Multi-million pound expansion at UK’s largest cold store

Temperature controlled food storage and distribution businesses, Reed Boardall, has finished a multi-million pound project to further expand its operation in North Yorkshire.

As volumes through the company’s cold store and transport operation continued to increase in line with the growth of customers’ businesses, Reed Boardall had put plans in place to expand capacity to 168,000 pallets prior to the start of the pandemic last year.

With four cold stores at the company’s 55-acre site in Boroughbridge, the 110,000 sq ft extension to its newest cold store will give Reed Boardall capacity to handle its customers’ continued growth and to seamlessly manage peaks in usage.

Led by Andrew Baldwin, managing director of the cold storage division, the extension project got underway in March 2020 with Leeds-based Marshall (Building Contractors) again acting as primary contractor.

Baldwin said: “Our customers’ ongoing organic growth has resulted in increased storage and distribution needs and we are happy to invest in the infrastructure which will enable us to continue to look after their best interests and to grow alongside them.

“We have undertaken this project to align ourselves with our customers, and, as a business, it’s vital we continue to move forward.”

Marcus Boardall, chief executive of Reed Boardall, added: “Despite intense pressure on the supply chain in 2020, we were able to undertake and complete the extension project on schedule.

“From the turmoil of the pandemic to uncertainties around Brexit, we and our customers have faced some real challenges over the last year, and this latest investment makes us well-placed to continue to swiftly and efficiently respond to our customers’ changing logistics requirements.

“Having consistently served the UK food sector for over 25 years, our single site business model and ability to consolidate loads cost efficiently have proved well-suited to the needs food processors and retailers across the UK.

“The extension to Cold Store 4 marks another important milestone in the company’s development, once again demonstrating our ongoing commitment to working as a reliable and trusted partner to leading food suppliers nationwide.”

Reed Boardall stores and delivers frozen food from manufacturers across Britain, Europe and further afield to all the UK’s best-known supermarkets.

It has a fleet of 196 vehicles delivering 12,000 pallets of frozen food daily, provides a range of complementary services including ancillary blast freezing, picking and packing and employs almost 800 staff at its site in Boroughbridge.