Stock­pil­ing of Easter eggs cre­ates a crack­ing op­por­tu­nity for Win­can­ton

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Business - By Oliver Gill

EASTER eggs are be­ing stock­piled by a ma­jor choco­late com­pany to en­sure the coun­try does not run out of the fes­tive treats when Bri­tain leaves the Euro­pean Union next March.

Lo­gis­tics spe­cial­ist Win­can­ton re­vealed “a good pipe­line of op­por­tu­ni­ties” from food and drinks com­pa­nies that want to mit­i­gate po­ten­tial busi­ness dis­rup­tion caused by Brexit. Adrian Col­man, the chief ex­ec­u­tive, told an­a­lysts yes­ter­day that Brexit was prov­ing in­creas­ingly big busi­ness for Win­can­ton.

He said: “We’ve got a multi­na­tional food man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany that is mak­ing and stor­ing a lot more Easter eggs in the run up to March and April.”

Win­can­ton’s cus­tomers in­clude Cad­bury’s owner Kraft Heinz and Kit Kat maker Nestlé, ac­cord­ing to its most re­cent an­nual re­port. Hu­bert We­ber, the pres­i­dent of Euro­pean op­er­a­tions at Cad­bury’s di­rect par­ent Mondelez, ad­mit­ted last Septem­ber that the com­pany was stock­pil­ing in­gre­di­ents, choco­lates and bis­cuits in Bri­tain to avoid in­ter­rup­tions to busi­ness in the event of a hard Brexit.

Mr Col­man’s com­ments come as in­creas­ing num­bers of com­pa­nies re­veal they are stock­pil­ing items to make sure sup­ply lines are pre­served. Ear­lier this week Im­pe­rial Brands – one the world’s big­gest to­bacco com­pa­nies – said it would stock­pile £30m of cig­a­rettes on the run-up to Bri­tain’s exit from the EU.

Speak­ing to a slide en­ti­tled “Brexit – lo­gis­tics op­por­tu­nity”, Mr Col­man ex­plained how over the sum­mer many com­pa­nies had wo­ken up to the need to start build­ing up sup­plies. Win­can­ton “can help sup­pli­ers in the UK deal with the even­tu­al­i­ties that they might face”.

“We’ve got a good pipe­line of op­por­tu­ni­ties. We’ve con­verted a few as well, prin­ci­pally around the con­cept of build­ing some ad­di­tional stor­age in­side the UK fron­tier.”

Easter Sun­day next year falls on April 21, just weeks af­ter Bri­tain will for­mally leave the EU.

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