UK: Molson Coors sells Tradeteam stake to DHL

DHL has taken full control of UK drinks logistic business Tradeteam after buying out its joint-venture partner, Molson Coors.

The company said on 31 December that its supply chain unit had acquired the “remaining shares” in Tradeteam from the brewer. Finanical details of the deal were not disclosed.
DHL has been the “primary” stakeholder in Tradeteam since 1995 and managed the business “in partnership” with Molson Coors.

“Having reviewed their respective strategic objectives, the partners have decided that it was an appropriate time to complete the transition of the company from its origins as an in-house distribution department of Bass Brewers (since acquired by Molson Coors) to a fully independent drinks logistics specialist,” DHL said in a statement.

A Molson Coors spokesperson confirmed that the brewer would still use Tradeteam for distribution.
Separately, in a statement, Philip Whitehead, the brewer's commercial excellence director, said: “The deal is designed to use DHL’s skills and knowledge in logistics to improve the network which will result in greater flexibility and performance for our customers.”

Unfortunately, greater flexibility might mean change in the working conditions and particularly more precariousness and even dismissals. The IUF calls on DHL to respect the rights of Tradeteam workers and prevent any restructuring to worsen the existing conditions and benefits of workers.