Since 1844 JF Hillebrand dedicated their expertise exclusively to the logistics of wine, spirits, and beer. You will find us in every major wine, beer and spirit export and import wine country in the world. Today more than 1200 professionals in 43 offices all over the world put that experience to work for our clients, by taking care of the smooth flow of beverages day after day.

The Hillebrand Group operates a global portfolio of specialist logistics companies, across a range of industry sectors. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, the Hillebrand Group’s companies are present in 78 countries around the world.

Trans Ocean

Trans Ocean


Constellation endorse Trans Ocean flexitanks for bulk wine - 09 Aug 2010

Trans Ocean, Hillebrand Group subsidiary and global leader in wine bulk liquid logistics, is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a new contract to handle all wine imports into Constellation Europe's UK facility - the largest of its kind in Europe.

Building upon our existing working relationship, this new contract is a major step forward to take advantage of the considerable supply chain savings and environmental benefits that Trans Ocean can provide.

Trans Ocean will manage both bulk and cased wine movements from Europe and the New World into the Constellation Park, Avonmouth, with the majority moving by rail from various UK ports.

Both Constellation and Trans Ocean are dedicated to reducing carbon emissions. The new services will utilize a dedicated rail connection to transport containers from South/East UK Ports to Bristol, eliminating over one million road miles in removing thousands of truck journeys from already congested roads. 

With 24/7 secure terminal operations, the rail service ensures an efficient, streamlined supply chain to Constellation Park, eliminating potential demurrage costs and allowing Constellation to utilize faster shipping services into ports which connect to the rail network.

A three-year contract, signed between Freightliner subsidiary Logico and Trans Ocean, initially involves seven trains a week from the South East ports. These are the first services operated on these routes for Trans Ocean and can carry an equivalent of 8.96 million bottles each week into the Constellation facility via our VinBulk flexitanks.

Trans Ocean, as part of the total supply chain solution is also providing Constellation with two mechanical Mobicon straddle carriers to simplify bulk container handling at Constellation Park. The straddle carriers will be used to move containers from chassis on arrival to the holding area and discharge points with Constellation Park. 

Tom Yusef, Executive Board member of the Hillebrand Group said: "We are delighted that Constellation, one of the largest premium drinks companies in the world, have the confidence in the quality and value of our services and solutions to their business, to make this level of commitment." 

Simon Williams, Senior Vice President Supply Chain, Constellation Wines Australia and Europe said "The new initiatives enable us to both streamline our supply chain operations and reduce carbon emissions. As such, we are extremely happy to endorse and implement the innovative initiatives that Trans Ocean will provide".  

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