Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Kuehne + Nagel Expands Logistics Contract With Wine Importer

Concha Y Toro Reaffirms Faith in K + N For UK Business
Shipping News Feature

UK – Concha Y Toro, Latin America’s leading wine producer and exporter and one of the ten largest wine companies in the world, has expanded its long-term partnership with Kuehne + Nagel with the signing of a new three-year contract logistics agreement.

Kuehne + Nagel has managed imports of wine from Chile and Argentina by sea freight on behalf of Concha Y Toro for ten years. Under the terms of the new agreement, Concha Y Toro will now transfer all its UK domestic warehousing and distribution to KN Drinks Logistics, Kuehne + Nagel’s wholly-owned subsidiary in the UK.

KN Drinks Logistics’ Hams Hall facility in the Midlands will offer storage for approximately one million cases of wine which will be delivered annually to both on- and off-trade customers via the KN Drinks Logistics primary and secondary distribution networks.

German Lledo, Finance & Logistics Director at Concha Y Toro UK, explains, “We chose to develop our supply chain operations in the UK with KN Drinks Logistics because it is crucial to us to be able to offer a flexible, highly reliable and seamless service to our customers in a very competitive market.”

Phil Newton, Business Development Director for KN Drinks Logistics, is optimistic about the potential for growth in this sector. He comments, “As the largest sea freight forwarder in the world, Kuehne + Nagel has been a significant player in the wines and spirits market for a number of years. We are therefore ideally positioned to offer our contract logistics expertise to this sector, which continues to be a strategic target for our organisation.”

(pic: © Concha Y Toro)