Thursday, September 12, 2019

Direct Import Via Local Port Means Reduced Costs and Less Emissions for Merchant

Brewing Up for Success as Coffee Sales Rise
Shipping News Feature

UK – Britain's love affair with coffee seems to be growing endlessly, and not just in the hipster bars buzzing with baristas in London's Borough Market and Shoreditch. In just three weeks the Port of Tyne has offloaded enough of the beans to make four and a half million cups of the stuff, all imported for local tea and coffee merchant Ringtons.

Ringtons is a family owned and run Newcastle based business with its roots dating back to founder Samuel Smith in 1907. It’s renowned for its doorstep delivery service, a way of directly delivering to customers, which today is having somewhat of a resurgence as a sales channel.

Ringtons Beverages for Business division has benefited from that surge in coffee sales and the company says it is continuously investing in its coffee roasting facilities at its site at Baliol Business Park, where the business produces all of its tea and coffee, hence that 45 tonnes of beans arriving as mentioned.

The new partnership with the local port is just three weeks old but the stevedores have over 15 years’ experience in handling tea with over a third of the UK’s tea imports arriving via the North East port. Port of Tyne has been working with Ringtons since 2012 handling all of their tea imports, that beverage being what the company is best known for. Stephen Drysdale, Ringtons Head of Coffee, said:

“The Port of Tyne has always been hugely supportive of Ringtons and have been successfully storing our tea and making daily deliveries to our factory for over seven years now. We know the team well and they understand our business demands so when we were looking at import options for coffee they were top of our list of suppliers to meet.

”Previously our coffee was stored in Antwerp and transferred by truck, which meant it had to travel by road to our facilities in Newcastle. Switching from Antwerp to receiving direct containers from origin via the Port of Tyne offers us a more environmentally friendly, time efficient and cost-effective solution.

”This is, ultimately, a more sustainable process, which can be built upon alongside the growth of our coffee business. As a proud North East family business, we are also delighted to work with another well-respected local company and to continue to support the vibrant North East business scene.”

Coffee from around the world had been arriving in the UK via Europe and delivered to Ringtons by road, now the coffee beans will arrive by ship direct from Brazil, Mexico and Honduras and will be stored at the Port of Tyne, before being delivered direct to the Ringtons roasting facility in Newcastle.

No mention of Brexit one may note, however it is certainly true that importers and exporters around the country are looking for ways to remove the European connection from the supply chain equation and avoid possible pitfalls by doing so. Richard Newton, Port of Tyne Commercial Director Logistics, said:

“This is the first time that the Port has handled coffee. We are very proud to be building on our partnership with a great local business. It’s great to be working with an existing customer and supporting them as they grow and develop. Our port centric logistics approach means Ringtons will benefit from our seamless handling of their goods from start to finish including increased and more flexible storage facilities, whilst at the same time reducing their costs and carbon footprint.”