A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) has announced the signing of a global end-to-end logistics agreement with Danish Crown from 2021.
The 3-year end-to-end agreement covers all Danish Crown’s business units, delivering solutions on ocean services, inland logistics and cold chain logistics. Access to the digital supply chain platform Tradelens, which is underpinned by blockchain technology, is also a core part of the agreement.
“We are excited to be chosen as Danish Crown’s main logistics company. The food supply chain is highly demanding, but we will work hard to provide fast, reliable and dynamic supply chain solutions to Danish Crown as a modern end-to-end logistics company with fully controlled assets,” says Vincent Clerc, Executive Vice President and CEO Ocean and Logistics. A.P. Moller – Maersk.
Danish Crown is one of the world’s largest exporters and the number one supplier of pork in Europe. The Danish Crown Group is also the largest meat-processing company in Europe, and Danish Crown Beef is a key player in the European beef market, while the groups trading company ESS-FOOD sells and distributes fresh and frozen foods worldwide. The agreement finally includes DAT-Schaub, which is a global market leader in casings for sausage production across the World.
With a significant export to Asia and a growing business in both North- and South America it is key for Danish Crown to ensure a flexible and resilient supply chain to support their business needs and meet their sustainability targets.
“There is no doubt, that Maersk is at the leading the sustainability transition within container logistics, which very much aligns with our own ambitions to become the world´s most sustainable meat supplier in 2030. Maersk is a natural choice for Danish Crown, as our customers will expect that we are able to undertake the responsibility of all business activities in the food supply chain right from the Danish farmer to the dinner tables in Shanghai, Tokyo or New York,” says Jais Valeur, Group CEO of Danish Crown.
As one of the largest food exporters in the world, Danish Crown values an active partnership with a logistics leader such as Maersk, that can accelerate their business and reduce complexity.
“Through sheer business size and its extensive network Maersk can offer a reliability in our supply chains which our customers are increasingly demanding. At the same time, we will get a partner in Maersk who understands and priorities the importance of an active collaboration in our daily business. This close collaboration is key and will ultimately service our customer’s needs,” into account says Jais Valeur.
The global agreement will enter into effect as of 1 October 2021 and is Europe’s largest on reefer logistics.