Supreme Group awarded the Investing in Integrity Chartermark

Investing in Integrity (IiI) is pleased to announce that Supreme Group, a global leader in the provision of end to end supply chain solutions, has achieved the Investing in Integrity chartermark as a result of successful completion of the rigorous IiI accreditation process.

Investing in Integrity (IiI) is a chartermark, founded in 2012, designed to enable an organisation to reassure its key stakeholders that its business can demonstrate a commitment to act with integrity at all times. The real strength of the IiI framework is that it tests an organisation’s ethical conduct against its statements of values to ensure those values are properly embedded.It can help them identify whether or not the company is truly living up to its values, from the boardroom to the shop floor. Supreme underwent an independent assessment, to see if they were living up to the Company’s values of Customers, People, Success, Integrity and Sustainability. The process, carried out by Investing in Integrity assessment partner, GoodCorporation, involved site visits, staff interviews, employee surveys and a review of documentation.

Supreme Group awarded the Investing in Integrity Chartermark

Supreme Group awarded the Investing in Integrity Chartermark

“Supreme Group’s strategy around Ethics & Compliance is at the very heart of all that we do, every day. We are proud that our culture of ethics and integrity is of the highest international standard and continues to grow and develop. We take hard decisions and we always try to apply the latest techniques for embedding an ethical culture in our organisation. As with any successful business practice, innovation is key,” said Emma Sharma, Supreme Group’s Ethics and Compliance Officer.

Philippa Foster Back CBE, Director, Institute of Business Ethics said: “By achieving IiI, Supreme has demonstrated that they are serious about behaving ethically as a business wherever they operate. The high levels of engagement of their workforce on ethical issues is to be applauded. As the first logistics company to gain the IiI Chartermark, supporting their clients in difficult countries and situations, such as Afghanistan, means that creating a consistent corporate approach can be more challenging.”

Simon Culhane Chartered FCSI, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment said: “Being able publicly to demonstrate a commitment to acting with integrity has never been more valuable and we congratulate Supreme on the award of the IiI Chartermark.” To find out more about Investing in Integrity Chartermark visit

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The CEO of EMS Seven Seas outlines his strategy

What was your first thought when you got contacted by EMS Seven Seas– and when was that?

I was approached in August, which was only a short time after I set up Wave Shipping. I was immediately interested as it was such an interesting opportunity, but the problem was that I wasn’t looking for a job; I was looking for an investor.  I was persuaded to attend an introductory meeting and there I realized the obvious synergies between the port agency services offered by Wave and the ship supply solutions of EMS Seven Seas. I also witnessed the 100% commitment to ensure EMS Seven Seas makes a really serious mark in the ship supply industry by leveraging the financial backing and organizational resources of Supreme Group. After a series of meetings, Supreme Group made an offer to acquire Wave Shipping and invited me to join the team as the new CEO of EMS Seven Seas.

Why is this an interesting opportunity for you?

This is a rare opportunity to make an impact in an industry that is so ripe for significant change. By investing in the areas of leadership, people and resources, great improvements can be made that will be noticed by our clients. I look forward to applying everything I have learnt over the years in the areas of leadership, management and market change to achieve our goals.

What do you expect to gain from it?

The satisfaction of helping a team of people to excel and build something unique and beneficial to stakeholders; and motivating my team to be equally happy about being part of that journey.

I know it will take hard work and perseverance, but I would like to create a better company by improving the services that we offer to benefit our clients. Our future market position will depend on how well we do it, but our ambition is to be the best.

How much do you know about the company?

EMS Seven Seas is one of the world’s top ship supply companies so obviously I was very familiar with the brand, and I had followed the EMS story for many years.  It really is a great company with huge potential, and it didn’t take me long to decide that I wanted to join this team.

What are your ambitions for EMS Seven Seas – and how will you get there?

Our ambition is to be the preferred supplier in the industry. We plan to do this by developing and delivering a new market standard when it comes to customer service, compliance and convenience for clients.

We are planning to introduce customer service values that transcend everything we do, combined with a broader suite of products and services in all locations. In terms of compliance, this is on top of our agenda across the group, which include mandatory training programs and very strict policies. With reference to convenience, we plan to expand our geographical footprint, particularly in Asia, Africa and the Americas and we are totally committed to helping our clients resolve their business pains and needs by making their life easier.

The new CEO of EMS Seven Seas presents his agenda

The new CEO of EMS Seven Seas presents his agenda

Where do you see the biggest challenges going forward?

This is a major change project, so we are investing a lot of resources into managing the internal culture shift that needs to happen.  I am encouraging the team to buy into the new and improved way of doing things.  We are currently working with the leadership to improve operations at all levels of the organization, and that will remain a core focus area to the benefit of our clients.

I have already travelled extensively around the global office locations and have met the team of people who are all keen to work on this project.  They are looking for direction and plans, and I am committed to providing that while supporting everyone to achieve their goals.  I also met clients who want to do more business with us and have encouraged us to expand our service offering.

There are also practical challenges; extensive time and resources are required to grow the business, and set up new ventures.  I also want to make sure that I spend enough time with our clients to understand how we can provide more support to them.

But these can be overcome by a combination of leadership, courage and commitment.

How will you handle it if any employees fear that the values of the company are changing for the worse?

It is normal for the employees of any company that gets acquired to have uncertainty and doubts that need to be addressed. I have been given autonomy to set the values that we, as EMS Seven Seas, want to deliver to employees and clients. These are appropriate for the industry and I have received strong buy in from everyone when talking about the future of the company.  One of the values is encouraging open dialogue and feedback, so when there are concerns, these should be tabled and discussed openly without fear of negative consequences. I have therefore encouraged open discussions with the team from the beginning, and we use communication platforms like video messages and face to face meetings to ensure open, honest and fair discussions.  This is a healthy form of discussion and it’s helping to reassure the employees about their role and importance in the company.

How will you make sure that everyone feels alright in the integration process?

By ensuring open and regular two way communication with the team; continuing to travel to meet the team; promote open door policies; and continuous reassurance of our goals, ambitions and intentions.


EMS Seven Seas is a global maritime services group serving merchant marine, offshore and defense customers. The company supplies general ship supplies, provisions, stores, spare parts and leading technical maritime brands through its extensive network of some 600 ports.
Founded in 1971, EMS Seven Seas primarily operates in Norway, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Germany, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Djibouti, and Singapore. Its clients include leading ship managers and owners, professional catering businesses, military operations and offshore platforms.

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Investing In Africa: Supreme In The Spotlight

The opportunities for private sector-led growth in Africa, the benefits of private equity buyouts as attractive entry strategies, and the focus of strategic investors in Africa were key themes discussed by Honore Dainhi, the President of Supreme Group’s Commercial Division. These were mentioned during a keynote speech at the Private Equity in Africa event that was held recently in London, United Kingdom. The overriding theme of the conference was a debate around the role of private equity in the African growth story, and to what extent it will generate enhanced returns over the medium to long term as the markets mature and new market dynamics emerge.

Honore Dainhi takes part in discussions at Private Equity in Africa event

Honore Dainhi takes part in discussions at Private Equity in Africa event

“Africa is full of opportunity, especially in regards to the fast growing middle-class and the huge increase in consumer spending. We see this is an attractive landscape for private sector investments, especially in the consumer facing industries. Until recently, the bulk of the growth was associated with resources (oil, gas and minerals) and infrastructure. This is changing now with consumer facing sectors presenting the largest growth opportunity for the coming 10 years or so,” Dainhi said

Supreme Group (Supreme) is a global leader in the provision of end to end supply chain solutions to governments and defense forces in challenging environments around the world. Supreme established a Commercial Division in 2013 with the objective of leveraging its proven expertise in the defense and government sector to broaden its portfolio in the commercial sector in emerging markets, with a particular focus on Africa. This will be achieved primarily by acquisitions, with target industries aligned to Supreme’s core competencies, specifically food manufacturing and marketing, nonalcoholic beverages, fuel marketing, and store-based retail.

“Supreme Group has been operating in Africa for more than 20 years, and we have developed bespoke capabilities and a solid understanding of the local markets and business environment. Our successful entrepreneurial experience and strategic mindset means that we have the same DNA as the owners of the target companies we are pursuing. We are planning to make long term investments that are focused on growth and partnerships,” Dainhi concluded.

Established in 1957, Supreme Group is a private, family-owned business that has built a unique reputation for providing outstanding service in challenging environments around the world. The company currently operates in 20 countries across five continents and provides procurement, transportation, storage and full site services to some of the world’s largest defence, government and commercial organizations. More information about Supreme Group is available at:

Supreme Group acquires Wave Shipping

EMS Seven Seas, announced that it has appointed Lars Rosenkrands as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with immediate effect. Lars has 30 years’ experience in the shipping industry, having worked for a variety of ship supply and ship services companies across Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia, including Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), Maersk, J. Lauritzen, Wilhelmsen Ship Services, ShipServ Ltd, and Sinwa Ltd.

EMS Seven Seas announces appointment of new CEO

New CEO Lars Rosenkrands

Representing more good news for the company, EMS Seven Seas also confirmed that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 per cent of the shares of Wave Shipping, a maritime and port agency services company based in Singapore. Wave Shipping provides a full suite of maritime services to the global shipping and offshore industry, offering port agency services, outsourcing solutions and logistics services. It is helmed by a strong team of industry veterans from leading maritime services companies around the world and has offices in Singapore and Australia.

Under the new ownership, Wave will continue as a standalone division within EMS Seven Seas. It will carry on the path to expand its operations across the globe, while pursuing its goal of revolutionizing the port agency industry by providing a significantly improved customer experience.

Lars Rosenkrands said: “We are thrilled to become part of EMS Seven Seas, which will give us the ideal platform and support to shake up the shipping agency industry and to deliver on our mission to provide a higher level of convenience, transparency and consistency in serving clients and partners within the maritime industry.

There are exciting synergies to explore between ship supply and port agency; as such, the combined EMS Seven Seas and Wave assets promise to bring unrivalled benefits to our customers.”

Following the acquisition of Wave Shipping, EMS Seven Seas now has a combined office network across four continents and a network of more than 600 ports; offering truly global solutions to its clients.

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Supreme Group completes acquisition of EMS Seven Seas

Supreme Group (Supreme), a global leader in the provision of end to end supply chain solutions in challenging environments around the world, has today (June 20, 2014,) announced completion of the purchase of EMS Seven Seas ASA (“EMS”).

Following announcements to the Oslo Stock Exchange today, Supreme now owns 90.04% of the total outstanding shares in EMS.  Supreme will make a mandatory offer to the remaining shareholders in the company in due course.

“We are excited to announce completion of the acquisition of EMS Seven Seas, which is a great company with strong brand loyalty,” said Theo Reichert, CEO, Supreme Group.

“By integrating ship supply services to our existing portfolio of supply chain solutions, we are well positioned to serve the evolving needs of both military and commercial clients. We are prepared to make investments to ensure EMS Seven Seas becomes the global leader in commercial ship supply within three years, and we look forward to working closely with their teams around the world to make this happen, merging our organizations to leverage operational synergies to their fullest potential,” Reichert added.

Supreme Group acquires EMS Seven Seas

EMS Seven Seas working
in the military sector

Toril Eidesvik, CEO of EMS Seven Seas ASA said “This is a strong strategic match that is designed to create value for clients by leveraging synergies in supply chain capabilities and geographic reach”.

Supreme Group has been proud to serve defense and government clients around the world since the company was founded in 1957, by a US soldier who established a food supply company to serve the US military stationed in Germany, following his retirement from active duty. Over 50 years later the company remains a private, family owned entity which has built a unique reputation for outstanding service in challenging environments. Following provision of extensive support to NATO and ISAF in the Balkans, Africa and Afghanistan, the company has recently restructured to ensure a solid platform for future growth and diversification. Alongside its Defense and Government Division (“DGS”), a Commercial Division which will focus on new business opportunities in Africa was formed earlier this year, with a significant acquisition program underway to fast track growth across the region.

Reichert commented: “It is our intention to align capability held within EMS with the new structures recently implemented across Supreme. Hence Defense and Government services in EMS will be fully integrated with the DGS Division in Supreme whilst the Commercial Shipping Services currently held within EMS will be established as a stand-alone Division within Supreme, operating alongside our DGS and African Commercial Divisions.  By structuring our business around the clients that we serve, Supreme Group can ensure that we continue to develop new services and capabilities which anticipate and deliver to market demands.”

He concluded “Clearly these changes will take time to implement, and we will work closely with colleagues across both companies to ensure we leverage the vast experience and expertise of all in order to achieve maximum benefit to the business of this merging of two market leaders in the global supply chain industry”.

Clean Energy Contract Awarded to Supreme Group

January 29, 2014: Supreme Group, a worldwide leader in the provision of end to end supply chain solutions in challenging situations around the world, was awarded a twelve month contract to provide catering, cleaning, laundry and security services for Mongolia’s first wind farm project. The contract was awarded by Clean Energy, a joint venture between Newcom Group, General Electric (GE), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Netherlands Development Bank (FMO).   windmill

Located roughly 44 miles south of Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar, the Salkhit Wind Farm is a landmark project established by the private sector with backing from the Mongolian Government and international development organizations. The project aspires to better living conditions in Mongolia through the assembly of electricity by an indigenous, clean and renewable energy source. The 50 megawatt structure uses 31 GE turbines and will yearly offset close to 180,000 tons of CO² emissions; decrease coal usage by 122,000 tons; and save 1.6 million tons of fresh water.  The power made by the project will service customers connected to the central grid in Mongolia; a country in which energy demand has been increasing by eight per cent annually over the past years.

Stephen Orenstein, Principal, Supreme Group said, “The wind farm is a flagship development for Mongolia’s renewable energy sector; and we are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Clean Energy on this project, especially as sustainability is one of our core values.”

“We are committed to local economic development and in particular to national sourcing and creating local employment opportunities, so we have hired a team of local employees and Mongolian suppliers to work with us as part of our Mongolia First Program.  Since commencing operations in Mongolia in 2012, we have focused on providing world-class support services to help further develop the Mongolian mining and energy industry,” Orenstein added.

Supreme delivers end to end supply chain, construction and site service solutions in Mongolia including the South Gobi region, with specialized skills in construction, food supply and site services. Supreme makes food supply and camp services available to workers in a road construction camp in the South Gobi Desert. This is a contract awarded by one of Mongolia’s major industrial holding companies.

About Supreme Group:

Founded in 1957, Supreme Group is a global leader in the provision of end-to-end supply chain solutions to defense, government, and commercial sector clients around the world. For more than fifty years, the company has provided critical, life-sustaining services that empower clients to accomplish missions in challenging and austere environments.

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Supreme Group Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

November 2013 – Supreme Group has recently appointed Theo Reichert to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Since joining Supreme in 2012 as Chief Operations Officer, Theo has achieved significant results in the development of operational efficiency across Supreme Group, introducing a wide program of improvements that have enabled the company to offer enhanced levels of service to its global client base.

Theo Reichert

Theo Reichert

In his new role as CEO, Theo will continue to drive forward the high standards of performance, reliability and excellence for which Supreme is renowned, but will also focus on further developing Supreme’s range of capabilities in line with the ongoing evolution of industry requirements.
Theo will be supported by Supreme’s dynamic leadership team, which brings together almost 100 years of invaluable industry experience and knowledge. Lieutenant General (Ret.) Robert Dail will continue to lead Supreme’s Commercial Development around the world, based out of the US offices in Reston Virginia, working alongside Chief Financial Officer Mike Thorne and Group Director for Corporate and Legal Affairs, Soren Norgaard.
Under the direction of this Senior Management Team, Supreme’s position as an industry leader committed to operational excellence, service provision and innovation will continue long into the future.

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Supreme Group Releases Corporate Social Responsibility Report

November 18, 2013: Supreme Group recently released its first major Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, which details the company’s ethical, social and environmental performance globally in 2012.stephen orenstein, michael gans, robert dail

The report, which has been published on Supreme’s corporate website, was compiled using the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) standards and covers topics related to ethical workplaces; investing in employees; safe and healthy business practices; respecting the environment; and supporting local communities. In recent years, Supreme’s CSR strategy has been strengthened by the implementation of a number of sustainable initiatives across its global operations; reaffirming the company’s commitment to the highest industry benchmarks.

“We have been actively integrating sustainable business practices across our organization and have achieved some impressive milestones along the way,” said Stephen Orenstein, Principal, Supreme Group. “This report is an important step for us to achieve our goal of embedding a socially responsible culture in our operations, and also enables us to share the positive contributions we make around the world with our stakeholders.”

“The road to sustainability is not without challenges. We operate in many countries ranked as among the most corrupt and difficult places to do business. We serve clients that are based in hostile environments, where there is often a lack of legal infrastructure and systems. To address this, we have established global standards to help ensure that our values are upheld wherever we operate, and that we conduct business fairly and honestly in all areas around the world,” Orenstein added.

Supreme has established and maintains a formal Ethics and Compliance program that ensures adherence to the highest workplace standards, in addition to providing a worldwide hotline that gives employees and stakeholders an anonymous channel to ask questions, express concerns, and raise issues about workplace activities. Supreme’s Code of Business Ethics and Conduct was also implemented to ensure that all business is conducted legally and to the highest ethical standards. The Code has been translated into 13 languages and applies to all employees, at all levels of the organization, including management.

One of Supreme’s strategic objectives in 2012 was to promote and further entrench ethical business practices across the company. Some of the initiatives taken included creating new guidance to provide additional clarity to staff on key issues; developing and implementing a group‑wide training and awareness program; and the strengthening of audit capabilities and whistle-blowing processes.

As a socially responsible company, Supreme launched the Supreme Foundation in 2009 to support underprivileged children in local communities where it operates. The Foundation focuses on improving the health, education, safety and living conditions of disadvantaged children in Afghanistan, Ivory Coast and Bosnia. Through its work, Supreme Foundation has helped hundreds of children and families survive amidst the ravages of brutal winters, wars, and severe deprivation.

Furthermore, Supreme’s commitment to, and adoption of, internationally recognized standards for quality, health and safety within its operations has earned it the ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications for quality management and occupational health and safety management systems. In 2012, Supreme also implemented an Environmental Management System and earned ISO 14001 Environmental Management accreditation, as well as completing its first Carbon Footprint audit.

“In addition to recycling programs, we have implemented a number of initiatives to reduce our impact on the environment. For instance, in our Afghan-based catering facilities we have introduced automatic hand dryers to replace the use of paper hand towels. With most of our facilities now fitted with these dryers, we have completely eliminated the transportation and use of paper towels from the supply chain. By switching from paper hand towels to the hand dryers, we were able to save an estimated 80 tons of CO2 from being released to the atmosphere from our Kandahar facilities alone,” said Victoria Frost, Supreme’s Director of Corporate Development, Marketing & Communications.

“Corporate responsibility initiatives therefore are an integral part of our business. Looking ahead, we aim to bring further coherence to our programs and improve our measurement and data collection techniques, which will allow us to expand our reporting in crucial areas and develop new initiatives that align with our CSR efforts,” Frost concluded.

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Founded in 1957, Supreme Group is a global leader in the provision of end-to-end supply chain solutions to defense, government, and commercial sector clients around the world. For more than fifty years, the company has provided critical, life-sustaining services that empower clients to accomplish missions in challenging and austere environments.

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Supreme Foundation Provides 2,000 Disadvantaged Kabul Students with Computer Lab

November 14, 2013 – Supreme Foundation, a registered charitable trust created by the global supply chain solutions provider Supreme Group, has recently opened a computer lab to support the education and provide computer access to over 2,000 disadvantaged students attending Khushal Khan #1 High School in Kabul.

Supreme Foundation opens IT lab in Kabul

Supreme Foundation opens IT lab in Kabul

The project involved the procurement and installation of computer workstations, projectors and printers, in addition to the refurbishment of the classroom’s electrics, cables, doors and security system. Supreme Foundation has also sponsored the appointment of a full-time IT teacher to teach computer studies to all students. It is the first time that computers will be available at the school for these students and will provide an unprecedented level of education and technology access.

Mohammad Nabi Sahab, Director of Education for the Afghan Ministry of Borders and Tribal Affairs, said: “Until now, our students have been learning computer studies theoretically, without any practical experience. It is difficult for our students to become professionals and start their careers without any computer skills. This donation will make a very big and important impact on the lives of our students and we are extremely grateful.”

A service contract is included in the sponsorship program, which means that all equipment will be serviced by computer engineers every week. Quarterly reviews will also be held at the school to test the children on their IT skills progress. The students will be taught about basic computer hardware, Windows operating systems, MS Office, typing skills, various software programs, how to use email and the internet, and how to pursue further studies in Information Technology.

“We worked closely with the Ministry of Borders and Tribal Affairs to first understand what was required in schools,” said Victoria Frost, Supreme Group’s Director of Communications and Treasurer of Supreme Foundation. “We discovered that not only is the IT education is very poor, but qualified teachers are also rare and there is almost no access to computers. We are therefore assured that by investing in this school’s computer lab, we are guaranteeing the education of thousands of students. We are proud to be delivering a brighter future for these children,” she added.

Kushal Khan #1 School was established in 1949 for children living in the border areas of Afghanistan, and many of the school’s graduates have become important social figures such as ministers, politicians, writers, defense force leaders, among others. Today around 2,000 students, aged between 12 to 21 years, attend the school from all provinces; as the school aims to encourage future stability by uniting students in education, regardless of their ethnicity and tribal backgrounds.


“We established the Supreme Foundation in 2009 with the aim of investing in community projects that make a real difference in people’s lives.  We are delighted to have achieved excellent results that have fostered hope and given people better chances in life,” said Stephen Orenstein, Principal, Supreme Group.

Supreme Foundation aims to alleviate hardship and improve the health, education and living conditions of disadvantaged children in conflict areas and remote regions around the world where Supreme Group operates. The non-profit organization helps children to develop the skills, knowledge and experience to lead successful, sustainable lives and contribute to their families, communities and countries. The Foundation has made substantial investments in schools, healthcare facilities, and housing developments in Bosnia, the Ivory Coast and Afghanistan.

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About Supreme Group:

Founded in 1957, Supreme Group is a global leader in the provision of end-to-end supply chain solutions to defense, government, and commercial sector clients around the world. For more than fifty years, the company has provided critical, life-sustaining services that empower clients to accomplish missions in challenging and austere environments.

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Supreme Group is Awarded UK Ministry of Defence Contract

November 06, 2013 – Supreme Group has recently been awarded a contract with the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MoD), providing aviation fuel and refuelling services to 96 civilian airports worldwide, predominantly for the Royal Air Force. The two year contract, with a provision for an optional two year extension, was confirmed at the end of September and is expected to commence soon.

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Royal Air Force Members

For more than a decade, Supreme Group has successfully and reliably supported the U.K. Armed Forces in operations and exercises in Germany, Poland, Norway, Belize, Oman, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Iraq.  Supreme has also played a large role in the administration of the worldwide food supply contract for the MoD in international operations since 1997.  When the new contract begins, it will mark the first time that Supreme will be providing support to the U.K. MoD outside of operational deployments.

“This is an exciting project that reflects the MoD’s continued confidence in our proven ability to deliver rapid and reliable results,” said Stephen Orenstein, Principal, Supreme Group. “The MoD appointed several companies to provide worldwide aviation fuel services and we are very happy to have been awarded a significant portion of the total business.”

“We are proud to be Britain’s trusted partner of choice in providing proven supply chain solutions to the U.K. Military, EU and Commonwealth government departments both within the home countries and across deployments worldwide,” Orenstein added.

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About Supreme Group:

Founded in 1957, Supreme Group is a global leader in the provision of end-to-end supply chain solutions to defense, government, and commercial sector clients around the world. For more than fifty years, the company has provided critical, life-sustaining services that empower clients to accomplish missions in challenging and austere environments.

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