Dachser acquires Müller Fresh Food Logistics


German logistics service provider Dachser is acquiring transport company Müller Fresh Food Logistics, based in the Dutch town of Holten. The acquisition includes not only the warehouses but also the extensive fleet of temperature-controlled trucks. For Dachser, the acquisition of Müller represents an important step in the expansion of its activities in the Benelux countries.

Müller, founded in 1938, has five branches in the Netherlands and one in the Czech Republic. As a full-service logistics provider, Müller offers warehousing, transport and distribution services in the ambient, fresh and frozen segments. CEO Jan-Peter Müller will remain at the helm after the acquisition, supported by the company’s own management team. According to him, the family business has been a leader in the Dutch market for years, especially for temperature-controlled food logistics.

“As part of Dachser, we now have access not only to Dachser’s food logistics network in Germany, but also to Dachser’s European food network serving 34 countries. This means that we can offer our customers completely new opportunities, especially in food groupage exports. For Müller, the acquisition opens up significant growth potential within a fast-growing international family business.”

Benefiting from a finely meshed distribution network

Dachser has been active in the Netherlands since 1975. In the future, the logistics service provider’s customers will be able to additionally benefit from Müller’s finely meshed distribution network in the Netherlands, which is served by the transport company’s own fleet of 350 trucks and 400 trailers. There are more than 400 drivers on the Müller payroll.

“For Dachser, the acquisition of Müller is an important step toward expanding our business activities in the Benelux,” said Alfred Miller, Managing Director Dachser Food Logistics. “With this acquisition, we secure high-quality distribution capacity for our German and European customers in the Netherlands’ most important food market.”

Müller’s garage business remains independent

In 2021, Dachser achieved net sales of approximately €7.1 billion. It employs around 31,800 people across 376 locations worldwide. Including Müller employees, Dachser in the Netherlands totals 1,300 people across 12 locations. Incidentally, Dachser’s acquisition does not include Müller’s garage business (Müller European Truck and Trailer Care), which employs a further 80 people. This division of the company will remain independent, headed by Anton Müller.

The acquisition must still be approved by the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM). No financial details of the deal have been disclosed.