Culina moves to UK top slot

London, UK: Culina has taken over from Gist at No 1 in the Cold Chain News ranking of UK temperature-controlled operators sponsored by Thermo King.

Culina had an outstanding year, with turnover rising 30% from £514m in 2017 to £669m.

Other companies that saw turnover grow by over 10% include NFT Distribution (+13%), FreshLinc (+20%), NewCold (+55%), Edwards Transport (+18%) and Dennis Distribution (+16%).

Scottish company Long Lane Deliveries, which with turnover of £14m is the largest chilled and frozen groupage haulier in Scotland, made its first appearance in the Top 25 table.

However, a number of companies only saw single-digit growth. For example, Gist, which also has extensive operations elsewhere in Europe, and Turners (Soham) both saw turnover rise by 6% while Fowler Welch Coolchain’s turnover nudged up by 3%. Reed Boardall saw turnover fall in 2018 by 2%.

The bosses of the Top 25 temperature-controlled operators are generally upbeat about their prospects in the coming year – particularly those with storage – after 2018 proved a mixed bag financially.

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