The UK’s second largest supermarket group Asda has today signed a new deal with distribution & logistics services provider Norbert Dentressangle that will see the European supply chain firm manage its recycling services for a further five years.
Norbert will take care of the Walmart-owned grocer’s eight UK Asda Service Centres (ASC), which handle returnable transit packaging, card, plastic, food waste and returned goods from more than 400 Asda stores across the country.
Asda and Norbert have worked together since 2002, and the logistics firm’s operation currently handles over 126 million trays and recycles more than 170,000 tonnes of card and plastic and 30,000 tonnes of food waste each year.
The volume of goods through the ASCs is expected to grow by around five to ten per cent following Asda’s recent integration of 147 Netto stores, which was given Office of Fair Trading approval in March this year.
Commenting on today’s contract renewal, Asda’s Distribution Director Ian Stansfield said: “This new five-year agreement with Norbert Dentressangle demonstrates our continued ambition to be environmentally sustainable across distribution and the wider business.
“NDL have partnered Asda in our ASC operations since 2002 and have helped us to reduce our operating cost at the same time as supporting our sustainable aspirations.”
Last week Norbert announced strong trading figures for its first half, with revenues for the six-month period jumping 21.9 per cent year-on-year to €1.71 billion (£1.5 billion).
The company specialises in transport, logistics and freight forwarding services, and recently completed the takeover of fellow transport business TDG in a deal worth nearly £200 million.