Following the acquisition of Matthew Clark and Bibendum in 2018, drinks distribution and transport have become an increased portion of the Group’s overall carbon footprint. The Group now has an internal transport fleet of approximately 320 vehicles in the UK & Ireland, carrying out over 1 million customers deliveries per year. Accordingly, the impact of transportation activities requires increased focus and collaboration with suppliers & customers.
The Group’s sustainable transport initiative has two overall areas of focus:
1. Reduce the total number of deliveries and total miles covered to reduce emissions and ensure that the product miles for C&C products are as low as possible with the minimum impact on the environment. This is achieved through a number of activities executed by our logistics teams to optimise transport efficiency including:
- The direct delivery of orders from manufacturing sites to customer premises. In FY2019, 66% of deliveries from Clonmel to UK customers went directly from the site, thus eliminating the need for secondary loads.
- Collaboration with customers including Tesco & ASDA to utilise their primary transport for the collection of orders deliveries from Wellpark Brewery.
- Collaboration with raw material & third part drinks suppliers to ensure vehicles delivering to C&C operational sites are backloaded with outbound customer deliveries, thus reducing empty running and unnecessary mileage.
- In our secondary networks, transport planning software & telematics technology, provided by Microlise, is utilised to ensure route planning is optimised, delivering fleet efficiency and reduced emissions.
- The logistics teams are continuously monitoring & targeting vehicle loadfill on customer deliveries. FY2019 saw a 1.4% year-on-year improvement in loadfill on deliveries to Scottish retail customers.
2. Ensuring the Group is utilising the most efficient vehicles available for both its inbound & outbound distribution.
- All new vehicles leased or purchased must meet the EURO 6 standard of emissions of NOx and other pollutants.
- All transport suppliers contracted to deliver for the Group must demonstrate that they are utilising the most efficient vehicles.
- The Group is currently evaluating the possibility of wider utilisation of electric vehicles for deliveries in urban areas which large vehicles find difficult to access. While the weight of deliveries present a challenge for heavy goods vehicles, the technology in this area is progressing rapidly and we are engaged with our transport fleet partners, Ryder. An electric-powered van fleet is currently being utilised for small-volume deliveries of Dublin craft beer, Five Lamps to city centre outlets. We expect to expand in this area over the next two years across all geographic footprints.
Matthew Clark & Bibendum
As part of overall commitment to sustainability in the food & Beverage sector, Matthew Clark is the headline sponsor of the Inaugural Food & Beverage Sustainability awards. This event is aimed at sharing best practice and recognising outstanding industry achievement in support of sustainability.
The ‘Bibendum Vivid Charter’ promotes sustainable supply chain practices, aiming to reduce our environmental impact. The sourcing team regularly audit our producers’ sustainable practices in the vineyard and winery, as well as reviewing how we package, ship and transport wine.
Over 18% of our wine is bottled in the UK, helping product miles, and also using a lightweight 356g bottle with an average recycled content of 85% for green glass and 35% for clear glass.
Bibendum has been awarded an ISO 140001 certification for office maintenance, one of the only businesses in the drinks industry to achieve this.