For the rapidly expanding Culina Group, 2016 was all about Great Bear. This year it is the turn of Culina Logistics, as the company’s long established Chilled logistics division announces its growth plans.
New long term contracts, secured between two and five years, totalling over £130 million and a commitment to a massive £38 million investment in new Chilled logistics infrastructure are a defining statement of intent by the Chilled Food and Drink logistics market leader.
“Now that our colleagues at Great Bear Distribution are fully responsible for the management and growth of their specialist arena – Ambient, we at Culina Logistics are applying a laser focus on development of our Chilled Food and Drinks logistics sector, our own long term core area of logistics expertise,” said Culina Logistics CEO – Steve Winwood.
“The acquisition of Great Bear Distribution has bedded in superbly well, and we have now completely transferred over all our ambient logistics responsibilities. This year we are establishing the footprint for the further evolution of Culina Logistics as the specialist chilled logistics arm of the Culina Group, and 2017 is already promising to be our most exciting year yet.”
The majority of the new contracts are with blue chip FMCG giants actively working in partnership with Culina Logistics; with Culina Logistics mostly acting as the clients’ total UK warehousing and distribution function.
“We have recently been awarded new long term contracts with chilled food and drink manufacturers including Pepsico, Mondelez, Emmi, Jack Links (Peperami), Friesland Campina, General Mills, Nestle, and two very significant own label juice manufacturers,” said Steve Winwood.
“These contracts within the Culina Logistics chilled multi-user operations, range in length from two years to five years and will be generating secured revenue in excess of £130million.”
Culina Logistics already has an extensive UK network of seven specialist chilled logistics distribution centres, however network expansion is necessary to ensure the required capacity to accept the volume of projected growth.
As a result the company are also investing over £38 million in new specialist infrastructure to provide the capacity needed for its planned programme of Chilled logistics expansion over the coming years.
The establishment of a Chilled multi-user logistics “Super Centre” is currently in the final stages of completion.
“Our new Culina Logistics “Super Centre”, planned to be operational by mid-2018, is going to be the largest multi user chilled logistics warehousing and distribution facility in the UK,” said Steve Winwood.
“It will be a real showcase site for Culina Logistics. It’s going to be a high specification state of the art facility located in the heart of the UK. We will be establishing a unique facility at a location optimised for both UK and European chilled food and drink production with a key emphasis on retaining the quality and market leading service levels Culina Logistics is renowned for in the market place.”
Culina Logistics provides complete coverage of the UK storing over 100,000 pallet spaces within the current chilled multi-user network, with a massive 1.5million cases of chilled food and drink products delivered daily. Culina Logistics provides 'day one for day one' picking capability, and offers clients total supply chain solutions (including in-house contract packing) or integrated transport-only services.
It’s clear that 2017 is going to be another landmark year of spectacular growth and success as the momentum of expansion of the Culina Group powerfully rolls on.