Patak's maker AB World Foods has signed a deal to use the Port of Liverpool as an import gateway into the UK, saving up to 2,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per annum.

The deal means more than 1,800 20ft-equivalent units of cargo, including import foodstuffs and raw materials from the Far East and India, will now come through the central gateway at Liverpool instead of via the south coast.

Liverpool is the most centrally positioned deep-sea port in the UK and would help the company optimise its transport leg from port to store. The move is expected to eliminate 300,000 UK road miles, and cut haulage costs and congestion on UK roads.

"Our transfer into Liverpool has been seamless and has unlocked value from our supply chain, as well as reducing costs and carbon emissions," said logistics manager Dr Carl Smith.