Processed meat producer extends Culina distribution contract

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Feldhues, the international producer of character and processed meats, has appointed Culina Logistics Ireland to manage the distribution of its products to grocery retailers throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The contract extends and mirrors the operation in the UK where Culina Logistics has been working with Feldhues for some time.

“Culina Logistics has been distributing our products in the UK for almost 20 years,” said Joe O’Connell, managing director of Feldhues in Ireland. “During this time we have always found Culina Logistics to be extremely professional, reliable and flexible and so it was an obvious progression to appoint them as distributor of our products throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland.”

The contract includes all storage, order picking and distribution of the Feldhues range, which includes brands such as Billy Bear. Culina Logistics Ireland said it will utilise its shared user approach to provide an efficient and cost effective supply chain solution to ensure Feldhues products are delivered to customers in the shortest possible times to maximise shelf life.

Feldhues has a manufacturing plant in County Monaghan and, working with Culina Logistics Ireland, will have access to the full network operated by the Culina Group in the UK and Ireland.

Culina Logistics Ireland will manage the operation from its new 16,000sq m chilled, ambient and temperature controlled facility in Rathcoole, County Dublin. This is said to have been built to the highest specification to comply with EU regulations on environmental performance and is accredited to the ISO9001 and ISO14001 standards and by the BRC and Irish Medicines Board. It is one of nine strategically placed facilities in the Culina Group’s UK and Ireland network which provides fully integrated coverage for customers in both countries. The company’s own transport fleet is Euro 5 compliant and uses technology to manage order picking, load assembly and routing and scheduling to minimise vehicle movements and road miles.

“This is an ideal fit for our expanding business in Ireland and means we can provide Feldhues with a local service tailored to its requirements throughout the island,” said Paul O’Donnell, operations director at Culina Logistics Ireland. “We will also support the distribution of products so they have access to the full resources and network of Culina Group in the UK and beyond.”