JF Hillebrand acquires drinks forwarder

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JF Hillebrand has acquired specialist drinks forwarder ABV Logistics in a bid to strengthen its dedicated wine and beverage logistics offering.

“With this acquisition we are able to augment our extensive range of services using ABV Logistics’ particular strength in Iberia and Italy where their service coverage is impressive,” said JF Hillebrand UK chairman, Tom Yusef.

The two businesses will continue to operate as normal and all customer contacts remain unchanged. The ABV Logistics team, which is currently based in Wickford, will in time relocate to JF Hillebrand UK’s West Thurrock offices.

Yusef added: “Clients of both companies will benefit from the strong multi-carrier relationships in all trade lanes. ABV Logistics’ customers will also enjoy a wider selection of route options and improved access to space and equipment, supported by JF Hillebrand’s award winning AXIS information management system.”

Gary Gordon of ABV said: “The acquisition by JF Hillebrand UK will ensure our customers enjoy the benefits of a range of large scale operations of exclusive beverage-only services that give them the edge in the current competitive environment.”

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