NFT Distribution, the UK’s leading partner to the chilled food and drink sector, has signed a five-year contract renewal with CHEP, the world’s leading provider of pallet and container pooling solutions, for managed pallets in the UK and Ireland.

Rod-Francis,-CHEP-UK-and-Ireland[7]The new deal will see CHEP supply around 1.1 million of its industry standard B1210A pallets every year into the NFT Distribution network by next summer. The pallets will supply NFT Distribution’s existing shared user warehouse in Daventry, Northamptonshire, along with other NFT customers, helping to deliver multiple products to the UK and Ireland’s network of FMCG retailers as part of NFT expansion plans.

CHEP’s supply of pallets will also play a pivotal role in supporting NFT’s new handling and distribution centre located at the Port of Tilbury which is targeted to be open by late 2015. It will have capacity for 25,000 pallets within the 230,000 square feet facility and be able to handle a throughput in excess of 2.5 million cases per week.

The innovative temperaturecontrolled facility is strategically positioned to provide optimum inbound solutions for importers, regardless of the point of entry into the UK’s South East. As such, the facility represents significant investment for NFT Distribution, and is strategically very important to its expansion plans.

NFT Distribution MD, Andy De’Vere: “This port-centric extension to NFT’s offering and substantial expansion to its capacity will be a further step in defining its future development and growth as a key logistics provider in the global food industry. To achieve such an expansion, it’s crucial that we partner with organisations who share our vision. CHEP is the ideal partner for our future growth plans.”

CHEP UK & Ireland MD, Rod Francis: “This deal represents a natural progression for our partnership. There are strong synergies between our two organisations, and we’re delighted that NFT Distribution has placed its trust in CHEP to support its rapid expansion. I’m hopeful we can also progress with the transport collaboration opportunity to help drive down costs and carbon emissions.”