The new contract follows the decision announced by Suttons Tankers in May to end its eight-year relationship with British Sugar in order to concentrate on the hazardous chemicals, gases and fuels sectors. After a competitive tender process, British Sugar selected Abbey based on experience in the food sector and the company’s understanding of the nature of the market. Abbey’s strong maintenance and depot network, allowing maximum efficiency by reducing vehicle downtime, was identified as a perfect match for British Sugar’s needs.
Sugar will be transported in bulk granulated sugar tanks and liquid tankers from four state-of-the-art processing plants in the UK, strategically located to reduce the mileage from farm to factory for processing. British Sugar is the UK’s leading sugar producer supplying 1 million tonnes per year to the food industry and supermarkets. Abbey specialises in bulk food grade logistics, operating the UK’s largest fleet of dedicated food grade road tankers. This contract will see the company taking responsibility for transport planning and delivery services, supporting British Sugar to continue to offer a high quality, flexible and dependable service to its customers.
Paul Townsend, British Sugar’s Head of Supply Chain, said: “Abbey shares our values when it comes to putting the customer at the forefront of everything we do. We’re confident that Abbey’s proven ability to deliver a flexible and scalable transport solution will make them a valuable partner in helping us delivering the best possible service for our customers.”
Steve Granite, Chief Executive of Abbey Logistics Group, said: “We are delighted that British Sugar has entrusted Abbey with such a critical service. Abbey understands the sensitivities of seasonal food manufacture and delivery, and our significant experience of working with major food manufacturers and retailers will be instrumental in supporting the continued success of British Sugar and its customers. We very much look forward to working with British Sugar and the employees transferring under TUPE on 26th September 2016.”