Sunday 23rd Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Gregory Distribution buys Welsh operator

Gregory Distribution has acquired Dylan Thomas International, a refrigerated transport business based in west Wales for an undisclosed sum.

The Fishguard based business specialises in chilled distribution including potato products for Puffin Produce and poultry for Capestone Organic Poultry.

Gregory chief executive John Gregory said: “Dylan Thomas has been handling some of our chilled distribution for some time. The acquisition adds value to our current operation while allowing us to expand into Wales and to seek new business opportunities.

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“The deal increases GDL’s network nationwide with business units in the South West of England, Scotland and now Wales.”

The deal means further geographical expansion for Devon-based Gregory which 18 months ago formed a joint venture in Scotland with Hayton Coulthard – the family firm of racing driver David Coulthard.

Dylan Thomas will remain with the business as transport manager. The other employees will also transfer to Gregory. Thomas said: “Gregory is a business with a very strong reputation for its standards of customer care. This is one of the key reasons why we wanted to be involved with them.”

Huw Thomas, managing director of Puffin Produce said: “We are delighted for Dylan Thomas especially as Dylan himself will remain running the business in West Wales providing us with valuable continuity going forward. We are also pleased to be working with Gregory Distribution whose network of contacts and depth of resource may well provide new routes to market for us.”

And Justin Scale, managing director, of Capestone said: “We have had a very successful working relationship with Dylan Thomas and look forward to working with Gregory and benefiting from their established operational skills and depth of resource and so further enhancing the service we provide to our customers.”