Supply chain solutions provider Barloworld Logistics has expanded its service offering into multi-temperature foods logistics through the acquisition of 100% of KLL Distributors as well as a controlling share in Aspen Logistic Services.

KLL is a multi-temperature secondary storage and distribution provider in South Africa, mainly serving the convenience sector and top-end retailers. Aspen Logistic Services is a primary refrigerated road transport service provider operating a state-of-the-art fleet that comprises more than 120 truck and trailer combinations nationally and cross-border.

“The acquisitions are in line with our strategy of servicing a growing market need for multi-temperature, multi-product, multi-principal and multi-drop network solutions,” says Steve Ford, CEO of Barloworld Logistics.

According to Ford, KLL’s competitive edge lies in its flexibility and agility in servicing its customers.   “KLL provides speed to market through frequent small drops, and an ability to integrate easily with national retailer’s ERP systems,” he explains.

The company’s three managing partners, Gustaf Oschman, Lizette Brooks and Stephen Herbert, will remain in the business and will form part of its management team. Gavin Wilson, an executive at Barloworld Logistics, will lead the division.

Aspen’s Managing Director, Dr Sujen Padayatchi, and his team will work closely with Barloworld Logistics to deliver smart, reputable and reliable transport solutions to customers throughout Southern Africa.

According to Wilson, the deals will enable Barloworld Logistics to scale for growth in the sector, leverage capabilities and offer more holistic supply chain solutions to a broader customer base,  thereby extracting greater value for the market.