Kerry Logistics Network Limited (‘Kerry Logistics’ or the ‘Company’; Stock Code 636.HK) has appointed Claire Trench as Head of Food and Beverage (F&B), based at its Glasgow, Scotland office in the United Kingdom.
Trench has over 17 years’ experience in forwarding, most recently in senior management positions working with leading brands in the beers, wines, and spirits industry.
In her new role, she will support brands looking to export to the rapidly developing F&B market in Greater China, where Kerry Logistics offers complete cold chain logistics solutions, F&B trading, and production services.
“Claire brings with her a wealth of knowledge and expertise – commercially and operationally – on both exports and imports,” said Emma Rowlands, Sales Director of Kerry Logistics (UK).
“We look forward to developing this division and welcome the opportunity for growth from both new and existing customers in the near future.”
Trench will collaborate closely with the F&B teams in Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan, meeting customers’ requirements by providing complete cold chain solutions to ensure that all products stay at their optimum temperature along the supply chains.
Kerry Logistics’ cold chain solutions include sophisticated inventory management and multi-temperature warehousing and distribution solutions, ranging from deep frozen(25°C), frozen (-18°C) to chilled (0°C to 4°C) to air-conditioned (18°C to 22°C) and ambient (>25°C). Its professional fleet of trucks supports just-in-time delivery, continuous replenishment to restaurant and retail chains and home delivery.
“The Chinese F&B market represents a growing opportunity for Western brands, but the barriers to entry, from complex Customs regulations, to the sheer geographical diversity and size of the country mean that finding a partner with local knowledge is essential,” said Trench.
“Kerry Logistics has the local expertise and infrastructure in Greater China and the ASEAN region to offer customers end-to-end supply chain solutions for the region, from understanding regulations, to cold chain solutions and inventory management.
“I am looking forward to working with customers to help them make the most of the opportunities in the world’s largest F&B retail market”.
Kerry Logistics recently launched its own China-Europe Less than Container Load (LCL) rail service, offering 21-day journey times from Duisburg, Germany to Ningbo, China and enhancing its existing Full Container Load (FCL) and LCL services