Trans Ocean lands Constellation deal

06 August, 2010

The Trans Ocean subsidiary of wine logistics specialist Hillebrand has won a contract to handle all wine imports for Constellation Europe’s UK facility.

The deal covers both bulk and cased wine shipments from Europe and the New World to Constellation’s Avonmouth site, with the majority being moved by rail for UK ports.

Trans Ocean said use of rail would eliminate more than 1 million road miles currently covered by trucks.

Seven trains a week will carry around 9 million bottles of wine as part of a three-year contract.

Simon Williams, senior vice-president of the supply chain for Constellation, said: “The new initiatives enable us to both streamline our supply chain operations and reduce carbon emissions.”




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