CUB chooses BevChain for East Coast logistics

Carlton & United Breweries (CUB), the brewer of some of Australia’s most iconic and loved drinks, has appointed BevChain to provide warehousing and metropolitan delivery services across its East Coast operations.

The stand-alone network will see BevChain operate CUB’s own warehousing facilities and provide route delivery services for CUB’s pack and keg requirements at Truganina in Victoria, Rosehill in New South Wales, and Heathwood in Queensland, as well as metropolitan keg delivery services from Abbotsford in Victoria.

“We’re delighted that CUB has recognised the benefit of the specialist beverage solution put forward by the BevChain team. This has been a strong opportunity to back our investment in BevChain and it’s consistent with our strategy to match our specialist industry expertise with our customers’ market requirements,” said Linfox CEO, Mark Mazurek.

“CUB is pleased to announce that Linfox subsidiary BevChain has been appointed as our warehousing and metropolitan delivery services partner. This agreement extends our relationship to more than 50 years,” said Jan Craps, CEO Carlton & United Breweries.

“BevChain are the leaders in beverage supply chain solutions, and CUB is excited to be partnering with them to support our supply chain and ensure that we’re delivering the freshest beer to Australians, wherever they might be.”

“It’s a great news story for our business, and gives us tremendous encouragement that we’re doing the right things, and doing them well. CUB and Linfox have a deep history extending back to 1968, so we appreciate the importance of the relationship to the group, and we’re excited about taking up the mantle,” said Bob Kennedy, BevChain General Manager.

Transition planning is underway, and BevChain will commence services at each site as existing arrangements expire.

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Notes to editor

BevChain commenced operations in 2006 as a specialist logistics provider for the alcohol industry, and has since grown to be an industry solution in the broader beverage marketplace.

BevChain are the leaders in beverage supply chain solutions calling on 25,000 delivery points nationally.  BevChain provides logistics solutions to more than 25 customers across Australia and New Zealand, covering the full spectrum of beverage categories, from craft beers and ciders, mainstream beer, wine and spirits, right through to energy drinks, soft drinks and water.

BevChain is a Linfox company.

 For more information contact:

Josh Morris +61 400 385 653 / josh.morris@bevchain.com / www.bevchain.com.au

Beverage logistics specialist BevChain arrives in New Zealand

Following Linfox’s full acquisition of BevChain in 2017, BevChain has commenced service to Lion New Zealand at The Pride Brewery in Auckland.

BevChain commenced operations in 2006 and is a specialist distribution and warehousing company for the beverage industry. Initially developed as a dedicated logistics provider for Lion's beer, wine and spirits business it grew to be an industry solution in the competitive beverage marketplace.

Linfox CEO, Mark Mazurek says, “BevChain is Linfox’s dedicated beverage supply chain solution provider. This extension into New Zealand is an essential part of our strategy to match our specialist industry expertise with our customers’ market requirements.”

BevChain now provides logistics solutions to more than 25 customers across Australia, including both Woolworths Liquor and Coles Liquor, covering the full spectrum of beverage categories, from craft beers and ciders, mainstream beer, wine and spirits, right through to energy drinks, soft drinks and water.

Misha Shliapnikoff, Logistics Director for Lion, says, “Lion has partnered with BevChain in the Australian market with great success. BevChain has demonstrated a high standard of operational capability - they really understand beverage, and they share our passion for excellence in customer experience. Consistent with our programs to align our Australian and New Zealand supply chains, it’s the right time to get BevChain involved at our flagship brewery in New Zealand,” he explains.

Transition plans are well underway and are expected to be finalised by June 30.

The Pride Brewery warehouse is BevChain’s first operation in the New Zealand market and Tim Fraser, Group Manager – Customer Engagement & Development, plans to explore other opportunities for the business in New Zealand. “It’s an untapped market for us, and we’re keen to demonstrate the value we can add to the local drinks industry.”

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For more information contact:

Josh Morris +61 400 385 653

www.bevchain.com.au.

 

Linfox secures full pint, acquiring sole ownership of BevChain 

Linfox secures full pint, acquiring sole ownership of BevChain

4 September 2017

Linfox has acquired full ownership of BevChain after purchasing 50 per cent of the company from Lion.

This strategic acquisition will provide Linfox with a direct inroad to the multi-billion dollar beverage industry and will enable the business to meet the needs of a wide range of customers in the alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage sector.

“BevChain began in 2006 to provide a specialised service to the alcoholic beverage industry. We plan to grow the business further by expanding into new sectors within the broader beverage industry,” said Linfox CEO Annette Carey.

“The acquisition is aligned to Linfox’s growth strategy and we will continue to invest in sectors where we see an opportunity for growth.”

Since 2011, BevChain has doubled in size generating $250 million dollars in revenue in FY17.

Under sole Linfox ownership, BevChain will maintain its commitment to outstanding customer service by leveraging Linfox’s scale, expertise and logistics capabilities.

BevChain will continue to operate as a separate entity to enable its focus on the specialised beverage market.

In exiting the joint venture, Lion will continue to focus on its core beer business. Linfox and Lion will continue their successful partnership, with BevChain providing ongoing warehousing and distribution services for Lion’s Australian beer business.

BevChain services major brands in the specialised liquor, beer, wine and energy drink categories, including many leading Australian and international brands.

Linfox has been providing logistics solutions to the beverage industry for more than 60 years, when a 16-year-old Lindsay Fox began delivering soft drinks in Melbourne during summer.

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Interview opportunities: Linfox CEO, Annette Carey

For more information, contact:

Communications Manager, Lauren Metcalfe 

M: +61 438 057 769

Lauren_metcalfe@linfox.com

Notes to editors:

Images available from:

www.bevchain.com.au

or on request

Brown Brothers Re-Sign with BevChain

I am pleased to announce that Brown Brothers have extended their agreement with BevChain for a further 3 years.

We all know Brown Brothers well – they’ve been with us from day one, which makes this renewal even more special. It’s a testament to the service we’ve provided over that duration, and the relationships we’ve built over the years with the Brown Brothers team that they have chosen to stick with the Tangerine Team.

All businesses change and evolve over a ten year period, and Brown Brothers is no exception. They have their own challenges in a very competitive wine industry, which puts a spotlight on all major costs within their business. It’s very satisfying that they continue to see value in the BevChain relationship, and more importantly, they have a great deal of trust in our ability to continue to support them on their journey, which, by the way, has been going since 1889!

Well done team.

Josh Morris - Group Manager – Customer, Strategy & Transformation

First Drinks report reveals Polarisation

First Drinks report reveals Polarisation

The annual spirits and Champagne report carried out by William Grant & Sons UK – formerly known as First Drinks – revealed current consumer trends and how shopper habits are changing as the country emerges from recession.

Speaking on the research, Keogh said:  “The market is more polarised than ever and it is premium brands which can really take advantage of this trend.  Value can mean many things from functional benefits to packaging and personality”.