Carlsberg UK is to outsource its distribution operations as part of a strategic review aimed at brewing and brands.

The company announced yesterday that it would no longer provide ‘porterage’ – deliveries from multiple suppliers through a single provider –and proposed to transfer its remaining secondary logistics operations to DHL Tradeteam during 2017 and 2018.

The review was part of a company-wide transformation programme, which launched in November aimed at creating a business that is “agile and responsive and focused on brewing premium quality beer brands for its consumers and customers”.

The company said it would now consult on the potential impact for employees and stressed that all existing porterage contracts would be honoured until expiry.

Integration with DHL is expected to be completed no later than March 2018.

Julian Momen, chief executive of Carlsberg UK, said: “The review and subsequent proposal have been given the considerable time and care they warrant. Our intention to outsource our secondary logistics to a specialist logistics provider in DHL Tradeteam is taken with a long-term view of the market to ensure a sustainable solution in terms of service and cost for our business and our customers.

“We recognise this is a significant change for our business and in particular our employees. Our focus over the coming months will be on providing all potentially affected employees with the support they require. In the longer term this transformation will build a sustainable business focused on our core offering, which is brewing premium quality beers and building brands.”