Subcontractors working for drinks firm AB InBev UK have been dealt a blow after its decision to transfer its primary logistic operations to DHL’s Tradeteam division.
A spokeswoman for AB Inbev says: “I can confirm the company has written to members of our haulage partnership scheme to advise that the scheme will terminate at the end of March. All members have been put in touch with Tradeteam to discuss the opportunity to work together going forwards.”
Subcontractors who agree to work with Tradeteam can be released from the notice period early to begin working under the new agreements, however, terms and conditions will be set by the drinks haulier, and not AB InBev.
The Beck’s and Stella Artois maker has awarded Tradeteam primary logistics operations from its Magor, Preston and London breweries to several DCs including Enfield, Knowsley and Sheffield. Tradeteam is already handling secondary distribution for the firm.
AB InBev is also consulting with its employees and their representatives “on a number of proposals”, including the possibility of transferring to Tradeteam under TUPE.
While the drinks manufacturer did not reveal how many HGV drivers are involved in the consultation, VOSA records reveal the firm has an O-licence to run 184 vehicles and 436 trailers.
“In making these proposals, our aim is to put the business on a sustainable footing for the future and to increase focus on our brands. “Implementing the proposals would be a responsible way for our business to address the challenging economic environment, which has now been exacerbated to record duty increases,” the AB InBev UK spokeswoman adds.