Gist buys chilled food carrier

Supply chain specialist Gist, part of The BOC Group, is expanding its primary business into Europe with the acquisition of G Van Dongen Holdings, a European transport operator.


Supply chain specialist Gist, part of The BOC Group, is expanding its primary business into Europe with the acquisition of G Van Dongen Holdings, a European temperature-controlled transport operator comprising seven companies based in the Netherlands and Spain.



The new European operation will be known as Gist Van Dongen and will provide fresh/chill and ambient transport services to food manufacturers in the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Portugal, and France.



The €46 million turnover business adds to Gist’s existing operations in the Czech Republic and the Netherlands, bringing five additional operating centres in Holland and one in Spain.



“This is an ideal strategic fit for Gist. We have a strong UK Primary chill business but we believe that substantial opportunities lie in Europe,” commented Gist managing director, Martin Gwynn.