Having started out in 1955 wholesaling fresh fruit and vegetables from a site in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, the family, who still own the company, could never have dreamed it would become the £190 million turnover frozen food sales and logistics provider it is today.
A brief history shows the company moving from fresh food into the wholesaling of frozen food in the early 70’s, followed by the building of the first cold store and the opening up of this to public storage by the late 70’s. Since then both divisions of the business have grown both organically and by acquisition. The Food Division is now one of the largest independent frozen food distributors to all sectors of the marketplace. As well as being the UK’s largest frozen logistics provider, the Logistics division has added Global and Ambient divisions ensuring they offer the complete supply chain solution.
Managing Director, Harry Yearsley commented, “As a family run business entering our 7th decade we are keen to share our achievements with both our employees and the community. We are holding a Gala Dinner in June to which 900 employees will attend and we are aiming to raise a significant amount for charity by the end of 2015.”
Harry continued, “Our aim is to raise £60k for 60 years, £20k is to be split between the 13 depot’s local good causes, with the remaining £40k shared between our national charities, Parkinson’s UK, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research and Help for Heroes. All of our staff are being encouraged to raise money and events planned so far include everything from distance events such as bike rides and the Yorkshire 3 Peaks to dirty events like Tough Mudder and sponsored slims!!!!
We are really looking forward to the coming year and hope we can continue to succeed going forward both in terms of our corporate goals, those of our employees and the wider community.”