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.
Operating from Port Salford, a multimodal warehouse distribution centre to the west of Manchester accessible by road, canal and rail, General Mills currently routes 80% of its volume by canal. The company is responsible for a range of market-leading brands including Old El Paso, Green Giant, Betty Crocker and Nature Valley.
Since opening in April 2016, the site has acted as a central hub for General Mills’ ambient brands arriving by short sea freight from Europe. The company expects to save 600,000 road haulage miles each year whilst providing a “future proof” solution to market trends.
Steve Winwood, Culina Logistics CEO, said: “The CILT awards are always a great occasion and we’re very proud to have been recognised for our part in this venture. We’re looking at the long term with this cutting-edge facility. Port Salford really is taking a revolutionary approach to logistics in the UK and it is an exciting time for our whole team.”
General Mills UK & Ireland Supply Chain Director, Dave Howorth said: “Our distribution agreement with Culina Group reinforces our commitment as a company that is focussed finding solutions that are best for customers, consumers and the environment. We’re honoured to have received this award and thank the judges for selecting the Port Salford partnership.”
Port Salford offers water connectivity provided by the Manchester Ship Canal via Liverpool, is within 2 miles of both the M60 and M62 motorways and offers rail connectivity to the West Coast Mainline via Chat Moss, thereby avoiding Manchester Piccadilly.