05
July
2006
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07:49
Europe/Amsterdam

KN Drinks Logistics deal completed

Following the announcement on 25 April 2006 Kuehne + Nagel UK and Scottish & Newcastle UK (“S&N UK”) have today completed the deal that sees the creation of a new Kuehne + Nagel owned division, KN Drinks Logistics, which is now fully operational.

The deal follows a period of detailed briefings and consultation with employees. All staff employed in the Kuehne + Nagel primary operations on behalf of S&N UK, and all S&N UK secondary distribution staff have transferred under TUPE into KN Drinks Logistics. The combined business has nationwide coverage through 22 depots, with around 850 vehicles and 2,900 people.

KN Drinks Logistics will specialise in the primary and secondary distribution of beverages throughout the UK, using the existing network facilities of both Kuehne + Nagel UKand S&N UK, providing an industry platform for all drinks suppliers and retailers in the UK. There are no immediate changes anticipated to the physical distribution network and customers have been briefed to explain the new arrangements.

Newly appointed Managing Director of KN Drinks Logistics, Werner White, said: “The new KN Drinks Logistics business represents the biggest and best invested drinks logistics business in the UK. Our aim now is to grow the business by being recognised as the first choice logistics provider to the drinks industry.”

 

John Dunsmore, Managing Director of S&N UK commented on the launch of the new business: “This is a hugely significant step for both S&N and Kuehne + Nagel, forming a business that is uniquely placed to specialise in drinks logistics and capable of winning new contracts in this market. It is also a tribute to our distribution colleagues, their employee representatives and union representatives, who have worked with us in a highly professional and pragmatic manner during consultation on the transfer. The new business will bring some exciting opportunities for those transferring; and help to ensure that S&N maintains a high quality distribution service for our customers.”