Barilla runs the majority of their transports by train. They have been doing this for a long time now.
— The biggest advantage, of course, is the low environmental footprint, but there are many more, says Anton Berggren, logistics manager at Barilla Sweden.
You might think “pasta, pasta, pasta!” when you hear Barilla. But Barilla is so much more than that. Crispbread, for example.
— Our production of crispbread is located in Filipstad and in Celle, Germany, where we produce a total of 450,000 stacks of crispbread that are shipped to the entire world. The pasta is mainly produced in Parma, Italy, says Anton Berggren, logistics manager at Barilla in Sweden.
— Our biggest markets for crispbread are Sweden, Germany and Norway. We have fixed trains between Celle and Filipstad - and to our warehouse in Norway, he says.
— We are also working actively to include trains in more flows and to utilize the benefits of the train over long distances, Anton adds.
60 percent of Barilla's pallets go by train between Sweden and Germany. Between Sweden and Norway, as much as 80 percent go by train.
— We want to use the railroad tracks we have for our factories to the greatest extent possible as the train is the mode of transport with by far has the least environmental impact. In addition, there is a tradition of using the railway, which we are happy to continue.
The benefits are many. The biggest, of course, is the low environmental footprint.
— Another advantage is that we can accommodate large volumes, 144 pallets, in a train trolley that can be loaded at any time during all hours of the day without a driver waiting. If for various reasons there will be a shortage of truck drivers in the future, the train will be even more important.
But of course there are challenges.
— The biggest challenge with the railways is the relatively long lead times, which places high demands on flow planning. It also places demands on reasonably balanced flows in the layout we use when we do not want to send empty wagons.
But the challenges are not a major concern for Barilla, as they have chosen train freight for a long time. It seems to work in the long run.
Read more about train transports here!