Industry views | 04 March 2016
Now, having surpassed our 90th anniversary and grown to be Britain’s largest logistics business, delivery of milk is still a fundamental part of our ever-growing operations.
Dairy as a sector has supported pioneering developments by Wincanton over the years – from our first investment in two tankers in 1933, through to landing the contract for national milk haulage in 1942, when the Milk Marketing Board assumed full responsibility for the collection of milk from British farms.
Following continued growth, in the 1970s the largest milk reload centre in Europe was opened at Aldermeads, Wincanton, as bulk tankers replaced the old-fashioned churn lorries. By the 1980s, we collected over 120,000 litres of fresh milk from around 1,250 farms on a daily basis, with a fleet of more than 60 tankers.
Milk remains a major part of our business to this day. We are proud of our 25-year partnership with the Dairy Crest Group, for whom we handle over 1 billion litres of milk every year from over 500 farms throughout the South of England and Wales.
Our commitment to innovation in the sector hasn’t changed since the 1920s, and only this month we unveiled a new electric tanker to serve our dairy customers. These units will provide significant energy savings and reduce the carbon footprint of our dairy operations, ensuring a fair deal and a sustainable future of British farmers.
Our 90 year history reflects the change and adaptation seen within the British milk industry and together we have risen meet and overcome new challenges and evolved to maximise new opportunities. Yet the story is far from over...