Northern Foods selects Atos Origin as preferred IT Application Services Partner

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Northern Foods selects Atos Origin as preferred IT Application Services Partner

Five-year contract completes Northern Foods’ Tri-Vendor IT strategy
London, 15th July 2010
Atos Origin, an international IT services company, today announced that it has signed a five-year contract with Northern Foods plc.

Delivering the third strand of Northern Foods’ Tri-Vendor IT strategy, Atos Origin will provide application maintenance services across all of the 20 factories and office locations (including the HQ in Thorpe Park, Leeds) as well as consulting and systems changes and developments to support planned business requirements. Atos Origin will also take responsibility for the provision of SAP Basis and iSeries support, which is deployed across all of Northern Foods’ businesses.

Northern Foods specialises in the production of branded and retailer own-label food ranges in six key markets: pizza, pastry, biscuits, ready meals, sandwiches & salads, and puddings. It has revenues of around £1bn and employs over 9,000 people at across 20 operating sites across the UK and Ireland. With a heritage dating back to 1853, Northern Foods developed the first chilled ready meal and enjoys a long-standing reputation for innovation.

This contract will enable Northern Foods to reduce the cost of IT operations year-on-year while improving service levels and providing the company with greater access to skills and specialists in SAP and CPG/manufacturing. The IT function will become more proactive within the business and will help drive operational efficiencies and improvements.

David Williamson, Group IT Director for Northern Foods, said: “We are pleased to have appointed Atos Origin as our third strategic IT Service Partner. From the outset of discussions, Atos Origin demonstrated innovation in its approach and services as well as an unparalleled understanding of our business. Atos Origin’s deep manufacturing knowledge, coupled with a powerful business proposition, was key to their selection. We look forward to driving significant business value from this relationship over the next five years.”

Atos Origin’s key challenge was to demonstrate how Northern Foods’ Group IT Division could add tangible value to the broader Operational Business. Its chosen approach will be to standardise, simplify and automate much of the IT landscape that supports the daily Operational Business, simultaneously reducing complexity and cost.

Robert Fairman, VP CPG Industry Services for Atos Origin, added: “We are delighted to be working with Northern Foods. We have a particularly strong heritage in retail, CPG and manufacturing, and this new relationship further strengthens our leadership in delivering business support services. Our thought leadership and considerable sector expertise will deliver technology-driven innovation into the heart of the business, creating the flexibility and agility needed to underpin Northern Foods’ ambitions and plans.”

The services will be transitioned to a front office team based in various UK locations and to a specialist centre in India.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is a leading international information technology (IT) services company, providing hi-tech transactional services, consulting, systems integration and managed operations to deliver business outcomes globally. The company’s annual revenues are EUR 5.1 billion and it employs 49,000 people. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting. For further information, please visit www.atosorigin.co.uk

About Northern Foods
Northern Foods is a UK based food manufacturer, producing a portfolio of branded and own label products. The company generates annual revenues of around £1 billion and employs over 9,000 people at 20 locations around the UK and Ireland. Northern Foods has strong number 1 or number 2 market positions across its categories and is investing behind its brands, including Fox’s Biscuits, Goodfella’s pizza and Matthew Walker Christmas puddings. Its key customers include Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons. Northern Foods also supplies food to British Airways. For more information, www.northernfoods.com

For more information, please contact:
Caroline Crouch
Atos Origin
Tel: 020 7830 4233
Email: caroline.crouch@atosorigin.com

Andrew Hanson
Head of Corporate Communications
Northern Foods plc
Tel: +44 (0) 113 390 0167
Tel: +44 (0) 7809 595831
Email: Andrew.Hanson@NorthernFoods.com

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