Bidfood has expanded its reach in the north of England with a new depot in Penrith, Cumbria.
It means that Bidfood now has an additional 21,357 sq ft of ambient storage and 5,078 sq ft of freezer storage, serving a variety of customers within the region, including Center Parcs and Beacon Hill School.
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 cheese and meat suppliers to offer its national customers local Cumbrian produce.
Bidfood acquired the depot from Blakemore Cash and Carry where staff will be employed by Bidfood and more employment opportunities will also be provided.
“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,” said Norman Wemyss, chief operating officer at Bidfood.
“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.”
Bidfood now has 22 depots operating across the UK.