DHL invests £8.8m in Heathrow catering hub

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 DHL Supply Chain is investing £8.8m in a shared user hub at Heathrow to meet the end-of-route return catering requirements on long haul flights. The company has just won some £40m of additional airline catering contracts. 
The site will open early next year alongside DHL’s existing food preparation facility at the Heathrow Flight Assembly Centre.
It will provide procurement and sourcing services, menu development, food assembly and final mile delivery to aircraft, as well as an integrated specialist-recycling centre.
“This investment builds on our successful flight assembly operation for British Airways, which sees over 80,000 flights serviced and 14 million meals prepared per year,” said Paul Richardson, managing director of Specialist Services at DHL Supply Chain.
“We believe the time is right to leverage our infrastructure and expertise to offer other airlines the opportunity to improve cost control, while reducing the environmental impact of their supply chains.”
The site will have food driers that reduce food waste volume by 70 per cent. DHL will and offer advice on menu design, planning and consumption analysis to help avoid over-ordering.
And it expects to reduce over-stocking product on flights, reducing weight, fuel burn and cost without affecting the service to passengers by tracking the consumption of each flight.

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