Hillebrand acquires majority stake in VignoblExport
Hillebrand strengthens its expertise and footprint in small quantity logistics of alcoholic beverages and accelerates its e-commerce activities.
Mainz, Germany, May 6th, 2021
Hillebrand, the world leading forwarding, transport and logistics provider to the alcoholic beverage industry, (non-hazardous) bulk liquids industry and other products that require special care, officially announces its acquisition of a majority stake in VignoblExport; a leading service provider in small quantity logistics of alcoholic beverages. The French based company provides a world-class service offering, supported by proprietary digital solutions, to both businesses and consumers worldwide. Hillebrand holds an option to acquire the remaining shares in the company.
“VignoblExport enables Hillebrand to strengthen its small quantity logistics business, as well as accelerate our e-commerce activities” according to Cees van Gent, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Hillebrand. “VignoblExport’s presence in main wine exporting countries, coupled with its unique service offering and advanced digital solutions to facilitate the shipment of small quantity orders for wines and other alcoholic beverages, makes it a perfect fit with the Hillebrand network and scope of services.”
Hillebrand already offers small quantity logistics services to the alcoholic beverages industry. VignoblExport’s strong market reputation, large customer base and unique service capabilities will strengthen Hillebrand’s current offering and allow it to service end-consumers directly. With Hillebrand as new majority owner, VignoblExport is able to expand its operations to other countries by leveraging the extensive global Hillebrand network. Both companies will employ their expertise and resources to further expand the business on a global scale.
“Hillebrand offers a unique opportunity for VignoblExport to grow internationally and become a truly global player in small quantity logistics”, explains Erwan Leteurtre, founder and CEO of VignoblExport. Erwan Leteurtre and his team look forward to join Hillebrand. “With its presence in over 90 countries, its vast experience in international logistics and its position as the global market leader in the forwarding, transport and logistics of alcoholic beverages and products adjacent to that, Hillebrand is the perfect partner to help us expand our business in and beyond the countries in which we are now present (i.e. France, Spain and Italy).”
Hillebrand continues to pursue its business plan objectives of growing both organically and through acquisitions, to expand its customer service and tailor-made solutions worldwide. “This acquisition displays our continued focus to improve our service offering (for our customers) and marks an important step in serving the growing e-commerce segment” concludes van Gent.
This acquisition adds to the M&A track record of Hillebrand in recent times, with Braid (United Kingdom), Royal Logistics (United States) and 3W-Logistik (Germany).
VignoblExport was founded in 2011 in Orleans, France. The company is specialized in small quantity logistics of alcoholic beverages, serving both businesses and consumers worldwide. Shipments include samples for events, ‘wine tourism’ purchases and e-commerce purchases. VignoblExport has operations in France, Spain and Italy. The expertise of VignoblExport lies in its unique and tailored service offering, supported by advanced digital solutions.