Investment In The Midlands For Yearsley Logistics

Yearsley Logistics has secured permission for redevelopment and expansion at its Newark site that will boost storage by 30,000 pallets. The £15m investment will see the existing facility at Belle Eau Park have a replacement cold store 5,450sqm in size, a new ambient storage building totalling 19,200sqm plus additional office space. On an adjacent site, there will be a 5.4acre solar farm which will provide a proportion of the energy requirements needed by the site.

Yearsley Logistics Director, Tim Moran, said “Whilst our Belle Eau Park site has always been predominantly foodservice this expansion will provide our first Super Hub dedicated to this sector. The location is ideal for servicing the whole of the UK and we are very keen to invest to improve our facilities, expand our foodservice offering and increase employment in the area. Up to 200 jobs will be created at the site.”

Over the past several years, Yearsley Logistics has invested into a Superhub strategy, placing large consolidation centres in arguably the best locations in the country, close to major motorways and ideal for consolidating stock from around the UK and abroad.  Location benefits include reducing food miles and carbon output of vehicles which ultimately saves on transport costs. With Superhubs dedicated to the retail sector already in operation at Heywood near Manchester, Hams Hall in the Midlands and land secured at Peterborough, the new development at Belle Eau Park is predominantly for the foodservice sector.

Tim Moran continued, “We believe the super hub concept, comprising of a small number of strategically located, large, scalable, and partly automated  sites is the correct way forward. We are a true 3rd party operator and therefore we cannot exclude parts of the market by being 100% automated or focused on a single site strategy.  Customers are offered cold storage, distribution, ambient, chilled, freight forwarding services and repacking, satisfying a customer’s entire supply chain needs from within one place.

We also intend to continue with our other regional depots, located across the UK. These are also important in that they serve the local market including local manufacturers storing frozen raw materials for further processing or manufacturers who have high volume to sustain their own full load deliveries.”

Background Information

Yearsley Logistics is the UK’s largest frozen logistics service provider; offering customers cold storage, distribution, ambient and freight forwarding solutions.

With 13 depots across the UK, Yearsley Logistics offers 360,000 pallet storage and a 300-strong fleet of temperature controlled vehicles creating a national cold chain network. Customers large and small are offered day one for day two, seven days a week into major retailers and an unrivalled food service distribution network.

The future of the company is based on delivering a sustainable business model, focused on innovation, agility and customer service excellence. A commitment to re-investment has recently seen the development of our first ‘Super Hub’ Consolidation Centre’s in strategic locations around the UK. 2012 saw the purchase of the Hams Hall depot, our first ‘Super Hub’ based in the Midlands. The second is now at Heywood, Manchester following our recent £20 million expansion at the head office cold store. The 3rd southern Super Hub will follow, as successful planning permission has just been granted for the build of a 150,000 pallet cold store in Peterborough. The 3 Super Hubs together will service the whole of the UK with a consolidation service for manufacturers into retailers.

Yearsley Group also incorporates a food division which is made up of Yearsley Food Sales, Belfield and IcePak which between them, wholesale more than 1,500 individual frozen product lines and have one of the most extensive portfolios of ethnic certified products in the UK. The company has more than 1,200 employees and an annual turnover of £172m.

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