Downton confirms food sector contract wins

C M Downton has secured a series of new food industry contracts worth around £2 million a year.

The first is with leading organic produce company Pukka Herbs, with whom Downton has been working indirectly for over 18 months as part of the wider supply chain. 

Under the new contract, Downton will now be working directly with Pukka, moving 15-20 loads a week from Pukka’s packaging operation in Brockworth. The products will be stored at a dedicated warehouse at Downton’s Gloucester headquarters before being transported to retailers across the country.

Downton has also secured a new contract with salt manufacturer Ineos Enterprises Group Ltd, whose UK manufacturing site is located five miles from Downton’s flagship northern super-depot in Runcorn.  The deal has Downton handling the majority of the Ineos Salt Business’ part and full load transportation, moving up to 50 loads per week from their plant out to customers nationwide.

The third contract is with Kolak Snack Foods, one of the leading manufacturers of crisps and snack products. Downton is now handling the distribution of Kolak’s products to major retailer Aldi, transporting up to 50 loads per week from Kolak’s manufacturing plant in Park Royal to Aldi’s distribution centres in Chelmsford and Swindon.

Andy Downton, managing director of Downton, said: “2015 has been a very successful year for us.  We’ve retained a number of contracts with major customers and added some very promising new accounts to our portfolio.  With significant investment also going into our fleet and depot network, we’re in a very strong place going into the Christmas period and on into 2016.”

The business wins follow a number of recent investments by Downton in its fleet and warehouse infrastructure to facilitate further growth. In September, Downton announced the purchase of new warehousing and office facilities to aid the expansion of its Gloucestershire operation.  This followed an investment earlier in the year of more than £13m in a new fleet of trucks and trailers and £2m in trailer tracking and traffic management systems.