Matrah Cold Stores LLC (MCS)is the Sultanate’s leading grocery wholesale distributor of Foodstuff and Tobacco products representing BAT, Colgate, Reckitt Benckiser, Kellogg’s, California Garden, Masafi, AATCO, Nawras and many others. In 2002, BAT consolidated its entire portfolio with MCS. In October 2004 Kellogg's transferred its business to MCS and from January 2005, Reckitt Benckiser consolidated their portfolio with MCS. The Masafi business was acquired in March 2005 coinciding with the launch of the Nawras business in Oman. In late 2006 MCS expanded its activities creating an Industrial Division for the provision of Shell Lubricants to small industrial customers and will in 2007 launch its Toys & Gifts Division bringing amongst other things a range of exciting activities to the beaches of Muscat.
MCS was established as a
partnership between W J Towell and
Spinneys in November 1967 and
commenced activities in 1969.
Spinneys had been
operating since 1962 in Oman
providing catering services for the
oil companies. In 1992, Spinneys was
acquired by Inchcape and then in
1999 W J Towell purchased Inchcape’s
shares in MCS resulting in the
Company being wholly owned by W J
Towell & Co LLC.
MCS is a 51% partner in a
Joint Venture with Nestlé – Nestlé
Oman Trading Co LLC (NOT) -which
commenced operations from January
The company also manages 30 Oman Oil
Quick Shops in Oman which will
increase to 35 IN 2008. In July
2003, MCS formed a Joint Venture
with the Al Seer Group establishing
Al Fair LLC and transferred nine Al
Fair supermarkets into the new
Company. In March 2005 MCS sold its shares in Al Fair LLC to the Al Seer Group.
The Company has outsourced its Logistics management to Agility with effect from May 2007. Through their extensive network of temperature controlled warehousing and fleet management, MCS products are distributed from depots in the Capital, Salalah, Sohar, Nizwa, Muladha and AL Kamel serving over 2,500 outlets nationwide. In November 2003, our Tobacco Division acquired ISO 9001:2000 and has equipped all salesmen with Hand Held Terminals. In December 2006,Reckitt Benckiser Division has secured ISO 9001:2000 accreditation.
The Company benefits from the
service of over 400 employees
including 200 Omani nationals.
The company is proud of its success
and promotes its 5 key Values to all
employees – Service, Teamwork,
Innovation, Respect, and Speed. The
Company encourages every employee to
“Make A Difference”. All Divisions
are P/L responsible and operate
rigorously to KPI's parameters that
are regularly assessed.
The Company was a finalist in the Oman Awards for Excellence for 2002, 2004 and 2006 and was declared winner of the prestigious Flame of Excellence for 2005. In 2001 and 2002, MCS was selected as the fourth best company to work for in Oman. The General Manager was identified as the Best General Manager in Oman in February 2002 by a leading business publication