all aspects of organic food manufacturing and production, storage and sales. The Soil Association Certification organic standards cover the EU’s organic regulations (EC 834/2007 & EC 889/2008) and include some additional, higher standards in some key areas e.g. livestock production, GM, additives and packaging.

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Radio 4 Interview

Our MD Bee Kemball has just been speaking with BBC Radio 4’s Nick Robinson on the upcoming election and the impact it will have on business and people – catch the full interview tomorrow
November 23rd on ‘The Today Programme from 7am.

 

Bee with Nick Robinson

Bee with Nick Robinson

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Christmas and New Year 2019 Opening Times

The festive season is once again fast approaching!

We’ll still be operating for a large part of the Christmas period as per our opening hours…

Xmas 2019

Xmas 2019

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Happy 30th Anniversary Maggot!

Congratulations to Martin Page AKA Maggot for 30 years service at Debach – it wouldn’t be the same without him! 

Maggot 30 years!

Maggot 30 years!

Congratulations Maggot!

Congratulations Maggot!

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New Trucks

This morning we took delivery of three brand new Volvo FH trucks from Volvo East Anglia

Three New Trucks

Three New Trucks

These trucks are Volvo’s FH 500 with the new long haul fuel package, including I-See and Cruise E for maximum fuel efficiencies & reduced environmental impact which is something very important to us.

Ipswich Office

Ipswich Office

 

Volvo FH Trucks

Volvo FH Trucks

New Debach Trucks

New Debach Trucks

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Suffolk Show 2019

Bee Kemball spoke to EADT last week after this years Suffolk Show, her last as Show Director.

“What a fantastic two days it has been.

The people are what make this show so great every single year, and that means everyone, from the volunteers, to the staff, to the people who come through the gates beaming with smiles.

It is important people understand the importance of agriculture, how it helps our lives – you should always know where your food comes from, and by doing so it helps keep things to the highest possible standard.

Bee at this years Show

Bee at this years Show

Coming to the end of her three-year tenure, Bee will hand over the baton to deputy director Bruce Kerr – but as she said, that doesn’t mean it will stop her from returning.

Just because I’m standing aside doesn’t mean I won’t be returning to the show I love,” she said. “Next year I suspect I’ll be coming along in my flip flops and sunglasses with an ice cream in hand.

I’ve been involved with the show since I was 18 years old, more than 30 years ago. I still love it just as much.

My father and grandfather were both stewards – the beautiful thing about the show is that it is a generational thing – for both staff and visitors, the joy of the show is passed on.”

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Well done Gino!

 Congratulations to our employee Gino Comini for passing his MOD 4 CPC on his first attempt!

Well done Gino!

Gino with his pass certificate

Gino with his pass certificate

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Suffolk Show Countdown

“Driving lorries and working in logistics is a tough job” says Bee Kemball.

Bee Kemball

Bee Kemball

She should know, having spent her working life at the helm of family logistics business, Debach Enterprises.

 

"It's a very tough job. You have got to be tough to do it - it's very physical," she says. "Because I work in logistics, we live and die by our process."

“It’s a very tough job. You have got to be tough to do it – it’s very physical,” she says. “Because I work in logistics, we live and die by our process.”

She needed to be tough too, and, while taking the wheel at the £8m turnover firm, got her licence to drive the huge HGVs because she felt it important to experience exactly what her workers did.

It’s an ethos she has carried through to her very successful – and highly praised – term as director of the Suffolk Show. As the first woman to take on the three-year role back in 2017, it was a big burden to bear – particularly as she still had her considerable day job to contend with.

But Bee relishes a challenge, and has carried the responsibility lightly, while extracting maximum enjoyment from all aspects of running the county’s biggest bash.

Bee Kemball at the Debach Enterprises HQ

Bee Kemball at the Debach Enterprises HQ

“You have to understand what people do – it’s a bit like the Suffolk Show in that regard,” says the ex-Woodbridge Schoolgirl and Harper Adams university graduate, who is also a wife and mother of teenagers.

“If you are going to understand the process, in doing that, I think that makes you a better leader. It’s when they ask people to do something they have no understanding of themselves. I’m a mum as well, going to agricultural shows. If you can put yourself in other people’s shoes all the time, I think you make better decisions.”

The transport and warehousing business, launched in 1976, grew out of the family’s farming roots, which remain very strong, with Bee’s siblings, John, Sarah and Kate, all involved in different strands of the Kemballs’ multiple operations – including a business park at Bentwaters Airfield – which have sprung out of Wantisden Hall Farm. Unlike many families, the Kemballs have found a way to operate their businesses harmoniously, sharing responsibilities out among their members.

Bee, daughter of Debach’s founder, Bill, has been in post since 1992, overseeing the business’s investment in IT and green technology to make it one of the most forward-thinking in the sector. Today, the business employs 100 staff at Debach, as well as 20 at Bentwaters, and around 15 on the farm at Clopton.

But with the show, she is managing many volunteers as well as members of staff, and working for a charity.

“Those people are giving up their time for free, so you have to motivate those teams and very much get them coming along with you,” she says. “I always think you get to the best decision hearing everyone’s point of view first, even if you don’t agree with it, because then you are taking people with you. I think culturally that hadn’t happened in the past. Maybe it’s because I’m a lady director. I do think, being a women, you do take other people’s opinions on board. I think sometimes there’s a benefit in being a woman boss.”

Bill bought the site at Debach Airfield, extending to about 150,000sq ft, as an ‘insurance policy’ to help ensure the future of the 3,500 acre farming enterprise. With considerable foresight, he had already irrigated his land to ensure the health of his vegetable crops.

The logistics firm, which operates 700,000sq ft of warehousing space around Suffolk, deals with multiple clients from a range of sectors from engine components makers to food manufacturers. It needs to be agile to survive, as commercial storage rates today don’t justify the cost of building warehousing, says Bee. All this requires nimble working – and an ability to steer a big team.

“I would say we are a very typical farming family in that we are quite traditional in our choice of businesses,” she says. “It’s like having eggs in baskets – it’s spreading the balance.”

All the businesses are very balance sheet-focused. They own their own buildings and land, taking out a cost, and they want to employ local people and work with and help other local firms. “We like to do that rather than drive profit,” explains Bee.

She has worked for a big multinational – BirdsEye-Walls – but admits that, while she admires others from the corporate world, it’s not a life she hankers after.

Debach lorry

Debach lorry

“I had kind of done it. but I wouldn’t say I function as well in the corporate world. I enjoy working with people I have worked with for a long time,” she says. “I think the corporate world is very different from where I like to be. I like working in teams – it’s fun.

“Whether it’s doing the Suffolk Show committee or a board meeting at work and talking about planning for a Christmas season coming up, I think they are the best bits of any business. It’s the people you are working with that make it.”

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DEBACH OBTAINS BRC ACCREDITATION

Debach is proud to announce that we have obtained AA certification with the British Retail Consortium for their Global Standard for Storage and Distribution.

A Grade BRC

AA Grade BRC

BRC Global Standards’ guarantee the standardisation of quality, safety and operational criteria and ensure that manufacturers fulfil their legal obligations and provide protection for the end consumer. BRC Global Standards are now often a fundamental requirement of leading retailers, manufacturers and food service organisations.

The certification is reviewed regularly ensuring that standards are met at all times and complements our current service to the retail industry.

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