Frozen baked products company Vandemoortele has appointed Christian Salvesen to handle its frozen distribution in the UK.

The logistics company will manage the contract from its Nuneaton Distribution Centre, which will be operated on a shared-user basis. The distribution centre will manage daily collections from Vandemoortele’s Worcester factory and receive product from Vandemoortele’s continental manufacturing operations. Christian Salvesen will take full responsibility for the warehousing and distribution services throughout the UK.

Around 150 different product lines will be in stock at any one time, for distribution to various outlets, which include the retail, wholesale and foodservice sectors.

Paul Mohan, director of Christian Salvesen’s temperature-controlled business unit in the UK says: “We are delighted to have won this contract on the back of a very competitive tender process. This will mean Vandemoortele becomes an integral customer of the Nuneaton site achieving the benefits of shared user logistics.”

Roy Watson, supply chain manager of Vandemoortele UK adds: “Christian Salvesen was chosen on the basis of its cost-effectiveness, tracking and proof-of-delivery system. Location was also a key factor. Nuneaton is very convenient for our Worcester manufacturing base. We are looking forward to this partnership with them.”

On the continent, Vandemoortele manufactures at various plants in Belgium and France. The company’s products include frozen puff and Danish pastries, doughnuts, continental breads and many other bakery offerings. The group employs over 3,200 people in 12 European countries and boasts a turnover of E857m.

Mohan believes that Vandemoortele will benefit from the quality of service that his team provides: “I am confident that, through the transitional period and subsequent operation, the Nuneaton warehouse and transport teams will provide Vandemoortele with an excellent and sustainable service that will add value to their business.”