Nestlé Professional® has collaborated with leading foodservice distributor, Brakes Group, and announced a plan to save a massive 82,000 road miles over the next 12 months.

In support of the food industry sustainability strategy, starting on 9th May 2011, this latest scheme to reduce transport miles marks an important step forward in both companies’ ongoing commitment to minimising their impact on the environment.

The initiative is two-fold and sees the two major hospitality brands join forces across regional depot deliveries to cut out unnecessary and ‘empty’ journeys.

The Brakes Group fleet will, in essence, take responsibility for Nestlé Professional® deliveries through Brakes Group’s distribution centre at West Hallam. By reciprocal arrangement, Nestlé Professional® will take responsibility for moving products from Brakes Group’s distribution centre in West Hallam and replenish products destined for Leeds. This will cut out duplication and use vehicles efficiently.

Neil Stephens, Managing Director, Nestlé Professional® said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be working alongside Brakes Group in this initiative, which is a significant move for a number of reasons. We see it as a sign-post to the rest of the hospitality industry to encourage suppliers and operators to work together for the common good of the industry and the environment as a whole. We hope that other suppliers will follow suit, as not only is this right for the environment but there is a real benefit in a pure business sense – by using transport intelligently, we can all reduce cost and improve scale.”

Alison Townson for Brakes Group reinforced: “This is a significant move for both parties and one that points towards a change in our industry. It makes no sense, either commercially or environmentally, to have empty vehicles crossing the country and we believe this is the start of a much broader approach that we would welcome across the industry.”

The reduction in transport miles will be verified by the IGD at the end of 2011.

Both Nestlé Professional® and Brakes Group believe sustainable development is fundamental to their long term future.

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