The company has been established to meet demand from producers, importers and retailers for an integrated solution to manage the complete supply chain from source, whatever the country, to final delivery throughout the UK and Europe.
Many retailers are moving to direct sourcing as part of a strategy to simplify their supply chains and introduce shorter lead times and other efficiencies. Producers and importers are also adapting their supply chains to improve efficiencies in order to meet future challenges.
The business will initially operate from two strategic locations. Facilities at Heathrow Airport in the UK will provide offices and warehousing to co-ordinate air freighting operations. Valencia in Spain has been chosen for its proximity to the region where the company expects to manage significant volumes of fresh produce. The company will also work with carefully selected partners in North America, South America, Eastern and Southern Africa, and the Far East who will provide local support services.
“We are very excited about this new venture which will give us a worldwide capability,” says Thomas van Mourik, CEO of Culina Logistics and Managing Director Culina Fresh. “It supports the aspirations of the Culina Group, which includes the UK marketleading food and drink logistics specialist Culina Logistics, to expand organically, by acquisition or by strategic alliances, and will enable us to offer even more cutting edge added value to new and existing customers.”www.culinalogistics.co.uk