Foodservice specialist kick starts the New Year for 3663

3663 has unveiled the new purpose-built depot for its Swithenbank Fresh amp; Fine Foods specialist business.

Swithenbank, which started 120 years ago as a family-run stall in Bradford market, has since evolved to sit under the 3663 umbrella. It offers a range of fresh and chilled meat, fresh produce, chilled foods and more recently, fine foods. It works closely with growers and producers to source products from around the world.

The new depot started trading in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire at the beginning of this month and increases the specialist business’s capacity for the South East area three-fold with nine loading bays and thirty vehicle docks.

Andrew Tiplady, managing director of Swithenbank said: “Our specialist foods along with produce and fresh meat have seen significant sales increases. The Hoddesdon depot will offer our Features > Business, and the wider 3663 Features > Business, the increased capacity needed to serve the South East, especially where fresh meat is concerned. This is a key part of our expansion plans which will see more facilities come on stream over the next 12 months. The desire for customers to maximise purchasing by consolidation is growing. To accommodate this, our new depot will be a multi-temperature facility, meaning customers need only place one order, receive one delivery and one invoice, yet still have the specialist skills at hand. This ‘consolidated’ approach is also more sustainable, with fewer food miles being accrued.

And he added: “New facilities, technologies and controls at the depot will also ensure consistency and accuracy of supply for our customers – so that products reach them in the highest quality, every time.”

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