Drinks manufacturer Halewood International has signed a contract with PD Logistics, part of the PD Ports Group, to handle all imports of Tsingtao Beer from China.
Containers will be received into the Port of Felixstowe and unloaded into PD Logistics’ 500,000 sq ft on-site warehouse facility for bonded storage prior to onward dispatch.
In order to cope with the increased volume, PD Logistics has expanded its wet bond area from 80,000 sq ft to 165,000 sq ft, while also allowing for further expansion.
Tsingtao is the fifth fastest growing premium packaged larger in the world and the tenth-largest beer brand worldwide, according to statistics.
James Wright, sales controller at Halewood International, said: “With the Tsingtao agreement in place we needed to identify a partner, which was able to offer a large, bonded warehouse facility as close to the port as possible, which would enable us to maximise the efficiency of our supply chain.”
Jerry Hopkinson, managing director, bulks, ports and logistics for PD Ports, said: “In today’s economic climate, many companies are looking to drive down costs and the handling and storage of products at a port-based logistics centre. It is increasingly recognised as a cost effective and viable supply chain solution.”
Halewood International is based in Merseyside and manufactures and distributes drinks brands including Lambs Navy Rum, Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer and Red Square Vodka.