Wincanton extends contract with LRS


Wincanton has secured a contract extension to provide supply chain services for Lucozade Ribena Suntory (LRS). This agreement sees the contract extended until 2023, meaning the association of the two brands will have been ongoing for 25 years.

The contract involves the management of two semi-automated sites; the LRS National Distribution Centre in Gloucestershire, and the other site in Middlewich, where goods are held for UK distribution and export. Wincanton is the sole supplier of warehousing services to LRS in the UK and is also the LRS transport provider of choice, providing all aspects of the supply chain. It also maintains stock of production materials for the factory in the Forest of Dean. The warehouses handle about 220 finished product lines, a mix of bottles, cans, and tetra cartons.

Wincanton and LRS are working together to reduce the carbon footprint of their operations. They have begun testing electric trucks, whilst upgrading the fleet with Euro 6 standard vehicles, converting warehouse and offices to LED lighting technology as well as investing £1m in new forklift trucks with more efficient charging technology that should reduce energy consumption by up to 12%.

Ian Keilty, Managing Director, Retail and Consumer at Wincanton, commented, “We are proud of our longstanding relationship with Lucozade Ribena Suntory and are delighted to have formalised this with an extension to our existing warehousing contract. We function very much as a partnership, driving operational excellence to help Lucozade Ribena Suntory deliver their vision for the future.”

Source: Wincanton