Fowler Welch Expands with Winterbotham

June 06, 2012 at 08:00

Ambient, chilled and FMCG supply-chain specialist, Fowler Welch, has secured a significant contract with Winterbotham Darby – the award-winning supplier of foods to the retail and foodservice markets.

The contract will a see Fowler Welch store, pick and despatch in excess of 5m cases per year through its strategically located facility at Paddock Wood,Kent. Product will be distributed to Winterbotham’s UK customer base, nationwide, with future opportunity for additional growth over the contract term.

The contract win will see the introduction of 14 new employees, all employed from the local area. It will also significantly reduce Winterbotham’s carbon footprint through the Fowler Welch Kent based operation.

It was the ability to provide a truly bespoke service that prompted Winterbotham Darby to select Fowler Welch, as Ian Render, Operations Manager at Winterbotham Darby, explains, “The Fowler Welch solution simply ticked all the boxes,” he said, “we run an intensive operation which places high demands on the supply chain. We were looking for a distribution partner who could meet, and surpass, our needs and Fowler Welch stepped up the plate. We have already built a great relationship with the whole Kent team at Fowler Welch which has enabled us to transition very smoothly from our previous provider”

Jonathan Lee, Business Development Manager at Fowler Welch, added, “We are delighted that Winterbotham Darby have chosen Fowler Welch to manage their chilled operations in addition to the ambient business we already manage. Their volume has consistently grown over recent years and we will continue to offer them competitive advantage”.