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Ryvita takes on Bibby Distribution

By: David Howells
01 November 2011

Bibby Distribution has secured a transport contract with health food manufacturer Ryvita, logisticsmanager.com reports.

Under the terms of the new contract, Bibby will handle Ryvita's transport operation using a shared vehicle fleet from its 140,000 square foot hub in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire.

Exact details on the contract's cost or length of term has not been released, though it is expected that with Bibby being a relatively small distributor, it will be looking at logistics recruitment to help with the increased workload.

The contract also stretches to Ryvita's sister company Jordans, following the acquisition of Taygroup in May 2010. The takeover brought with it UK warehousing and transport for the cereal brand, though the baton has now been passed to Bibby, in a transition seen by head of supply chain for the Jordans & Ryvita company, Paul Jaggard, as "seamless".

Speaking to hgvuk.com of the contract, Jaggard enthused: "Bibby has taken the time and effort to ensure it fully understands our business priorities and strategic direction.

"The baton was passed seamlessly between Taygroup and Bibby and this has ultimately given us the confidence to develop the relationship further. Since the merger of the Jordans and Ryvita brands, the demands we make of suppliers that will face these requirements head-on and work alongside us to achieve further operational improvements."

Jaggard added that the deal was reached because Bibby had the infrastructure of a large business but with the customer relations of a much smaller one.

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