Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Chill Out Freight Consolidation for Fine Wine from France

Be Cool with New Groupage Service to the UK
Shipping News Feature

FRANCE – UK - Porter & Laker, part of the JF Hillebrand group and logistics provider to the independent wine trade, has launched a new temperature-controlled groupage service from Bordeaux to the UK. The freight service will run fortnightly, offering local collection direct from chateaux and transportation in smaller temperature controlled vehicles. These then return to Hillebrand’s secure temperature-controlled consolidation warehouse in Bordeaux, before onward transportation to the UK destination.

Temperature fluctuations during transport can have an impact on the quality of a wine, but by transporting and warehousing it at a correct and stable temperature, Porter & Laker say their new service will deliver the product in optimum condition. Porter & Laker Director Chris Porter commented:

“French wine makers and the industry invest a lot of time, money and care in developing quality products. This level of investment should extend to supply chain to make sure that such quality is not compromised. Consumers of fine wine understand the concept of value in that they should get what they pay for. When a consumer invests in a higher-value product, they are buying into the belief that their purchase has been treated in a way that ensures that their wine will be in the best possible condition.”