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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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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.

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.