New depot for 3663 as Bidvest advances

As 3663 prepared for the opening of its latest purpose-built depot at Paddock Wood, Kent, on Friday, its parent company announced further expansion in Europe.

The new multi-temperature depot, which provides 120,000sq ft of warehousing, will replace three existing depots and is expected to service about 10,000 customers.

Staff and customers from Sevenoaks will move this month, the Southern Regional Distribution Centre will close in September and Edenbridge will move over in October.

The company is not revealing the size of the investment but the development is on a 13-acre plot, it will operate 110 vehicles, and employ 350 staff.

The building has been designed to be one of 3663’s flagship sustainable depots and has a wide range of energy efficient features.

Bidvest, parent company of 3663, is expanding its delivered wholesale business into Central and Eastern Europe.

Bidvest has acquired Nowaco and Farutex in Slovakia and the Czech Republic and Poland respectively.

Nowaco is a delivered wholesaler to the foodservice and independent retail markets and Farutex is a national multi-temperature foodservice distributor.

Fred Barnes, chief executive of Bidvest Europe and 3663, said: “The acquisition provides Bidvest Europe with the platform to develop and grow interests further in Europe. Nowaco and Farutex are highly profitable businesses with an annual turnover of £300m.

“They service 42,000 delivery addresses and this provides us with the necessary springboard to extend our reach beyond the UK, Belgium and Netherlands to Central and Eastern Europe.”

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