Kinaxia Logistics have announced their eleventh acquisition just months following their purchase of Manchester based AKW Global. The Gateshead company, Fresh Freight Group (“FFG”), marks the first North East based purchase, strengthening the Kinaxia Group’s geographical footprint alongside its: North West, Midlands, South, South East and East Anglian counterparts.
Kinaxia Logistics Director, Peter Fields, explained: “It should come as no surprise to the market that Kinaxia has broadened its reach to include the North East. The group strategy remains to acquire successful, professionally operated, service-focused, family-owned companies and our purchase of the Fresh Freight Group is further evidence of this”
Dominic Quigley, MD Fresh Freight, commented: “Joining the Kinaxia group was a natural decision for FFG, the Kinaxia strategy is one that we can truly identify with and one that has been long awaited in the industry.
We are proud to be aligned with the existing members of the Kinaxia group and look forward to a fruitful sustainable future, with access to additional services providing further opportunities for growth, whilst maintaining the values and strengths of the business that we have grown over the last 40 years
FFG shares the same vision and aspirations as the rest of the Kinaxia Group companies and, as with all previous Kinaxia acquisitions, all management & staff will be retained”.
Originally founded by Eamon Quigley, Fresh Freight started by delivering flowers from Holland to the UK and soon became one of the leading independent fresh produce hauliers in the North East. From there, led by Dominic Quigley, the business has successfully undertaken an epic diversification and now provides a full cross section of logistics services including temperature controlled, general transport, pallet network, warehousing, freight forwarding and other specialist services. With roots stretching back to the 1940’s FFG is a story of true entrepreneurialism and evolution.
FFG now employs around 135 staff, has a fleet of 75 vehicles and operates 100,000 sqft of warehousing and is a shareholder member of the Pallet Track network.
Peter Fields commented: “So far, our purchases have been met with positivity from the pallet networks who fully understand the group’s strategic intent. FFG are the first Pallet track member to join the group and we are excited to work with them moving forward, as we have only heard good things about their network. Being a member of a pallet network is not a pre-requisite of the businesses we acquire but is more a characteristic of their operational astuteness. It is, and always has been, the strategic intent of Kinaxia for its companies to remain within the network that the acquired business originally aligned themselves to, and our focus remains the provision of high-quality service as a member of whichever pallet network we work with.”