KN Drinks awarded business by Imperial Brands

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – February 22, 2012 – Imperial Brands Inc., importer and marketer of distinctive spirits, has chosen Kuehne + Nagel to manage its Seafreight requirements from Poland to the United States. Kuehne + Nagel branches in Gdynia, Poland and Orlando, Florida will handle all finished goods imports.

Imperial Brands sold over 1 million cases of it’s Sobieski-brand vodka in the US in 2011, making it the fastest selling product in its class. A cost effective supply chain helps maintain cost margins and Imperial Brand’s company position that its premium products are available at a reasonable price.

Kuehne + Nagel sea logistics solutions will provide consistent transit times with high levels of service. Imperial Brands works with very tight lead times and limited services out of Poland, so it was imperative for them to match the right service level with the right rate. The company will leverage KN Login, Kuehne + Nagel’s web-based visibility, monitoring and reporting application which will immensely assist in managing its supply chain.

“We are glad that imperial brands Inc. decided in favour of our organization”, said Horst Mueller, Global Director Drinks Logistics. “ This cooperation is another addition towards our growing customer base in the drinks logistics segment in the United States, and a result of the close collaboration of our dedicated teams in the USA and Poland.”

Kuehne + Nagel’s Drinks Logistics services provide world class capabilities to the international drinks industry. This includes wineries, distillers, brewers, brand owners, specialist exporters and importers, as well as national and multinational retailers.

About Imperial Brands:
Imperial Brands, Inc. is an importer and marketer of distinctive spirits. Headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., it is a U.S. subsidiary of Belvédère S.A., one of Europe’s largest producers and distributors of white spirits and wines. Belvédère S.A. operates production and distribution units in Poland, France, United States, and other countries and additionally owns subsidiaries in Europe and South America. For more information, please visit www.ibrandsinc.com.

About Kuehne + Nagel:
With more than 60,000 employees at 900 locations in over 100 countries, the Kuehne + Nagel Group is one of the world's leading logistics companies. Its strong market position lies in the seafreight, airfreight, contract logistics and overland businesses, with a clear focus on providing IT-based lead logistics solutions. www.kuehne-nagel.com

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