Clipper Logistics has won a UK storage and distribution contract with cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris.

The contract involves receiving inbound goods from Philip Morris factories, bonded warehousing and distribution of its cigarette brands, which include Marlboro and Benson & Hedges, across the UK. Clipper will take on responsibility for its products on a phased basis.

Clipper executive chairman Steve Parkin said: "Clipper's extensive expertise in the handling of tobacco products was a key factor in the awarding of this contract, as was our experience in designing and implementing bespoke high value logistics solutions.

"We are proud to work with such a well established name on this significant contract, which once again demonstrates our ability to offer innovative solutions to complex logistical challenges."

Jerry Margolis, sales director at Philip Morris, said: “It was clear to us that Clipper have the ability to meet our demanding requirements. It is vital that we provide a secure, reliable supply chain to our customers and Clipper's knowledge and experience made them our partner of choice. This is good news for our customers, who can expect a dependable and professional service."

Last week Clipper revealed a nearly a 30% increase in turnover in its non e-commerce logistics operation.