Food distributor to create 50 jobs with expansion plan

Company Shop Group, the UK’s largest commercial redistributor of surplus food and household products, has lodged a planning application to Dudley Council for a new discount superstore at Castle Mill Works.

The store is set to create 50 jobs and give key workers across the Black Country access to low cost food and household products.

Company Shop Group’s innovative model also prevents millions of items from going to waste each year, with products sold to members at an average of 53% off the normal retail price.

Membership is open those working in the NHS, care and emergency services, and the food manufacturing supply chain.

Company Shop works with all the major retailers and manufacturers to redistribute excess stock which may otherwise go to waste, including from well-known brands such as Waitrose, Nestle, Iceland and Tesco.

All food and products sold are perfectly good to eat or use but have been deemed ‘surplus’ due to reasons including incorrect or wonky labelling, seasonal packaging, or overstock.

Jane Marren, managing director of Company Shop Group, said: “We have been looking for suitable premises in the Black Country for some time, and are excited to submit a change-of-use planning application to Dudley Council. Our new store will serve the entire Black Country and beyond, and will fulfil our longstanding commitment to the area.

“We pride ourselves on being an award-winning business which delivers outstanding value for the communities we serve, so we are pleased to be making this long-term investment in Dudley, the Black Country and wider West Midlands as part of our sustainable investment strategy.

“Not only will we create 50 new jobs in Dudley, but we will also support families across the region to stretch their household budgets whilst preventing millions of items from going to waste. We look forward to continuing to work with Dudley Council to realise all the benefits Company Shop Group can bring.”

The planning application is now the subject of a statutory consultation, with a final decision expected from Dudley Council in the autumn.