Müller Milk & Ingredients (MMI), Britain’s largest producer of branded and private label fresh and flavoured milk, cream, butter and dairy ingredients, is to review its network of dairies as part of its £100m Project Darwin programme, and enter a logistics partnership with Müller Group sister company Culina Group.
The business will commence a 45 day statutory collective consultation process to assess current and future utilisation and capacity requirements at its network of six dairies. MMI has also confirmed that it intends to operate in a business partnership with Culina Group, the market leading chilled distribution and transport specialist owned by parent company Theo Müller, to optimise its cost base while maintaining customer service levels.
Culina Group will assume day to day management control of MMI Distribution from June 1, 2019. All 2,500 employees working in this area will remain part of Müller UK & Ireland.
Ian Smith of Culina Group will be responsible for MMI Distribution and all the current MMI logistics leadership team will work with him accordingly. Reporting to Thomas Van Mourik, CEO Culina Group, Ian has extensive logistics leadership experience spanning 30 years having worked for leading UK logistics businesses including Exel, Tibbett & Britten and Nightfreight.
MMI Distribution will assume control from the point that vehicles have been loaded for delivery at MMI’s network of six dairies to the point that products are successfully delivered directly to customers or to our network of depots. Tanker operations bringing milk from farms to MMI’s dairies will continue to be managed by MMI, as before.