Culina Logistics, the chilled food and drink supply chain specialist, is experiencing increased demand for its daily delivery service to Northern Ireland. Since its introduction in May 2004 for a handful of companies, the operation has expanded significantly – currently 18 clients take advantage of the service including Tropicana, Kraft Foods UK, Kerrygold, Andros, Innocent Drinks, Delamere Dairy, Direct Table, Pluma and So Good.
Deliveries are made to distribution centres for major retailers Tesco in Belfast and Safeway in Larne, along with Musgraves, Ireland’s largest grocery distributor, which also has a centre in Belfast. Andy Newnes, supply chain development manager at Culina, says: “The service we have established to Northern Ireland is an extension of our recognised mainland network. It enhances the existing partnerships we have with customers. With a service that typically delivers order pick accuracy figures of 99.995% for chilled food and drink manufacturers across Britain, we are confident volumes to Northern Ireland will continue to grow.”
There are several key benefits for customers, including significant cost savings due to direct delivery, removal of double handling to reduce potential stock damage and improvements to on-time deliveries. A 24-hour customer care centre, day one ordering for day two delivery and online data providing visibility of order receipt through to actual delivery are part of the service. Previously, products from Culina’s customers were consolidated in the North of England and delivered to Northern Ireland.