Heineken France shifts to rail with the help of Lahaye logistics
In a move indicative of how the modal shift to rail should work, Heineken France will onboard the train from now on to move its produce between Lille and Rennes in France. Lahaye Global Logistics recently launched the combined transport route linking the two cities and serves it with three weekly roundtrips.
The famous green beer bottles will also be spotted on rails now in France, crossing the country from the northeast to the northwest. Heineken France operates a brewery in Mons-en-Baroeul, in Lille and aims to decarbonise its supply chain on the way to Rennes. To “achieve its 2030 roadmap for reducing CO2 emissions”, the globally recognised company partnered with Lahaye Global Logistics in a combined transport route that will use trucks only for first and last-mile services.
“This Lille-Rennes line will now allow the production of our brewery in Mons-en-Baroeul to be connected to the west through a non-road transport mode, contributing concretely to the reduction of our carbon footprint”, commented the company on a LinkedIn post.
New route, big customers
The combined transport route launched by Lahaye is young but already attracts big customers. The French logistics company launched its service in early April while the line was officially inaugurated only a few days ago. It is suitable for three types of intermodal transport units: semi-trailers, covered wagons and reefer containers.
As mentioned, Lahaye serves the route with three weekly roundtrips, and the traction partner is Captrain France, which operates the line using only electric traction. Cargo moved to the Rennes-Lille direction can benefit from connections to the Benelux area and further forwarding via sea connections.
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