NewCold says preparations for its second deep freeze storage facility in the United Kingdom are on course. Construction was expected to begin in October, and the facility is expected to be operational in one year.
Based in Corby, the facility sits on a 23-acre plot that Jon Miles, NewCold’s country director, says is a prime location in the logistics “golden triangle,” with proximity to frozen distribution centers of large retail and food service customers, and an ideal location that will help customers reduce food miles and cut costs.
“Everything is going to plan for the new site, and given the high demands being placed on our Wakefield facility, even with its colossal 4 million-pallet annual turnover, our target date for opening in the fourth quarter of 2021, hardly seems soon enough,” Miles said.
Even though the Wakefield hub has a storage capacity of 143,000 pallets and is only five years old, NewCold says it was already making plans early in 2019 to establish an additional site further south in the UK.
“We needed to enhance our national service, particularly for customers wishing to benefit from a closer facility than the Wakefield site,” Miles said. “To this end, Corby is ideally situated to support UK frozen food manufacturers and importers looking to enhance their supply chain value.”
The new facility also is expected to use 50% less energy than a conventional cold storage operation, Miles added.
“This, coupled with our ability to reduce food miles by using high-volume trailers will greatly reduce CO2 emissions and energy use,” he concluded.