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Now at Thirty – Culina Group is in the top three!

Now at Thirty – Culina Group is in the top three!

Now in its 30th year in business, the growth of the Culina Group of Companies is a fantastic logistics success story. 

Aside from the Royal Mail and global player DHL Supply Chain, Culina Group is now the biggest logistics company in the UK. 

Still a private company under the ultimate ownership of the Muller family, it’s a business that now turns over more than £2.2 billion per year, employs over 22,000 people, operates over 20 million square feet of warehousing and a fleet of over 5,000 vehicles and 9,000 trailers. 

Founded in 1994 by Group CEO Thomas Van Mourik, the group has seen huge expansion since its inception as a business originally established solely to provide UK wide distribution services for Muller Dairies. 

The Culina Group originated with a commitment to delivering efficient high quality logistics solutions focused on the food and drink sector in the United Kingdom, to meet the evolving needs of its clients. 

“Culina has seen substantial growth, expanding both services and geographical reach”, said Thomas Van Mourik, 

“With a focus on tailoring solutions to meet the specific needs of each client, irrespective of their size, Culina invests in technology to enhance visibility, accuracy and operational efficiency.” 

“Furthermore, we implement green initiatives, including energy-efficient warehouses and eco-friendly transportation solutions, and maintain the highest standards through rigorous quality control measures.”

The Culina Group is now neatly split into three business sectors, with associated business unit brands collectively forming each comprehensive and diversified portfolio of logistics services. 

From temperature-controlled solutions to ambient logistics and industrial support services, the Culina Group remains committed to delivering tailored and efficient logistics solutions across a broad spectrum of industries.

Chilled 3PL Solutions

CULINA LOGISTICS — As a cornerstone brand, Culina Logistics focuses on providing integrated supply chain solutions for food and drink products that require strict refrigerated temperatures.

FOWLER WELCH — Specialising in Fresh Produce Logistics Solutions, Fowler Welch is a key player in the Chilled 3PL sector. Fowler Welch excels in providing time critical solutions for growers, retailers and manufacturers.

CML — Integrated supply chain solutions are provided to discount retailers by CML for food and drink products that require strict refrigerated temperatures.

MMi – MMi is a partnership within which Culina Group manages the distribution operation for Muller Milk & Ingredients.

Ambient 3PL Solutions

STOBART — A versatile operator within the Ambient 3PL sector, Stobart provides transport and logistics to well-known brands across core consumer and retail sectors. 

A broad spectrum of logistics services are provided from warehousing to distribution.

GREAT BEAR — Well known for its expertise in ambient temperature logistics, Great Bear focuses on delivering innovative and scalable supply chain solutions. 

The highly-established brand serves a diverse range of FMCG clients with precision and reliability. 

WARRENS — Warrens specialises in providing Baked Goods transport and warehouse services tailored to the unique needs of clients. 

A commitment to flexibility and adaptability sets it apart.

THE PALLET NETWORK (TPN) — A UK Pallet Network of 117 member hauliers. TPN provides cross dock services through a purpose design and built 600,000+ sq ft central facility at Swadlincote and a regional facility at Preston. 

TPN enables the efficient movement of ambient goods through a collaborative and interconnected network of logistics providers.

STOBART EUROPE — With a focus on international logistics, Stobart Europe extends the Culina Group’s reach beyond the UK. 

Automotive and General Cargo Specialists, they provide Pan European and Cross Channel Services. This business provides comprehensive logistics solutions across European markets, leveraging strategic partnerships and a robust infrastructure. 

Sub division “Eventor” specialises in high-end comprehensive specialist tailored national and international logistics solutions to the Motorsport, Events and the Nuclear Sector.

INTERNATIONAL ROAD FERRY — Specialists in unaccompanied transport between Great Britain, The Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. 

International Road Ferry works with 140 subcontractors across the UK and internationally, and handle over 30,000 full loads per year.

Logistics Sector Industrial Support Services

iFORCE — Specialists in e-commerce logistics, providing
end-to-end solutions for online retailers, iForce focuses on optimising the e-commerce supply chain, from order fulfilment to returns management with its own unique in-house technology structure.

IPS — Solutions provided by IPS cover a range of industries, supporting clients in meeting their supply chain and fulfilment objectives. Services include — Co-Packing, Co-Filling, and Co-Manufacturing Solutions. Through 200 Packing Lines, 500 million Units and 100 million cases are produced yearly.

THE LOGISTICS PEOPLE — Staffing solutions for the logistics sector, addressing workforce needs through recruitment and workforce management services. Logistics People specialises in the recruitment of drivers, warehousing, security and cleaning staff.

CULINA ASSET MANAGEMENT — Management and optimisation of Culina Group assets. Culina Asset Management ensures efficient utilisation of resources to enhance overall operational performance. This involves procurement and disposal of all Group trucks, trailers and MHE, and management of over 15,000 Culina Group Assets.

The Culina Group’s growth in the 3PL logistics industry reflects its commitment to excellence, innovation and client satisfaction. 

“Our Group commitment to technological advancement is highlighted by our investments in the development of artificial intelligence, data analytics and automation,” said Thomas. 

“These technologies are improving efficiency and accuracy across all our logistics operations. Quality assurance is a key focus for us as a business, with stringent standards and continuous improvement processes implemented throughout each supply chain. Client partnerships are cultivated and maintained through customised logistics solutions, fostering long term, indeed often very long term, relationships.”

Culina Group is well positioned for sustained consistent growth over the next decade and beyond.