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Welcome to the Culina blog. This is the place you'll find the latest news and articles from the UK's leading food and drink logistics provider.



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RISE-ing To Your Potential

I think that it is fair to say that we all want to better ourselves in one way or another and what better way to do this than through education. Whether it be reading a book, learning a new skill or taking a course, education makes us better people. Knowledge is power after all!

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Could Logistics ‘Bee’ Any More Important?

The humble honey bee is a pillar of the environment and is responsible for the pollination of over 400 different types of agricultural plant 70 of which being crops. Among these include fruit trees/plants, vegetables, flowers, alfalfa (which is used to feed cattle and other livestock) and even cotton which equates to 35% of the Worlds fibre usage. With one third of food being dependant on pollination I think you will agree that that bees are extremely important.

Culina Group backs petition to help fund the cost of redistributing more surplus food to charity

Culina Group is backing a formal petition launched by The Grocer (magazine) that asks ministers to reconsider subsidising food waste distribution to get more surplus food to charity.

Currently, it can cost up to £150 per tonne to separate, store and transport edible surplus food to charity. If this cost were reimbursed far more of the 270,000 tonnes of edible surplus in the system would go to people who need it. For only £10-15m per year, 100,000 tonnes of food could be donated.

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Health on the Open Road

Being a professional driver is a taxing job. You have to face many obstacles throughout your day, both physical and mental. There’s traffic, deadlines, delays, stress. The last thing you have time to think about is exercise and eating healthy.

UK’s Best ‘Truck Stops’ As Chosen by Our Drivers

There are thousands of service stations, layby caterers, diners and truck stop’s all over the UK ready to welcome the weary traveller. Whether it be a hot meal, a well-earned rest or just a quick comfort break they all have something to offer.

Culina Group enters into joint venture with Warrens Group

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 Warrens Group, the UK market leader in baked goods logistics, effective 1st March 2018.

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Top Tunes To Drive To, as Picked by You

There is no better feeling than being on the open road when the sun is shining, with no traffic and you have your favourite songs on the stereo. Even when the weather is miserable and all you can see is tail lights up ahead, it can still be a good journey. As long as you have your music, everything will be alright.

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Teaching ‘Old Trucks’ New Tricks

The noble family dog is more than just a pet that you share your home with. They are a valued member of the family. You feed, care for and play with and in return, they give you loyalty, love, and admiration.

The family car, however, is not seen by many in the same light as the family pet.

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Creating A Successful Partnership

Mutual Symbiosis is when two organisms from different species co-exist in a relationship that benefits each individual through the activity of the other.

For example, in Africa, the Oxpecker Bird removes bloodsucking ticks from the hide of a Hippopotamus. Under the ocean, a Clown Fish will keep an Anemone clean from debris in exchange for protection. While on the banks of the Nile the Plover Bird will stand inside the open mouth of a crocodile in order to clean the reptile’s teeth. Better them than me! All of these relationships have been built by each species gaining the trust of the other over many hundreds, if not thousands of years.

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How DID that get there? – Co-Packing

If I were to say the word ‘Co-Packing’ to you, you would be forgiven for thinking I was talking about the joint effort to get the suitcases ready for the annual family holiday. When in actual fact I would be talking about the 3rd party logistics process in which a co-packing company receives a product from a manufacturer (sometimes in its raw state) and then package it, or re-work the packaging. An oversimplification of Co-Packing would be ‘the operation of packing goods for redistribution’. But that’s merely scratching the surface.

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Culina Group and FareShare – Join Our Winning Team

In today’s world of ever increasing waste change is drastically needed, especially in the food industry. In data collected over the past five years, the UK wastes approximately 1,360,000 tonnes of food from the manufacturing, retail and wholesale sectors alone.

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The Future of 3PL - The Evolution of Automation

Long gone are the days of the horse and cart making daily trips to the local convenience store, or the baker’s son making home deliveries at the crack of dawn down the cobbled streets on his bike. As fond as those memories are for some the future of 3PL is changing, and it’s changing fast!

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Tinder / Tender - For the love of business.

The world of dating can be a minefield. Trying to find ‘the one’ in a sea of ‘ones’. But the moment a potential partner catches your eye, the ‘game’s’ afoot.

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Welcome To The Jungle …of 3PL

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word ‘logistics’ as, “The detailed organization and implementation of a complex operation.” Now I think you can agree that the ‘organisation’ of any ‘complex operation’ has its fair share of challenges but then to have to implement it that’s another story.

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Academy Awards vs Industry Awards - Spot the Difference

The Academy Awards, known internationally as ‘The Oscars’, is a set of twenty-four gold plated statuettes, awarded for ‘artistic and technical merit’ on behalf of the American film industry.

They have become without doubt the world’s most established and well known awards ceremony being watched by millions of people every year. With the red carpet packed with ‘A-List’ celebrities posing for photographs, mingling with fellow nominees and discussing ‘who they’re wearing’ with the worlds press, it’s an extremely exciting evening. With the accolades spanning from ‘Best Sound Mixing’ to ‘Best Actor / Actress’ the 34cm tall statues are revered and coveted by all involved.

Culina Logistics Milton Keynes Receive FTAvision Compliance Award

The team at Culina Logistics Milton Keynes have been awarded the FTAvision Compliance Award for the third year running.

The FTAvision Compliance Award is presented to the Culina site that has, over a complete calendar year, kept their EU driver’s hours and working time rule infringements to a minimum when matched against other Culina sites.

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.