Dairy Crest has expanded its relationship with Gist, incorporating cream and flavoured milk into its existing milk supply chain operations for a major retailer.

By combining the cream and flavoured milk volumes with the existing milk logistics operations, Dairy Crest and Gist said they will save warehousing space and eliminate around 1,200 trips, or more than 300,000 lorry kms, per year.

Simon King, procurement director at Dairy Crest, said: "We are continually looking for ways in which we can improve our business. By reviewing our logistics operations with Gist, we have been able to reduce the use of warehouse space as well as reduce our carbon footprint."

Gist manages the temperature-controlled supply chain for Dairy Crest across the UK, including product storage and pick and pack distribution to retailer RDCs.

Martin Gwynn, chief executive at Gist, said:  "Our temperature-controlled logistics network is designed to create robust and value-added solutions for our customers. As the UK's leading dairy food business, Dairy Crest requires a high-standard logistics capability that we at Gist are very pleased to provide."