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Hall’s sold to Talley’s?

Hall’s sold to Talley’s?

NZ Truck & Driver News

 December 2021   

New Zealand’s “largest temperature-controlled transport business” – Hall’s Group’s refrigerated transport and Icepak cold storage and logistics operation – is apparently in the throes of being bought by agribusiness giant Talley’s Group.

NZ Truck & Driver understands that Hall’s advised employees and owner-drivers in early November that the board had accepted an offer for the sale of its transport and storage businesses to Talley’s Group.

The sale would become effective later in November and was considered by Hall’s to be “great news” for the businesses – allowing the company to more confidently pursue growth plans.

NZ Truck & Driver sought comment and confirmation from both Talley’s and Hall’s: Talley’s referred us to Hall’s…..which did not respond to our requests for comment.

NZ Truck & Driver understands that the purchase deal includes Icepak NZ and the refrigerated transport business, both of which would continue to operate on a standalone basis, with its own executive team and board.

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New Zealand’s “largest temperature-controlled transport business” – Hall’s Group’s refrigerated transport and Icepak cold storage and logistics operation – is apparently in the throes of being bought by agribusiness giant Talley’s Group.

NZ Truck & Driver understands that Hall’s advised employees and owner-drivers in early November that the board had accepted an offer for the sale of its transport and storage businesses to Talley’s Group.

The sale would become effective later in November and was considered by Hall’s to be “great news” for the businesses – allowing the company to more confidently pursue growth plans.

NZ Truck & Driver sought comment and confirmation from both Talley’s and Hall’s: Talley’s referred us to Hall’s…..which did not respond to our requests for comment.

NZ Truck & Driver understands that the purchase deal includes Icepak NZ and the refrigerated transport business, both of which would continue to operate on a standalone basis, with its own executive team and board.

Hall’s website says that the company is “something of a NZ success story – humble, with a low profile but well-regarded and respected by our customers for our performance, and our embrace of world-class technology, modern plant and equipment.”

Hall’s was founded by Auckland meat delivery operator Ian Hall in the 1950s. Under new owners it grew into a nationwide cold storage and transport operation during the 1970s and ‘80s.

Deregulation of the industry powered the company’s growth, which saw it move into the South Island in 1987.

It has been owned by the Madill family since 1995, according to the

website, which adds: “The following two decades have seen the redevelopment and upgrade of our network with a refreshed fleet, modern, well-designed cold stores and an expansion of services to include rail, coastal, and storage.”

The website details acquisitions which have boosted the company’s growth – including Translink Refrigerated in 2005, LCL Transport two years later, Roadways and Easy Logistics in 2010 and Icepak in 2016.

According to the website, Hall’s Group offers “a reliable service with a comprehensive fleet of purposebuilt units for line haul, short haul and metro services.

“We have state-of-the-art cross-dock facilities at strategic national locations. We transport, store, pick and despatch chilled, frozen and dry goods by road, rail and sea. Our rail-side docking capabilities include specialist rail units and quick service restaurant deliveries. 

“We provide long-haul container cartage, but can also deliver cartons, pallets or full loads.” 

The site says the company has 500-plus specialist vehicles, including swinglifts and top-loaders – with most of the fleet fitted with multi-temperature units.  


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