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Rhys Davies helps Barens break into UK

07 April 2010

Rhys Davies Freight Logistics has been helping Barens Chocolate break into the British market by distributing its product throughout the UK from Rhys Davies’ warehouse

Barens Chocolate, based in Switzerland, turned to Rhys Davies after the company decided to expand its market reach to tackle the UK market. Rhys Davies’ recent British Retail Consortium (BRC) accreditation for its storage and distribution services for ambient food and food ingredients, consumer products and packaging meant the company was the perfect choice for Barens Chocolate.

Rhys Davies provides Barens with a full cycle service from customs clearance to distribution. The chocolate is stored at its Haydock warehouse, giving Barens a British-based warehouse for its products, as well as distributing it to its UK-based customers using tail lift trucks, allowing Barens to offer overnight delivery across the UK.

Ilya Medvedenko, who is Director of Barens Eurotrade and responsible for the company’s development within the UK and EU market explained, “As soon as we have an order Rhys Davies pack the products on to a lorry and distribute it to the customer’s warehouse. Our customers are large national and small regional wholesaler companies who then resell into the shops.”

Ilya said that he had the option of ten different logistics companies however he chose Rhys Davies over their competitors. “Rhys Davies had a better understanding of what we needed as a UK start-up company. Their proposal offered us better flexibility in warehouse spaces and their prices were very reasonable.”

Mark Richmond, Managing Director of Rhys Davies said that for European companies trying to break into the UK market the logistics of it all can be very complicated. “We offered Barens Chocolate a service that would make this transition smooth and easy for them. They have enough to think about, without having to worry about deliveries and storage, that’s our job.”

Ilya has been particularly impressed with Rhys Davies’ capacity to deal with any problems that may arise. He said, “Their response time is very quick, if any issues arise Mark and his staff seem to be able to come up with solutions very easily. I know I can rely on them completely and that our products will always be delivered on time and with care.”

Rhys Davies Freight Logistics is a national network employing 400 staff, operating 170 vehicles through eight operating centres throughout the UK. It offers a uniquely tailored warehousing, distribution and handling service that extends to much more than just transport. These services include: re-working, re-packing, quality control, auditing and across-the-threshold deliveries to businesses and private residencies.


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