29 May 2008
Boughey Distribution has announced one of its biggest contract wins since the recent launch of its new state-of-the-art warehouse facility.
The Cheshire-based logistics specialist has won a two-year contract with leading international food group, Associated British Foods (ABF).
ABF is a diversified international food, ingredients and retail group with sales of £6.8 billion and 85,000 employees in 43 countries. The major international manufacturer produces branded and private label grocery products, many of which are market-leading household names. Following the acquisition of Patak's Foods last year ABF has brought their ethnic brands together under a single division known as AB World Foods which includes G Costa as well as Patak's.
The contract commenced yesterday (31st March) and involves the storage and distribution for AB World Foods' brands at the new £15 million Wardle (Cheshire) storage development – G Costa (Blue Dragon, Maille mustards, French's mustards and Tabasco sauces) and Patak's.
Boughey has previously provided logistics solutions for Patak's 300-strong product range and will now additionally store approximately 10,000 pallets of G Costa's 800 product lines. The new total combined annual pallet throughput will be in excess of 140,000 pallets.
Paul Wildman, Supply Chain Director at AB World Foods said: "The logistics package that Boughey Distribution is able to deliver for these two brands will undoubtedly offer increased efficiencies and support the streamlining of these key brands' UK logistics."
G Costa manufactures a proportion of its products in Poland and imports a substantial volume from SE Asia, Continental Europe and the Americas. Until moving to Boughey, it operated its own warehouse in Aylesford, Kent and used a number of third party hauliers on a regional basis throughout the UK. Boughey's 140-strong fleet will now deliver to the brand's complete UK distribution network and service all the major retailers, including Tesco, Asda and J Sainsbury.
Keith Forster, MD at Boughey Distribution, added: "Delivering daily to all the major retailers enables us to develop and invest in leading consolidation programmes which save our customers time and money. This new contract is testament to how well our dedicated staff and service have supported Patak's UK distribution over the past 3 years. Now with the additional G Costa brands we can strengthen the offering and efficiencies for ABF even further."
A significant proportion of G Costa's throughput (15%) is exported to a variety of countries in Europe and further afield; Boughey's tailor-made logistics service will also incorporate a large stickering operation within its co packing facility to facilitate the sale of products via multilingual labelling.
Forster concludes: "We provide the ultimate tailor-made logistics package for all our clients, whatever their size, and pride ourselves on our dedicated approach to customer service. Our unique expertise enables us to offer truly seamless solutions."