Two UK food and drink supply chain specialists are to merge from next year.

Culina Logistics and Baylis Logistics will merge into a new company, to be known as Culina Logistics Ltd.

The company will be part-owned by Luxembourg-based TML Invest - the investment arm of Theo Müller, owner of German dairy group Müller.

The enlarged logistics firm Limited will have a starting turnover of GBP125m, employ 1,300 staff  and operate from nine sites in the UK.

"Chilled customers will see potential economies of scale in our ability to offer a combined solution incorporating their ambient ranges," said Rien Brakel, who will be operations director of the new firm.

"Ambient customers will have a ready-made solution as their sector moves towards chilled disciplines, including daily ordering."