HAMPSHIRE freight forwarding company, Regional Express, has won a long-term contract to send food for 17,000 UN troops in Africa.
Online PR News – 08-February-2013 – Hampshire – Hampshire, UK, February 08, 2013 -- HAMPSHIRE freight forwarding company, Regional Express, has won a long-term contract to send food for 17,000 UN troops in Africa.
It has been awarded by Vestey Foods of Petersfield and will be on going for several years
“It is our biggest single contract and a great boost for us in our first year of trading,” said Regional Express managing director, Eric Buggy.
The aid is being transported by sea and air to Mombasa in Kenya and then onwards to troubled Somalia by a major international aid agency.
The foodstuffs moved so far by Regional Express include:
40 tonnes of ice cream
100 tonnes of beef stew
20 tonnes of yoghurt
45 tonnes of frozen chicken and turkey
120 tonnes of fruit juice
26 tonnes of salt
374,000 chicken eggs
Around 40 per cent of the food is transported from the UK to Africa and the rest from other countries such as Turkey, the Netherlands and Poland in what is called cross trading.
“We move most of the aid by sea but we send it by air if there’s more urgency,”
said Eric, who established Regional Express with his business partner, sales director, Geoff Evans.
The company began trading in May from the Basepoint Business Park at Romsey and expects turnover in excess of £900,000 in its first year.
“To start up in a recession and get that kind of result in the first 12 months is not bad going,” said Eric.
A spokesman for Vestey Foods said:
“We chose Regional Express because we know we can trust them 100 per cent. They always do what they promise and then more. They are an excellent partner in what is a hugely important international contract.”
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