Background

Having operated in Poland since 1990, the group founded Hochland Polska Sp. z o.o. in 1993 and in 1995 put its own production plant into operation in Kaźmierz, near Poznań. Together with the sites of Baranowo and Węgrów, Hochland today has three plants in the country which manufacture processed cheese, soft cheese, cream cheese, hard cheese and sliced cheese.

The well-known market leader in cheese products needed a reliable seafreight provider to support its market expansion to South Africa.

Challenge

Constantly seeking to expand its international presence, Hochland started to deliver its products to the South African market in 2014. With the aim of establishing a reliable and efficient supply chain from its Polish production sites to this country, the company was looking for an international logistics partner to provide high-quality temperature-controlled seafreight transport on a door-to-port service level.

Our solution

For Hochland Poland, Kuehne + Nagel designed a customised integrated service solution based on regular door-to-port seafreight shipments, which are added by door-to-door airfreight transports in cases of urgent ad-hoc deliveries. In order to guarantee shortest transit times, the shipments are transported from Hochland’s production site in Kaźmierz by road to the ports of Hamburg and Bremerhaven, from where they sail to Cape Town. As the world’s number one seafreight provider, Kuehne + Nagel not only offers Hochland unmatched access to the world’s temperature-controlled carriers. The flexibility offered by multiple sailings and fast transit times means quicker respond to changes in price and demand, benefitting Hochland with shipping reliability at fair logistics costs.

Results

By using the services of Kuehne + Nagel, Hochland has established a reliable, secure and efficient supply chain from Poland to South Africa at affordable costs. With its products being delivered on time and in perfect condition, Hochland is in an excellent position to further strengthen its foothold in the South African market.

Our customer's success story

"As a cheese manufacturer we take the quality of our products very seriously, and we re-examine and improve our quality checks on an ongoing basis. For years, Hochland has been a pioneer in the areas of quality management, hygiene and work and product safety. It goes without saying that we ask the same high quality levels from our suppliers. After all, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. In Kuehne + Nagel we found a logistics partner with a similar philosophy when it comes to quality. Their service quality helps us bring our product quality to our South African customers."

Daniel Kosmowski, Logistics and Warehouse Manager Hochland Poland (September 2015)

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