Menzies Distribution has seen off competitors to win a five-year contract with Devon-based Burts Snacks, strengthening its position in the food transport sector.

The new deal, which runs seven days a week, will see Menzies deliver full loads to Burts’ two main supermarket customers, from two third-party warehouses, distribute full loads directly from the Leicester factory to a range of national customers, and collect full loads from Leicester to deliver to a third-party warehouse.

Menzies will also boost its fleet on a phased basis in order to service the contract which began this month. There is also an option to co-brand its vehicles with the Burt Snacks logo. In addition any spikes in demand will be handled by Menzies’ national 4,200-strong fleet.

Menzies already has an existing relationship with Burts Snacks, collecting products manufactured by the company on behalf of Propercorn.

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Andy Coxon, Menzies Distribution business development director, said: “We are delighted to have been selected by Burts Snacks as a supply chain partner as they continue to grow their business.

“This important new collaboration underlines our credentials as a go-to supply chain partner in the food sector, whether a customer is a global corporation or a niche producer.

“Food manufacturers are central to our business and our wider ability to tailor logistics solutions to individual business needs. We have long established partnerships with several multinational and domestic food manufacturing and finished goods providers that serve the UK retail and non-retail sectors.

“Our particular specialisms in ingredients and packaging allow the fleet to deliver core products to manufacturers, as well as collecting finished goods. We are therefore able to develop cost-effective solutions that reduce site fleet movements and deliver environmental benefits.”

Dave McNulty, Burt Snacks MD, added: “Menzies demonstrated a clear understanding of our business’s operational requirements, as well as the potential to drive continuous improvement through new initiatives during the course of the contract. We look forward to a very successful new partnership.”