Wholesaler Creed Foodservice’s new distribution centre in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire successfully began making deliveries to a growing south east customer base on January 30 2017, and after a three phase transfer process became fully operational last month.
Approximately 300 of Creed’s national and independent customers’ sites, in the care, education, hotel, restaurant, leisure destination and in-store cafe sectors have been successfully transferred across to the new distribution centre, which was formerly Bidfood’s UK HQ before it relocated to Slough last year.
The new depot is in addition to Creed’s head office and distribution centre in Staverton, Gloucestershire (55,00sq ft.) and distribution centre in Ilkeston, Derbyshire (35,000sq ft.), High Wycombe (27,300sq ft.).
A third site was acquired in the South East in order to capitalise on opportunities surrounding the growing eating out market and strong care and education sectors.
15 vehicles are based at the depot delivering approximately 6,000 items a day through 13 delivery routes. Delivery drivers cover around 1,700 miles per day to the Essex, Kent, Herts, Bedfordshire, London (all postcodes), Bucks, West Sussex, East Sussex, Norfolk, Suffolk regions.
The distribution centre now supplies chefs and caterers with high quality products across the frozen, chilled, grocery, fresh produce, meats and non-food categories.
MD, Philip de Ternant, commented: “Our new High Wycombe distribution centre is part of continued investment in our growth, and indeed in our service levels to customers on a regional and national basis.
“In excess of 30 people from the local area are employed at the High Wycombe site. All of which have been through our thorough induction and training programmes, ensuring our new and existing customers receive the service that we are renowned for.
“London and the South East continue to attract emerging foodservice brands, so it’s an exciting time to be able to enter this region. Although it’s a competitive marketplace, we differentiate ourselves through our ‘Believe in More’ approach to business and will continue to add value for our customers wherever possible.”