Waitrose has signed a new three-year logistics contract with Wincanton to manage its wines and spirits.
The logistics provider will manage the distribution of around 12.5 million cases of wine and spirits to Waitrose’s network of supermarkets, convenience stores and service stations.
Waitrose said Wincanton’s expertise in bonded storage, in which dutiable goods can be stored without paying duty, was crucial to the decision to renew the contract.
A Waitrose & Partners spokesperson said: “We have a long-standing relationship with Wincanton. Over the many years we have worked together, Wincanton has proven itself to be flexible and responsive in support of category growth.
“We see Wincanton as a trusted provider that will help Waitrose to build on its position within the UK grocery market.”
James Hurrell, director of Grocery at Wincanton, said: “Extending our long-standing and much valued relationship with Waitrose demonstrates our strength and expertise in grocery logistics.
“Wincanton prides itself on its excellent level of service, innovation and commitment to continuous improvement, and this contract extension is evidence of success in what we do every day.
“We are proud to have worked with Waitrose & Partners for more than 20 years, and we look forward to building upon our solid partnership based on collaborative working, flexibility and trust.”