WL Duffield & Sons, manufacturers of animal feeds, has appointed Norbert Dentressangle Transport Services to support the distribution of palletised products through its flexible and cost-effective nationwide network.
Based in Saxlingham Thorpe, Norwich, with another site in Wingham, Kent, the family owned company has been supplying farmers in East Anglia and the South East with animal feeds in the ruminant, pig and poultry sectors for over 100 years.
Over the last year the company expanded its thriving business with the addition of bespoke concentrates and packaged products, taking its combined factory and traded goods production to over 250,000 tonnes of feed per year. To manage this growth, Duffields required a specialist pallet transport solution to ensure it meets customer demand.
To support the continued expansion, Norbert Dentressangle makes daily collections of palletised products from Duffields’ mill in Saxlingham and a storage depot in Bury St Edmunds before consolidating loads at its nearby site in Ipswich. Next day deliveries are made to various customer locations including game, dairy, poultry, pig and stud farms via its shared-user network.
David Selfe, Distribution Manager at Duffields, commented: "We have appointed Norbert Dentressangle to handle additional palletised product deliveries to run alongside our own operation to expand our nationwide distribution to customers. The company has an established and cost-effective pallet network, as well as the expertise to help us manage our projected growth."
Duffields also owns Pen Mill Feeds based in Yeovil and through the Norbert Dentressangle transport network supplies feeds across the South and South West regions to cater for the high number of livestock reared in the areas.
To improve operational efficiency, Duffields is utilising Norbert Dentressangle’s bespoke SHARP (Shipment Handling and Reporting Program) technology. The integrated online system enables the company to place orders electronically, which are scanned and tracked in real time, and access proof of delivery information.