MMI driver

Source: Müller Milk & Ingredients 

Vacancies span range from production and distribution operative roles to HGV drivers, driver trainers and driver apprentices

Müller Milk & Ingredients has launched a recruitment drive to maintain what it claims is a 99% delivery rate for its own-label dairy customers.

The company is looking to fill more than 150 full and part-time vacancies spanning dairy production and distribution operative roles to HGV drivers, driver trainers and driver apprentices.

The push includes working with organisations like Veterans into Logistics, which helps place highly trained ex-military personnel into work within the logistics industry. Müller is also helping existing employees gain driver qualifications, through its apprenticeship scheme and an in-house ‘Warehouse to Wheels’ training programme.

“Our milk can be in fridges within only two days of leaving the farm, but we need great people to make that happen,” said Jon Jenkins, CEO at Müller Milk & Ingredients.

Despite the industry-wide driver shortage in 2021, MMI still successfully delivered over 99% of its deliveries to its retail partners over the course of the year, it said.

This was in part due to its ability to leverage its logistics partnership with sister company Culina Group, a UK-based food and drinks logistics provider with more than 5,000 vehicles, 22,000 employees at peak and 20 million sq ft of warehousing.

The dairy giant has also modernised its T&Cs to enable it to attract and retain suitable candidates.

“The key to this success was threefold,” Jenkins added. “The vast majority of our logistics operations are in-house rather than outsourced to a third party, we were able to work really closely and collaboratively with our customers and supplying farmers to find the right solutions, and of course, none of this would have been possible without the ongoing commitment and loyalty of our hard-working colleagues.”