United Biscuits renews deal with pallet supplier, CHEP

Leading international biscuit manufacturer, United Biscuits) has signed a three-year contract renewal with CHEP for more than 3 million annual pallet movements in the UK, France and Benelux.

CHEP has been supplying United Biscuits (UB) with pallets since the 1970s and is the company’s principal supplier, something the firm puts down to its managed pallet pooling system and the flexibility of its service offering.

CHEP Pallets
The three-year contract renewal regards more than 3 million pallet movements annually.

UB’s baking heritage goes back generations, with many recipes passed down since the 1800s. The Company operates 16 manufacturing facilities worldwide, of which seven are in the UK.

With more than 7,000 employees in three business divisions, UB brands are sold in over 130 countries.

Its head of distribution, Rob Wright commented: “Our partnership with CHEP has been key in meeting the needs of our customers. It is a Company with a broad European network that is fully aligned with our logistics strategy and growth plans.

“CHEP is able to provide pallets of the quality and quantity that we need, when we need them”.

CHEP’s sustainable business model is also reportedly a key factor in the manufacturer’s decision to extend the supplier partnership. CHEP offers an environmentally friendly business model, driven by the continuous repair and reuse of pooled pallets.

It is an important advantage that UB really value and the company is counting on CHEP to help them meet their own CO2 emissions reduction targets.

CHEP vice president for Europe, key account, Jorge Montano added: “The sustainability targets and achievements of United Biscuits are commendable and very similar to our own.

“We are proud to have a role in their Sustainability Programme and we are looking to keep them engaged on the CHEP Carbon Neutral Pallet Programme, which will help reduce their impact on the environment even further through the purchase of carbon credits to finance carbon emission-reduction projects around the world”.