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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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IPS Acquires FoodPack

IPS, the UK’s market leading co-packing business has announced an agreement to take over FoodPack Limited as from Monday 3rd December 2018. The terms of the agreement, including consideration, have not been disclosed.

IPS is already the market leader in co-packing and by acquiring FoodPack its expanded business is significantly extending the company’s overall service offering. FoodPack operates from an 80,000 sq. ft. facility and 9 acre site in St Helens Lancashire and employs over 150 staff. Turnover in 2018 is over £14 million.

‘Queens of the Road’ - Spotlight on Female HGV Drivers

Logistics is an area where equality is improving rapidly, especially in the crucial role of HGV Driver. As an industry that is in the midst of a nationwide driver shortage there has been no better time for more women to take the wheel and choose a career on the open road.

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Culina Logistics Win Major UK Operator Accolade

Culina Logistics won a major UK Operator Accolade recently, at the TCS&D Awards - the “Oscars” for the Chilled Logistics Sector.

Steve Winwood, Culina Logistics CEO was presented with the award for Temperature Controlled Storage Operator of the Year by FSDF Chief Executive – Chris Sturman.

Depot Profile – Culina Logistics Market Drayton

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The Culina Logistics depot at Market Drayton in Shropshire is home to Culina Group’s Head Office. The facility, which is home to 250 staff, was the very first Culina depot back in 1994 when the business was founded. The company’s first customer was Muller, who still share the site today. The 120,000 sq. ft. warehouse has a throughput of 10,000 pallets a week. That’s 1.7 million cases through its 16 loading bays.

Culina Group Acquires Robsons (of Spalding)

Culina Group has announced the acquisition of Robsons (of Spalding) as from Monday 2nd July 2018. The terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

The acquisition is a logical next step for both businesses and it made strong commercial sense for Culina Group to bring Robsons (of Spalding) into the family.

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Is There a Cure for the Driver Shortage?

The logistics industry is facing a driver shortage of between 45,000 – 50,000 workers and if something isn’t done the deficit will only increase. Currently, 2% of employed drivers are under 25 and with the average age of a HGV driver in Britain being 55 there just aren’t enough qualified people filling the holes left by those retiring. Also, only 1% of HGV drivers are female! Which in my opinion is a number that needs industry-wide encouragement to increase. But what is the solution to these issues?

Culina drivers win national recognition with Microlise award for Driver Excellence

Culina Group won national recognition recently in the Microlise Driver of the Year Awards at the Ricoh Arena Coventry.

The Microlise Awards each year recognise the UK’s most talented HGV drivers, acknowledge the vital work they do, and the professionalism with which they carry out their work.

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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.