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UK Cold Chain Leaders 2021

Reading, UK: The Cold Chain Leaders 2021 listing, sponsored by Thermo King and produced in association with the Cold Chain Federation, is available in full, priced £150. The report, highlights are shown in the September issue, sets out the top providers of temperature-controlled logistics services in the UK and Ireland with details of turnover, fleet size and strorage capacity.

This year’s listing shows that, once again, Culina had a very profitable year on the back of turnover up 29% to £1.1bn in 2020. Culina continued its acquisition trail over the last year with its purchase of GreenWhiteStar which included Eddie Stobart, Eddie Stobart Europe, I-Force, Pallet Network, and Logistics People. NewCold also saw strong turnover growth, jumping by 16% to £14.5m while Buffaload and Edwards Transport both saw turnover rise by 15%. Many companies saw single-digit growth, including FreshLinc (3%), McCulla (Ireland), (7%), Turners (Soham), (8%) and Reed Boardall (9%). Unsurprisingly, comments from the chief executives, which are included in the report, focus on the continuing effects of Brexit and coronavirus on their businesses.

The full report, which includes fleet size and storage capacity, and historic turnover data, is available as a PDF from Cold Chain News priced £150.

UK Cold Chain Leaders 2021

London, UK: The Cold Chain Leaders 2020 listing, published by Cold Chain News magazine and sponsored by Refrigeco, is available now priced £99.This year’s listing shows that Culina Logistics had a standout year with turnover up 27% to £850m in 2019. NewCold also saw turnover jump by 24% and FreshLinc’s turnover rose 18%. Turnover increased by 12% at McCulla (Ireland). Many companies saw single-digit growth, including Dennis Distribution (8%), Lineage Logistics (7%) and Nagel Langdons (7%). Culina has reinforced its top slot by buying Fowler Welch from the Dart Group for £98m in June this year.

This year’s listing show that Culina Logistics had a standout year with turnover up 27% to £850m in 2019. NewCold also saw turnover jump by 24% and FreshLinc’s turnover rose 18%. Turnover increased by 12% at McCulla (Ireland). Many companies saw single-digit growth, including Dennis Distribution (8%), Lineage Logistics (7%) and Nagel Langdons (7%). Culina has reinforced its top slot by buying Fowler Welch from the Dart Group for £98m in June this year.

Over the last few years US companies have made major inroads into the UK market, including Michigan-based Lineage Logistics’ takeover of Yearsley Logistics at the end of 2018. Agro Merchants, based in North America, is also acquisitive and bought Grocontinental at the end of 2017. Family-owned companies in our listings that haven’t been taken over include Reed Boardall and Turners of Soham.

Comments from chief executives this year focus on the effect of coronavirus on their businesses. The picture is mixed but some companies expect their turnover figures to slump for the 2020/21 financial year. Marc Payne, managing director, Armoric Freight International, said: “We have put plans in place, but the future is now uncertain with a potential of 40% reduction in our turnover for 2020.” Long Lane Deliveries expects its turnover to drop about 10% over the year. Other firms are more optimistic, such as fast-growing Culina Logistics. “Our growth momentum is continuing throughout 2020 and we are looking forward to 2021,” says Thomas Van Mourik, chief executive, Culina Logistics.

The report sets out the top providers of temperature-controlled logistics services in the UK and Ireland. The listing is based upon the previously published Cold Chain News Top 25 tables. However, this guide includes all the major operators, including companies such as ACS&T, Agro Merchants, and EV Cargo, although their UK only data is not shown.

To purchase the report contact Tina Massey at Commercial Transport Publishing: Tina.massey@globalcoldchainnews.com.

Top 25 UK and Irish Temperature-Controlled Logistics Providers 2019

Cold Chain News has published, in association with Thermo King, a listing of the UK’s Top 25 temperature-controlled logistics providers in 2019. Highlights of the report are published in Cold Chain News April issue, also available on this website. The full report includes comments by the chief executives of the major players of the challenges they expect the industry to face in 2019 and 20. The tables show financial performance by turnover for the past five years, the fleet size by vehicle number and type, as well as the storage capacity of each company. In addition there is an overview of the major own account operators in temperature-controlled goods.

The report, priced £80, is available as a PDF to download. To obtain a copy, e-mail Tina Massey : tina.massey@coldchainnews.com

Cold Chain News editor Dean Stiles said: “With so little data available on the UK temperature-controlled sector this new report will help plug the gap. For anyone interested in an overview of the market in 2019, with a full listing of all the major players, this report will prove invaluable.”

 

Who’s who in temperature-controlled logistics  2018

The guide, available from Cold Chain News priced £150, brings together a raft of research carried out by the magaine and includes tables that list the major players in the industry, including own account operators, logistics providers, body and trailer builders, van converters and truck refrigeration equipment suppliers.

The report sets out the size and scale of the British temperature-controlled transport, logistics and storage market. The report draws on extensive research carried out by the magazine, with contributions from companies in the sector, as well as other published sources of information, including government sources such as the DVLA, Department for Transport, Companies House, and VOSA.

The UK is one of the top markets for Europe’s cold chain industry in terms of storage space, which was 24 million cubic meters in 2018. The top five logistics providers in the UK alone operate over half a million square metres of cold storage. The massive food and drinks sector continues to dominate the cold chain industry, but in recent times there has been an exponential growth in the pharmaceutical sector, with the emergence of significantly sized refrigerated pharmaceutical transport logistics companies.

Top 25 UK and Irish Temperature-Controlled Logistics Providers 2018

Global Cold Chain News has published, in association with Thermo King, a listing of the UK’s Top 25 temperature-controlled logistics providers in 2018.

Global Cold Chain News editor Dean Stiles said: “With so little data available on the UK temperature-controlled sector this new report will help plug the gap. For anyone interested in an overview of the market in 2018, with a full listing of all the major players, this report will prove invaluable.”

The full report, Top 25 UK Temperature-Controlled Logistics Providers 2018 – Company ranking and market trends with data from five three years plus analysis and commentary from all the leading players is available on Amazon UK priced £80 ($105 on Amazon.com).

The report ranks the top 25 logistics providers and also includes assessments by the chief executives of the major players of the challenges they expect the industry to face in 2018. The tables show financial performance by turnover for the past five years, the fleet size by vehicle number and type, as well as the storage capacity of each company.

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