Food and equipment supplier Bidfood has taken over a new depot in the north of England and will use it to provide further support customers in the region.
The depot was acquired from Blakemore Cash and Carry and sees the transfer of experienced local staff previously employed at the site over to the Bidfood team.
A spokesperson for the business told FEJ that the facility would stock non-food items and catering equipment, as well as ambient and frozen goods.
Featuring a 21,357sqft ambient centre and 5,078sqft freezer development, fitted with undisclosed models, Bidfood’s Penrith depot will service a variety of customers within the region, including Centre Parcs and Beacon Hill School.
The site is expected to be particularly important for improving Bidfood’s coverage of surrounding areas such as Keswick, Windermere, Carlisle, Workington and Penrith.
Norman Wemyss, COO at Bidfood, said: “Having started my foodservice career many years ago in Carlisle, I understand the desire that customers have to trade with wholesalers who are truly embedded within the local community. Whether that is through involvement in local projects, providing employment for local people, or supplying locally-sourced products.
“In order for Bidfood to continue to meet local caterers’ needs, it’s vital for us to offer a truly local service, with the majority of our depots no more than 80 miles away from our customers. The investment into the new Penrith depot will help us to continue to deliver this.”
To help streamline customer services, the depot now features a customer click & collect service and a same day delivery option. Bidfood is also planning to work closely with local food suppliers to offer its national customers local Cumbrian produce.