Abbey Logistics Magazine Spring Edition 2021

more effective for many UK manufacturers, thanks to the shorter lead times and reduced carbon footprint that comes from sourcing raw materials from within the UK. As the sole processor of the UK’s beet sugar crop, British Sugar is the leading producer of sugar for the British and Irish food and beverage markets, processing around eight million tonnes of sugar beet, which produces around 1.4 million tonnes of sugar each year. This amounts to more than 350 bulk tanker deliveries per week for Abbey Logistics to manage, feeding the supply chains of major food and beverage manufacturers.

Mike Ellis, Abbey Logistics’ Business Development Director, said: “Abbey’s contract team, together with British Sugar’s logistics team, have worked shoulder to shoulder over the past four years and delivered every objective we set out to achieve.

“The success of the two teams working together

both ensure British Sugar’s customers can provide a stable and predictable service to their own customers. Stewart Dickson, Logistics Contracts Manager, British Sugar, said: “We knew from previous hauliers that the KPIs we set Abbey Logistics were challenging, but we also knew that by adopting the right approach and working closely with us, they were achievable. “Our business is unique and never predictable and for Abbey to succeed they needed to work alongside us to understand our customer profile and the characteristics of our sector. “It certainly paid off as their delivery on time performance demonstrates, and on top of that we have seen multiple projects and initiatives that ultimately make British Sugar more competitive and able to provide a better service to our customers.”

demonstrates the importance of a collaborative approach to transport operations of this scale and proves how effective working in partnership can be in delivering on objectives and providing the best possible service to customers. “We are delighted to be continuing this partnership with British Sugar and we look forward to many more successes in the future.”

Sugar demand from customers can often be unpredictable, so a flexible transport operation is vital in ensuring their manufacturing processes remain in operation. Abbey Logistics’ ability to provide a transport operation tailored to this market, combined with sugar that is produced in the UK and available quickly,


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