Thomas Ridley opens frozen food depot

Bury St Edmunds, UK: Wholesaler Thomas Ridley Foodservice is poised to open a £3.6m, 2,323 sq metre frozen food depot in Bury St Edmunds.

The new site, due to be operational this month (September), will have volume for more than 2,000 pallets, increasing the current frozen sales volume capacity by more than 50%.

The new store will also include voice picking, warehouse management and multi-order picking onto electronic trucks.

Chilled sales volume capacity will also double as Thomas Ridley will convert the current freezer space into a chilled store. During this depot upgrade extra space for ambient storage will also be created.

Thomas Ridley’s operations director, John Hepworth, said: “The new freezer store will significantly improve our frozen offering and will also allow us to double our chilled proposition. This will ensure that we can provide our end user customers with a far greater range of both chilled and frozen products.

“It also represents a significant opportunity for current, as well as potential suppliers, in that we can now provide an even faster and more cost-effective route to market.

“Both of these investments are integral to our overall 10-year plan that will allow us the capacity to double our sales volume by 2027.”

The news comes as the firm celebrates its 100th anniversary as a limited company.