Tea from the Tyne - Port of Tyne wins contract with Tetley to import and export brews across the world
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The long-term contract from Tetley will see it handle the movement of thousands of tonnes of raw tea as well as its finished product each year.
The second largest tea brand globally, Tetley has outsourced all its inbound tea production and finished goods export logistics to the Port of Tyne for international markets including Canada, USA , Asia and Europe, as well as the UK.
The port says the agreement reaffirms Tetley’s commitment to “fostering a long-term, strategic supply chain partnership” and recognises its proven warehousing and logistics capabilities in a specialist industry.
As one of the UK’s leading deep-water ports, the Port of Tyne began working with Tetley in 2003 and the scope of its services has grown each year.
Shipping now accounts for 90% of Tetley’s inbound and outbound transportation and says outsourcing to the port has helped it realise many commercial and environmental sustainability benefits.
This includes the ability to ship larger, heavier container loads closer to the point of consumption and increase the amount of tea shipped per container by 10% through using slip sheets.
In addition to saving cash by taking trucks off the roads by using the coastal feeder service to South Shields instead, Tetley said it was reduce its carbon footprint, saving more than 730,000 road miles a year and, based on fuel consumption of 8.8 mpg, removes 987,840 kg of CO2 from the atmosphere.
Richard Newton, the port’s commercial director for logistics, said: “Retaining the custom of a mega brand like Tetley for over 20 years wouldn’t be possible if we were not able to precisely meet their requirements and we have demonstrated our effectiveness in doing this for almost 20 years.”
David Cook Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and group logistics manager at Tetley, added: “When it comes to working with the Port of Tyne logistics team, what continues to impress us is their eternal commitment to service improvement and excellence.
"The Covid pandemic provides a perfect example and during this extreme period, they immediately rose to all challenges presented and ensured our global supply chain was not only resilient, but could scale to cope with extra product demand.”