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Culina secures a Unique deal

Culina Logistics Ltd, the multi-temperature supply chain specialist, has secured a new contract with Unique Fine Foods to provide a shared-user storage and distribution service for a chilled product range.

Founded in 1999, Unique Fine Foods has established a market in importing a range of high-quality food products from around the world, including China, Germany, France and Italy, for UK supermarkets.

The solution provided by Culina's chilled operation involves distribution of Unique's deli counter products to Waitrose stores across the UK. Orders are received by EDI (electronic data interchange) directly from Waitrose and picked using hand held RDT (radio data transfer) scanners that ensure pick accuracy of 99.95%.

Working closely with the company as a supply chain partner, Culina also provides sales order processing activities and makes deliveries to regional distribution centres nationwide via its Milton Keynes facility.

Unique can track orders via an integrated IT system, with proof of delivery (POD) data available online. The secure website provides details of service levels, order progress and any queries.

Jeremy Blower, managing director at Unique Fine Foods, comments: “We have established a reputation for providing premium products and to maintain our position in the market we need a supply chain that is robust and run efficiently.

“Culina has a proven track record for reliability in food and drink logistics and has provided a solution that meets all our needs. It has all the systems and support in place to ensure accurate deliveries and deal effectively with any queries that arise.”

Currently the contract covers distribution of chilled produce to Waitrose stores, but is likely to expand to include ambient product lines.

For further details please contact Dale Fiddy, sales and marketing director, Culina Logistics, Tel: 01902 404525, Website: www.culinalogistics.co.uk.

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