kff, the Aylesford, Kent-based national foodservice wholesaler, has kicked off what it describes as “ambitious expansion plans” with a £750,000 refurbishment of its Witney, Oxon depot.
The depot, acquired in 2010 as a small satellite site, is now four times the size. The renovation has resulted in three new storage areas, increasing the capacity of frozen goods by 55%, chilled by 90% per cent and ambient by 80%, which enables kff to house its full product range, rather than transporting certain products up from the Aylesford depot. This has given customers a better service, with improved frequency of deliveries and wider product choice.
The refurb has also enabled kff to add five new delivery routes, with the potential of 20 more beginning in the future. The site now has the potential to transport within a 40 mile radius of Witney, opening up the M4 corridor for the company. In addition, the expansion has created 18 local jobs.
Chris Beckley, MD of kff commented: “The expansion of Witney is a sign of things to come as we look to expand further north in addition to our main depot in Aylesford. As well as achieving excellent energy and resource savings, the expansion has allowed us to greatly improve our service levels to customers along the M4 corridor, and also demonstrates our commitment to that area.”
Beckley said the refurbishment went some way to reducing the wholesaler’s carbon footprint – it had already saved 250,000 food miles and 200 tonnes of CO2 since its completion, he said; installing LED lighting into the depot had reduced energy consumption to only 3kW, compared to the 8kW used by the standard fluorescent light.
Further energy efficiency procedures are set to be incorporated into kff’s expansion and upgrading of its Aylesford depot, which will take place within the next 18 months.
Founded in the early 1960s, kff is a family-owned concern providing a full range of chilled, ambient and frozen products including meat, fish, bread, and cheese as well as fully prepared meals and drinks to the catering trade.
It serves premium caterers with its Excellence brand, regional caterers with the “Produced In Kent” range and sandwich fillings manufactured under the Purple Pineapple own-brand. Its customers include contract caterers, universities, high-end hotels and gastro pub chains.