Supply chain specialist Gist is expanding its primary business into Europe having bought G Van Dongen Holdings, a European temperature-controlled transport operator comprising of seven companies based in the Netherlands and Spain.
The new European operation will be called Gist Van Dongen, and will provide fresh/chill and ambient transport services to food manufacturers in the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Portugal, and France.
The £46M turnover business adds to Gist’s existing operations in Czech Republic and the Netherlands, bringing five additional operating centres in the Netherlands and one in Spain. Gist managing director Martin Gwynn comments: “This is an ideal strategic fit for Gist. We have a strong UK Primary chill business but we believe that substantial opportunities lie in Europe.”
The Van Dongen existing customer base includes Flowerplus, Fritolay, Maersk, and Tetrapak.