JF Hillebrand Launches Dedicated Bulk Wine Division

London, United Kingdom, October 11, 2007 --(PR.com)-- Following its acquisition of Trans Ocean Distribution, JF Hillebrand is proud to announce the launch of a dedicated bulk wine division. Hillebrand Bulk will give importers greater service options by combining the experience and expertise of the two companies’ bulk wine divisions.

“JF Hillebrand’s unrivaled knowledge of beverage transport, coupled with TOD’s expertise in the design, construction and use of flexibags makes a formidable team,” commented JF Hillebrand Executive Board Member Brendan McKenna. “Capitalising on the synergy of the two companies, Hillebrand Bulk will be able to provide customers the best possible service for the transport of wine in bulk, with technical expertise and customer service that is second to none.”

Hillebrand Bulk offers a full-service bulk wine solution, including supply and installation of their VinBulk flexitank. The VinBulk concept transforms a standard 20’ container into a bulk liquid transportation system. JF Hillebrand’s expertise in cased wine transport, combined with TOD’s extensive experience in bulk transport using barrier technology materials, provides an unparalleled service combination in the protection of wines from extreme temperature fluctuations and other risks associated with long distance transport.

While the transportation of wine in bulk has traditionally represented just a fraction of the total volume of wine movements around the globe, bulk shipping is becoming increasingly popular for the transport of wines. A single container load of wine in bulk is equivalent to over two container loads of cased wine. Not only does this significantly reduce transport costs, but it also reduces the associated carbon emissions.

Furthermore, by importing wines in bulk and bottling them in the destination country using recycled green glass, companies can further highlight their green credentials to retailers and consumers.


Note to Editors

Headquartered in Mainz Germany, JF Hillebrand employs 1000 people in 36 offices located in 22 countries. The Group reported € 500 million turnover in 2006 and throughput of over 170,000 containers. International equity provider COBEPA owns 40% of the share capital, whilst Mitsui OSK Lines owns 30% and the remaining 30% is held by management and family. Since 1844, they have dedicated themselves to the efficient and cost-effective logistics of wines, spirits and beers. Their sophisticated information management tools such as Axis guarantees full visibility over the supply chain - from production to retail.

For additional information, please refer to their website: www.jfhillebrand.com

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