Fletchers Group of Bakeries has completed a £1m expansion of its cold storage facilities to double capacity and enhance environmental and technical efficiencies at its dedicated foodservice business unit Kara.
Kara, which specialises in frozen buns, rolls and doughballs for the food service and convenience sectors, has converted an existing building into a new state-of-the-art cold store replacing a previous facility.
The new storage area will allow greater internal efficiencies with improved operational handling, stock rotation and more accurate temperature control.
It will aid despatch to more than 300 wholesalers and end-users based in the UK, as well as countries across Europe.
The Kara project by the Fletchers Group forms part of a £12m capital investment programme in 2013 – the £1m new Kara cold store in Manchester, a £4m expansion of food manufacturing facilities at London-based Grain D’Or and the creation of a brand new £7m production facility at the Fletchers site in Sheffield.
Kara general manager Jeff Dean said:
“Kara is consistently growing due to improving performance levels, innovative product development and the support the customer receives. Our facilities have got to match our exacting customer standards.
“Cold storage is an essential part of the production process and our previous facility had become outdated.
“This is more energy efficient, enables us to handle products in a more orderly way with less movement and offers us greater efficiency in dispatching the product to third party distributors.
“This project has allowed us to double our storage capacity to now hold up to 1,000 pallets at any one time whilst retaining high levels of quality and food safety.
“The new facility complies with all the latest regulations and is far easier to maintain.”
Kara worked with food factory construction specialist Clegg Food Projects on the nine month project minimising disruption to existing storage and despatch schedules.