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Kuehne+Nagel food contract for Spirits Pub Company 


Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, UK: The Spirit Pub Company has awarded Kuehne+Nagel a long-term contract to handle the food service supply chain for 800 UK managed pubs reports Cold Chain News in its latest issue out today.

Under the agreement, Kuehne+Nagel is running a new IT system that which will provide better stock visibility to suppliers allowing for more accurate planning and forecasting. Kuehne + Nagel will manage two regional distribution centres at Trafford Park, Manchester and Greenford, Greater London, on behalf of Spirit.

The two sites combined have 18,000sq metres of warehousing and will handle 1200 fresh, frozen and ambient product lines, with stocked lines being picked and merged with just-in-time lines for delivery to the pubs. The operation will run six days per week, typically making three deliveries each week to each pub using 60 vehicles.

Spirit’s head of logistics, Vance Fairman-Smith, said: “At the heart of the decision to appoint Kuehne + Nagel was the need to support our pubs with a robust supply chain operation that would ultimately make it easier for pub employees to deliver great service to guests.” The Food Service sector is a strategic growth area for Kuehne+Nagel.

The logistics provider has invested in developing solutions which offer significant advantages over the more traditional wholesale routes to market. These advantages include increased control and visibility of costs, improved service levels, and the inclusion of recycling and 2 of 2 reverse logistics.

In the United Kingdom, Kuehne+Nagel runs three multi-temperature distribution centres. John Hartley, Kuehne+Nagel’s senior vice-president, sales and marketing for North-West Europe said, “With an increasing trend towards eating out, the third-party logistics model has become attractive to multiple restaurant operators.

“Not only does it support their growth, it also offers greater reliability and product availability, and therefore an improved guest experience. Kuehne+Nagel is now positioned as the market leading third-party logistics provider for food service in the United Kingdom, and we are looking forward to embarking on our new long-term partnership with Spirit Pub Company.”