22
February
2010
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17:25
Europe/Amsterdam

Kuehne + Nagel achieves further expansion in the wine and spirits market with Concha Y Toro

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 seafreight 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 seafreight 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.”


About Concha y Toro SA
Founded in 1883, Concha y Toro SA is Latin America’s leading producer of premium branded wine, currently exporting to 131 countries worldwide. Uniquely, it owns around 8,800 hectares of prime vineyards, located all over Chile and Argentina, from where its wholly-owned winery Bodegas Trivento operates. This vineyard ownership allows the company to secure the highest quality grapes for its wine production. Concha y Toro’s portfolio includes a wide range of successful brands at every price point, from the top of the range Don Melchor and Almaviva to the flagship brand Casillero del Diablo and innovative stand-alone brands such as Palo Alto and Maycas del Limarí.

About Concha y Toro UK
Established in 2001, Concha y Toro UK is the company’s wholly-owned distributor dedicated to the UK market. Based in Oxford, with 38 employees across sales, marketing and logistics, Concha y Toro UK distributes a wide portfolio of products to every sector of the UK retail network, from multiple grocery, cash and carry to specialists, independents and the on-trade.