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Abbey Logistics grows flour division with Premier Foods

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Abbey Logistics awarded a new contract with Premier Foods to transport all bulk flour produced at their mill in Andover to bakeries throughout the UK.
The new contract which started in early January, adds to Abbey Logistics’ growing list of bulk flour customers using their fleet of food grade bulk powder road tankers.
Premier Foods owns some of the UK’s best-loved and most recognisable brands and is one of Britain’s biggest listed food companies.
Operating primarily in the ambient food sector which continues to be the largest sector within the total UK grocery market, Premier food’s portfolio of brands includes flavourings and seasonings, cooking sauces and accompaniments, quick meals, snacks and soups, sweet treats and ambient desserts.
Paul Thompson, operations director, Premier Foods, said: “Flour is a key ingredient in many of our products and we needed to partner with a logistics company with knowledge and expertise of flour transport and the ability to provide a flexible resource to accurately manage the volume of flour at our sites.
“Abbey Logistics’ experience in food grade logistics and their track record of working alongside customers to identify opportunities that add value and increase the security of the supply chain was a perfect fit for us, and we are delighted to be working with them.”
Mike Ellis, Abbey Logistics group business development director, said: “All of us at Abbey are very excited to begin this new partnership with Premier Foods, working together to drive service and reliability improvements and identify ways to optimise the operations under our management.
“Over the last ten years we have grown our bulk flour capability significantly through working with some of the largest producers in the UK and building a team of experts across management, operations, drivers and maintenance.
“Flour transport has some very specific requirements that call for a haulier that truly understands the product and its unique characteristics, this new contract demonstrates our ability to support one of the UK’s largest food manufacturers and we look forward to growing our partnership with Premier Foods.”