Refrigerated trucker expands European network

By Ahmed ElAmin

- Last updated on GMT

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UK supply chain company Gist has expanded its refrigerated trucking
network to continental Europe by purchasing Netherlands-based G Van
Dongen Holdings.

The move was made in part because more and more UK food processors are sourcing their supplies from the continent and Gist wanted to keep up with its customers, company spokesperson Michele Mervintold today. Mervin noted that Gist's food processor and retailing customers were demanding more efficiency in transport operations. Due to environmental concerns Gist is now cutting back on trucks making emptyruns to or from pickup and disposal points. The company was also running more double decker trucks, carrying two loads for separate customers on the same trip. "Our customers are demanding more efficient and smarter in logistics," she said. "They are also working more in partnership with the transport side of the business. It'snot just trucks and moving goods from one place to the other. The supply chain has become a much more integral part of the business." G Van Dongen has €46m in annual sales and will add to Gist's existing operations in the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. G Van Dongen is made up of seven companies based in the Netherlandsand Spain. Gist will get five additional operating centres in Holland and one in Spain. The new European operation will be known as Gist Van Dongen and will provide fresh, chilled and ambient transport services to food manufacturers in the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Portugal, andFrance. Gist already has a strong UK primary chill business but believes that substantial opportunities for growth lie in the rest of Europe. Van Dongen's existing customer base includes food companiessuch as Fritolay and packers such as Tetrapak. Gist, the logistics unit of the BOC Group, servers a number of major customers in the UK including Marks & Spencer. BOC is one of the world's largest providers of industrial gases used inprocessing and manufacturing. Logistics makes up about five per cent of the parent's £4.6bn in annual sales. External links to companies or organisations mentioned in this story: BOC Group

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