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Mizkan Selects Bibby Distribution for Major New Ambient Food Contract

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Mizkan Selects Bibby Distribution for Major New Ambient Food Contract
17 May 2013

Bibby Distribution has opened an impressive new 212,000 ft² warehouse and distribution facility and taken on more than 100 additional staff inCorbyafter securing a major contract with Japanese food manufacturer Mizkan.


TheCorbyfacility will support an initial three year contract with Mizkan, secured following a competitive tender which saw Bibby Distribution selected for its competitiveness and proven grocery sector expertise.


The 30,000 pallet-capacity site will support the customer following its acquisition of a series of famousUKbrands during 2012 and 2013, including Sarson's vinegar, Haywardspickled vegetablesand Branston pickle from Premier Foods.


Under the new agreement Bibby Distribution will manage the completeUKwarehousing and distribution requirements for the Sarson's, Haywards and Branston brands. Corbywas identified as the optimum location between the different production points of the brands and their outbound customer base.  This has minimised inbound and outbound road miles, lead-times and associated costs.  The fleet will also trunk ambient products intoCorbyfrom the Sarson's and Haywards production plant in Middleton and the Branston facility in Bury St Edmunds. 


Commenting on the new agreement, Paul Shanahan, MD at Mizkan'sUKbusiness, says: "Our acquisitions were carefully selected to provide a platform to support our future growth ambition in theUKwhile delivering a strategic fit with our global portfolio.  We are building a solid foundation for growth in the UKmarket and we needed a third party logistics provider (3PL) to partnerus.


"There is no shortage of 3PLs with warehouses and trucks, butwe wanted a supplier with extensive experience serving the grocery market.  Not only does Bibby enjoy a

strong relationship with the top fourUKfood retailers, its bespoke IT platform can provide the transparency we need to run our business more efficiently."


Bibby Distribution has commenced deliveries of inbound product and will maintain a 20,000 pallet stock-holding for Mizkan inCorby.  It will begin delivering an estimated 114,000 pallets annually to retailers nationwide from July onwards and is supporting the contract with 15 new trucks and 25 trailers which will enter service in the coming weeks.


Mark Wilson, a Divisional Director at Bibby Distribution, explains: "Our software platform iskey to delivering for Mizkan.  It ties everything we do together, from monitoring stock levels to helping the customer improve its route to market.


"From the outset we've been able to wrap ourselves around Mizkan's requirements to deliver a solution which has the flexibility to grow with them. It's this approach and our proven ability in this sector that's secured the contract. We look forward to helping them deliver these leading food brands into the marketplace."

The contract will utilise approximately two-thirds of the British Retail Consortium (BRC)accredited warehouse inCorby, providing Bibby with further room for growth.


The Mizkan Group is a 210year old privately held international food manufacturer, based inHanda City,Japan. It is a leading vinegar and liquid condiments group with a portfolio that includes vinegar, cooking wines, dressings, pickles and table sauces. The Group has operating facilities around the globe, includingJapan,China,UK,USA,Thailand,Singapore, Hong Kong & Taiwan.


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