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Culina Group Driver Michael Young picks up Microlise Short Distance Driver of the Year Award

Culina Group Driver Michael Young from Great Bear Hoddesdon has won the 'Short Distance Driver of the Year' award at the 2017 Microlise Driver of the Year Awards. Michael was chosen from 120,000 drivers who were entered in the competition over nine categories. What makes this an impressive achievement is that 80% of Michaels journeys are in central London!

Culina Group Enters Into Joint Venture With Morgan McLernon

Culina Group, the UK market-leading provider of shared-user logistics services for food and drink companies, has announced an agreement to enter in to a joint venture with Morgan McLernon as from Monday 1st May 2017.

The joint venture is a logical next step for both companies. Due to the strong partnership between Morgan McLernon and Culina Group business CML, it made great sense for Culina Group to bring Morgan McLernon into the family.

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A positive year ahead for Culina Logistics

For the rapidly expanding Culina Group, 2016 was all about Great Bear. This year it is the turn of Culina Logistics, as the company’s long established Chilled logistics division announces its growth plans.

New long term contracts, secured between two and five years, totalling over £130 million and a commitment to a massive £38 million investment in new Chilled logistics infrastructure are a defining statement of intent by the Chilled Food and Drink logistics market leader.

Culina Group Company IPS Wins Best Service Award

Culina Group company IPS won big at the recent 2017 Nestle Supplier Awards taking the “Best Service Award”.

The Best Service Award celebrates the supplier who has either delivered a consistently high level of service or who have shown proactivity to overcome significant obstacles.

Port Salford Team Recognised At Supply Chain Excellence Awards

Culina Group, General Mills UK and Peel Ports have been recognised as the 'Team of the Year' at the recent Logistics & Supply Chain Excellence Awards, following the opening of the Port Salford warehouse and distribution facility near Manchester earlier this year.

The event held on Monday 14th November at the London Hilton on Park Lane was attended by some of the biggest names in the UK logistics and transport sector.

Port Salford Initiative Takes Top Supply Chain Award

Culina Group and General Mills UK & Ireland have scooped the Warehouse Operations Award at the CILT (Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport) Annual Awards for Excellence.

The event on Thursday 27 October was held at London’s Lancaster Hotel and featured some of the biggest names in the UK logistics and transport sector.

Culina Group wins TCS&D Award for Environmental & Sustainability

On Tuesday 14th September 2016, Culina Group Marketing & Communications Manager Paul Willocks proudly accepted the TCS&D Award for commitment to ‘Environmental and Sustainability’, presented by star of TV game show ‘The Chase’ Paul Sinha in front of hundreds industry professionals.

The event, which took place at the British Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, celebrated excellence in the temperature controlled logistics industry across a number of categories. Culina Group won the Environmental and Sustainability award for their visionary tri-modal concept at Port Salford which went live earlier in 2016 and also for the continuous improvements made to their fleet.

Culina Charity Cycle Ride for MacMillan Cancer Support

A team of cyclists from Culina Group including Mike Roberts, Tony Kay, Paul Giddings, Carl Tolley, Daniel Muller, Paul Jacobs, Wojceich Jastrzebski and Paul Barnes recently took part in a charity cycle ride in support of MacMillan Cancer Support. The event started at Hoddesdon on Sunday 4th September where the team received a very warm welcome and a fine send off from the staff. The cyclists set off from Hoddesdon at midday arriving at Haverhill later in the day.

Culina Group with General Mills wins SHD Logistics Award for New Facility

On Thursday 15th September 2016, the team from Culina Group and General Mills proudly accepted the SHD Logistics Award for New Facility, presented by leading comedian Mark Watson in front of 600 industry professionals.

The event, which took place at Resorts World Birmingham, celebrated excellence in the logistics industry across eleven main categories. Culina Group won the new facility award for their visionary collaboration with General Mills at Port Salford, the UK’s first Tri-modal logistics facility. The Port Salford depot went live earlier in 2016.

General Mills collaboration at Port Salford gains CILT recognition

The visionary collaboration at Port Salford between Culina Group and General Mills was recognised at the 2016 CILT North West Annual Awards recently. The Awards were attended by leading logistics and transport professionals at a gala event at the Titanic Hotel Liverpool.

The “CILT Warehouse Operations Award” was presented to Culina Group for “World class performance in warehouse operations that demonstrate continuous improvement and productivity utilising the most appropriate equipment and software and a fully engaged workforce”.

Royal recognition for Culina driver Giorgio Lercara as he becomes Microlise UK Driver of the Year

Giorgio Lercara from Culina Hoddesdon won both the Microlise ‘Driver of the Year’’ and also the Microlise ‘Short Distance Driver of the Year’ Award, at the prestigious 2016 Microlise Driver of the Year Awards.

The main award was presented to Giorgio personally by Princess Anne - The Princess Royal at the Microlise Transport Conference 2016, held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 18 May in front of over 1,000 transport industry leaders.

Culina Group companies IPS and Great Bear scoop 2016 Nestle accolades

Culina Group companies, IPS and Great Bear, both won big at the recent 2016 Nestle Supplier Awards. IPS won the “Virtuous Circle Award” and new Culina acquisition Great Bear won the “Safety First Award”.

IPS, the Featherstone based Culina Packaging Company won the Nestle award for ‘Fuelling the Virtuous Circle’ recognising the greatest contribution and collaboration from a supplier to significantly reducing the total delivered cost of Nestle finished goods.

Culina Group Anchors in at Port Salford

Continuing its rapid growth trajectory, and success story as leading UK transport and logistics innovator, on 4th April 2016, Culina Group opened for business as anchor occupier at Port Salford National Import Centre the UK’s first Tri-modal logistics facility.

Great Bear Distribution who joined the Culina Group last month through acquisition will be managing warehousing and distribution of a range of ambient brands from the showpiece 280,000sq ft. facility.

Culina Drivers Prove They Really Are In "Top Gear"

Maintaining its position as one of the UK’s most highly regarded transport and logistics operators, food and drink specialists Culina have just announced some startling driver performance statistics.

Seventy eight Culina drivers, representing almost 10% of the company’s driver workforce have been recognised for completing a full calendar year without a single Tachograph infringement to their name.

Culina Acquires Great Bear Creating a £400 Million Plus Company

Culina Group, the market-leading provider of shared-user FMCG logistics services, has announced an agreement to take over Great Bear Distribution Limited as from Tuesday 1st March 2016. The terms of the agreement, including consideration, have not been disclosed.

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Entire Culina Heavy Fleet at Euro 6 by March 2016

Culina will have its entire fleet of nearly 400 vehicles at Euro 6 standard by March 2016. Furthermore 10% of the Culina fleet will also be LNG fuelled. The current Culina fleet is a mix of the best vehicles on offer from leading marks.

“To absolutely minimise our on-going impact on the environment, Culina are looking at fuel economy, vehicle efficiency, and vehicle utilisation from many angles”, said Group Fleet Manager – Mark Matkin.

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Culina Group receives FTA Compliance Award

Culina Group has been presented with the Freight Transport Association Tachofta Compliance Award in recognition of its high standards of driver compliance and management of infringements.

The FTA Award is recognised as prestigious within the industry and highlight members’ efforts to stay compliant with driver hour’s legislation, and ensuring that they keep their drivers safe and legal.

New mobile generator is a massive Culina investment in client security

Culina has just announced a massive six figure investment in state of the art mobile generator technology to ensure the utmost security of clients’ products at all its chilled goods storage centres across the UK.

This move by Culina ensures that clients have the guarantee that their product temperature will be maintained in the event of a power outage.

Culina prioritise driver working conditions in choosing new DAF trucks

It is refreshing to witness the thought processes that underly the acquisition of new trucks as part of the transport policy at Culina whose head office is based in Market Drayton. Placing driver comfort and working conditions at a high priority level indicates that Culina are a company that recognises the worth of their employees. Couple this with a robust and modern environmental policy and you have a highly respected company which possesses a social conscience, not always the case in business nowadays.

Culina win juicy contract with global market leader AMC

AMC have taken the decision to switch and sign with Culina for UK distribution of its full range of juice products.

AMC are looking for a stable partner and a long term contract. Culina will be working with MMUK, the UK subsidiary of AMC, handling over 140 different products on their behalf.

“AMC are looking to actively expand in the UK. The decision to switch to Culina was integral to our plans. We need a logistics supplier we can rely on completely”, said Mark Graham of MMUK.