JF Hillebrand selects Constellation and Concha y Toro

From: Image Line Communications
Published: Sun May 23 2010

Two wine producers, Constellation Wines of Australia and Concha y Toro from Chile, have been declared joint winners of JF Hillebrand’s annual Supply Chain Partner award.

Presented at the London International Wine Fair today, the award recognises companies which best work with JF Hillebrand, the UK’s leading logistics supplier to the wine and spirits industry, to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of delivering products to their UK and other European customers.

Constellation Wines, Australia's largest exporter of branded wine by volume, has been recognised for a variety of initiatives including introducing a different container load configuration for a Dutch supermarket group to suit its particular needs and increase loading by about 10%, and using detailed analysis of transport patterns to better anticipate customer demand.

For Concha y Toro, the other winner, one of the more noticeable improvements from working within the JF Hillebrand Supply Chain Management model has been delivery service levels of 100% over the last 12 months, improved from a previous performance which was less than 90%.

Rob Turvey, Managing Director, Supply Chain Management (SCM), JF Hillebrand, says: "Both companies demonstrated such a range of improvements and contributions to improving their supply chains to customers that the judges could not choose between them."

Paul Konar, Export Director, Viña Concha y Toro, thanked JF Hillebrand for recognizing the company’s efforts in making the consolidation centres in Chile an efficient tool for its customers in Europe. "Your recognition gives us a lot of motivation to keep improving our service standards."

Simon Williams, VP Supply Chain, Constellation, says: "We are delighted to be joint winners of this year’s award. I think that the work that we have achieved together with Hillebrand this year will provide an opportunity for greater collaboration as we discover more about what we each can deliver to this partnership."

The winner can be any company within the SCM network of over 600 companies, including suppliers, retailers and agents. JF Hillebrand nominates a shortlist of finalists and each company completes a detailed assessment of its strategy, operations, communications and relationship with supply chain partners.

Trade lane finalists were:

Concha y Toro from Chile,
Bodega Norton from Argentina,
Louis Jadot from France,
Bidoli Vini from Italy,
Bodegas Chivite from Iberia,
Constellation Wines from Australia,
Yealands Estate Wines Ltd from New Zealand
Distell from South Africa

Mr Turvey says that both winners embraced and practiced true supply chain collaboration. "This brought them close to their customers, so they better understand their needs and how to adapt the supply chain to fit and meet such demands and needs."

JF Hillebrand’s Supply Chain Management model centres around establishing a clear partnership arrangement between the importer, JF Hillebrand and suppliers. Comprehensive business intelligence, such as shop demand, stock, open purchase orders, forecast data and replenishment planning is shared on a greater level than ever before. "The results of which manifest themselves in tangible benefits for all stakeholders within the supply chain," says Mr Turvey.




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About JF Hillebrand: With a global network headquartered in Mainz Germany, JF Hillebrand employs 1500 people in 45 offices around the world. The company reported a throughput of over 225,000 containers in 2008 - equating to almost 950 million cases of wine.

Since 1844, we have dedicated ourselves to the efficient and cost-effective logistics of wines, spirits and beers. As well as offering first class logistics services, we also lead the way in the development of innovative products, services and IT tools to the global beverage industry. JF Hillebrand was voted "Best Logistics Company" in the 2008 Drinks Business Awards. For additional information, please refer to our website:


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