Corby firm takes on 100 workers

Bibby Distribution will manage the complete UK warehousing and distribution requirements for the Sarson's, Haywards and Branston brands, after securing a major contract with Japanese food manufacturer Mizkan.
Bibby Distribution will manage the complete UK warehousing and distribution requirements for the Sarson's, Haywards and Branston brands, after securing a major contract with Japanese food manufacturer Mizkan.

A Corby firm has taken on an additional 100 workers and opened a new warehouse and distribution centre after signing a major contract with a Japanese food manufacturer.

Bibby Distribution has secured a three-year contract with Mizkan, which acquired a series of famous UK products during 2012 and 2013, including Sarson’s vinegar, Haywards pickled vegetables and Branston pickle, from Premier Foods.

Bibby Distribution will manage the complete UK warehousing and distribution requirements for the Sarson’s, Haywards and Branston brands.

Corby was chosen as the best location between the different production points of the brands and their customers.

Paul Shanahan, managing director at Mizkan’s UK business, said: “Not only does Bibby enjoy a strong relationship with the top four UK food retailers, its bespoke IT platform can provide the transparency we need to run our business more efficiently.”

Bibby Distribution at Corby will begin delivering an estimated 114,000 pallets annually to retailers across the UK from July, with 15 new trucks and 25 trailers.

Mark Wilson, a divisional director at Bibby Distribution, said: “From the outset we’ve been able to wrap ourselves around Mizkan’s requirements to deliver a solution which has the flexibility to grow with them. It’s this approach and our proven ability in this sector that’s secured the contract. We look forward to helping them deliver these leading food brands into the marketplace.”

The Mizkan Group is a 210-year-old privately held international food manufacturer, based in Handa City, Japan. It is a leading vinegar and liquid condiments group with a portfolio that includes vinegar, cooking wines, dressings, pickles and table sauces. The Group has operating

The Mizkan Group is a 210 year old privately held international food manufacturer, based in Handa City, Japan. It is a leading vinegar and liquid condiments group with a portfolio that includes vinegar, cooking wines, dressings, pickles and table sauces. The Group operations in Japan, China, UK, USA, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong & Taiwan.

Bibby Distribution operates from 90 locations across the UK, employing a total of 2,500 people.