530 jobs to be created as UK’s largest-ever cold storage facility gets go-ahead
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Magnavale, the temperature-controlled storage firm, has secured both planning and funding to buuild a single, fully automated cold store with a capacity of 96,000 pallet spaces.
Magnavale says the store, in Easton, Lincolnshire will be the largest ever built in the UK, and will not only be Europe’s most efficient cold storage facility, but also run entirely on renewable energy.
Construction of the project will create 230 jobs over two years, while a further 300 jobs will be created on a permanent basis to operate the facility.
Magnavale chief operating officer, Amanda Cogan, said: “The new store in Easton will play a key role in the future of our business and the cold storage sector more generally. Whether it is in terms of operational efficiency or carbon efficiency, our new facility will set the standard for the next generation of cold stores.
“The food industry and the UK more generally demand more from us as a key link in the supply chain, and we intend to live up to our mission statement of offering retailers and manufacturers alike the opportunity to shorten, simplify and de-risk their supply chains, while also delivering a significant saving in their carbon footprint.”