Ardo UK pumps £4M into cold store

By Rod Addy

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Left to right: Jim Everest, Ardo UK operations director, Barnes and md Stephen Waugh
Left to right: Jim Everest, Ardo UK operations director, Barnes and md Stephen Waugh

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Ardo UK has embarked on a £4M project to expand the frozen food firm’s cold store at Charing in Kent.

The frozen fruit and vegetable specialist has announced it has begun work to increase the size of the facility by more than 20%, taking overall storage capacity from 19,000 to 23,200 pallets. 

The extension would be fully integrated with the existing cold store and feature the same space-efficient mobile racking system and sensor-controlled, low-energy LED lighting, it said. 

“Our cold store is just off the M20 and close to the port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel, making us an attractive location for companies bringing in frozen goods from mainland Europe,”​ said Ardo UK supply chain and inventory director Jon Barnes.

‘Financially sustainable’

He said the facility would bring considerable financial benefits to the company on top of its main objectives, ensuring it remained protected from current economic headwinds.

“Although cold storage is not our core business, it is an important additional source of income that helps make sure we remain a financially sustainable business.”

In addition to the increased freezer space, the development would include new loading docks, which were able to accommodate double-decker trailers, he added. 

“Improved handling facilities and extra space all make for added flexibility and help us continue to improve and grow our cold store operation,”​ said Barnes.

‘Record Performance’

“The start of work on the extension follows a record performance by the business last year and our success in being named Frozen Food Manufacturer of the Year in 2013​ [in the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards​].”

Ardo UK opened its current site in Charing in 2000, expanding it in 2010​ with a new factory, packaging store and cold store extension. The new development is scheduled to be finished by October this year. 

Acoustic fencing and low level lighting will be used to ensure minimum light and noise disruption.

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