Blakemore Fresh Foods moves premises

Blakemore Fresh Foods has invested £3.5m to re-locate its entire operation to a new 30,000 sq ft. cutting-plant and storage facility.

The new depot at Hilton Cross, South Staffordshire, is located just off junction one of the M54, moving from its original location at the Long Acres Industrial Estate in Walsall, which has played host to the company since the mid-1980s.

Trading director Richard Brownjohn said: “This is a huge, long-term investment in Blakemore Fresh Foods and will be a key factor in our ambition to grow our sales to £30m over the next five years.

“Hilton Cross will allow us to serve different customers and better serve our existing ones. We can now stock a more diverse range of products and improve the efficiencies of our overall operation.”

The new site will provide more cold storage, better production facilities, loading bays, pallet wrappers and an improved hygiene system.

Environmental efficiency has been built in to the overall design of the depot, with features including a new energy-efficient refrigeration system, a heat reclamation process that will provide free hot water, LED lighting, light sensors and a high-tech energy management system.

A catering kitchen has been introduced to the depot, which will provide facilities to allow the presentation of raw and cooked products to customers.

Operations director Bob Cash added: “Hilton Cross is one of the most modern and environmentally efficient storage and cutting plants in the UK.

“A new IT system has been introduced to allow us control our stock with greater accuracy and improve the way we manage traceability across the depot.

“It now takes us half the time to unload a container in comparison to our previous site and we now have a depot to be truly proud of.”