DHL and Bacton Transport Deliver the Goods for Muntons.
Muntons malt makes its way worldwide, but one of the most involved and intensive methods of delivery is sending palletised malt to UK customers. And business is good with volumes increasing with the explosion of interest in craft brewing and Muntons sales successes in this sector.
Bacton Transport and Muntons have a long association as highlighted in these pictures of the company’s vehicles on site at Cedars Maltings in 1993 (left) and 2019 (right).
The links Charles and Edward are referring to do indeed go back a long time, to the 1960s in fact. At the time, Bacton Transport was mostly involved in agricultural haulage, carting cereals, foodstuffs and livestock. The boys remember watching lorries being loaded with sacks of barley for delivery to Cedars Maltings.
"It was tough work!" says Edward. “Back then, the sacks weighed a hundredweight, or sometimes half a hundredweight a piece, and you had two or three men on the trailer to catch the sacks as they came off the conveyor and stack them.”
Fast forward to the 1990s and 2000s and Bacton Transport were again a regular sight in the Maltings with bulkers clearing the wet grains from the hoppers every day. Edward again “I operated our agricultural haulage fleet for ten years and barley in and wet grains out from Muntons was a big part of our business. We worked for James & Son, which was another great company led by Bob Hall, who also had a close relationship with Muntons.”
In 2004, Bacton Transport joined The Pallet Network and for a short period of time, the service was operated from a warehouse on the Maltings site. Here, Charles takes up the story “It was two 18 tonne rigids and one night-trunk – 30 or 40 pallets per day. Now we handle between 600 and 700 pallets per day! The service is still the same though, we work very hard to maintain the values taught to us by our grandfather and father before us. It’s all about doing everything to the very best of our ability and doing it consistently.”