Tetley distribution contract awarded to Norbert Dentressangle

Posted on 16 Feb 2012

Owner of tea maker Tetley, Tata Global Beverages, has awarded a three year contract to Norbert Dentressangle for the UK storage and distribution of Tetley teas.

One of the main factors in Tata’s decision to award the contract to Norbert Dentressangle was its ability to collaborate with other large fast moving consumer goods manufacturing customers – namely Kellogg’s and Kimberly-Clark.

Norbert Dentressangle is to relocate warehousing from the current Tetley warehouse at Newton Aycliffe to its own Merlin warehouse in Manchester, which will be shared with the existing occupant, Kellogg’s.

In addition to products from Tetley and Kellogg’s, Norbert Dentressangle’s Manchester warehouse will also consolidate products from Kimberly-Clark’s northern distribution centre in Chorley before delivering them to customers throughout the UK. Norbert Dentressangle has invested nearly £150,000 in new capacity at the Merlin warehouse, which will accommodate around 10,000 pallets of Tetley teabags.

The move will deliver greater efficiency, cost and environmental benefit to both Tata and Norbert Dentressangle.

Steve Eastham, vice-president of operations, EMEA for Tata Global Beverages said: “Norbert Dentressangle’s solution allows us to increase our delivery frequency and improve service to our customers.”

He added: “It also maximises utilisation of both warehouse space and transport, which will reduce road miles and fuel bills, helping to reduce the effect of increased costs both in the supply chain and elsewhere in the business, as well as supporting the sustainability agenda which is at the heart of Tata Group’s strategy.”

Norbert Dentressangle will also transport raw tea from Port of Tyne to Tata Global Beverages’ Eaglescliffe manufacturing plant in Stockton-on Tees.

The firm will operate around 14 shuttles every day to transport finished products from Eaglescliffe to Manchester. Each shuttle will carry roughly four million teabags, equating to 56 million teabags a day.