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Operators get together in pan-European food network

[ June 6, 2013   //   ]

Twelve of Europe’s leading food logistics providers are joining forces in a new European Food Network association, aimed at the non-frozen sector, covering the major part of the region. The UK and Ireland partner is Peter Green Chilled; others include Dachser Food Logistics (Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Germany), Papp Italia (Italy) and the Raben Group (Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Czech Republic).

The network consists of well-founded family businesses with a solid track record over many years in their respective markets. Peter Green Chilled operates a fleet of over 80 vehicles delivering throughout the UK and Europe, including a dedicated smaller fleet for urban and remote destinations. It offers European groupage services to several European countries through its approved haulier structure using twin evaporator trailers from its two operating sites in Somerset. These include a daily route from Evercreech to Eire, to the Benelux region, and to Germany, for chilled and ambient palletised groupage.

Dachser added that the network would offer reliable, transnational food logistics with uniform standards and, from 1 October a new vivengo product world will also be introduced across the network. This would offer uniform transport and IT standards. Other services will include the non-time-sensitive vengoflex solution, urgent special transport or Sunday and public holiday deliveries. The products will apply from October for defined countries and will be phased in gradually.

Dachser Food Logistics managing director Alfred Miller said “The food market is becoming more and more trans-European. Retailers and producers are increasingly looking beyond national boundaries when it comes to planning their distribution structures. We are aiming to meet this need and with the European Food Network offer them transnational logistics from a single source.”

Dachser will assume systems leadership for the network. The European Food Network consolidates the expertise of established food logistics providers for customers operating Europe-wide in a self-contained system.

The European Food Network is expected to generate revenue of around €1.2 billion and will offer almost one million warehouse pallet spaces and 3,500 vehicles. More partners are planned to be added in the coming months.

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