The firm said the Galaxy 173 depot and plant, which is based on in Chadderton, Oldham, would go through a complete overhaul. That would include a new name, new design and a new warehouse management system. The company estimated that total costs for the move would equate to £12m. A spokeswoman for LWC Drinks told Food Manufacture it would create 'up to 50' jobs in year one of its operation.
The site is located 10 minutes away from the company's current site in Openshaw, 10 miles from Manchester city centre, and 1.5 miles from junctions 20 and 21 of the M60. The location would allow distribution to flow in and out seamlessly, the business claimed.
The move meant that The Hub and Manchester distribution would be operating out of a modern, innovative facility that was twice the size of the current site and could cater to the company’s ever-growing volume of stock and traffic.
Brands handled include Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Red Bull
Brands handled by LWC Drinks include Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Red Bull, Capri Sun, Lucozade, Schweppes and Fanta.
“LWC Drinks is thrilled to announce that it is relocating to a substantially larger site in Oldham," said Ebrahim Mukadam, managing director at LWC Drinks. "After another year of impressive growth, in which we outgrew our current site, the time has come to move to a site that provides the growth room we need, in an environment that will support and drive business efficiencies.
“The new Manchester Hub and distribution centre marks a huge moment in LWC’s journey, highlighting to staff and business partners how, even in these uncertain Brexit times, business can still prosper, and industry demand remains strong.
“We look forward to welcoming colleagues and customers to the new site next year.”
The business, which turned over £345m in the year ending September 2019 – a rise of 15% on the previous year – has enjoyed continued growth over the past five years. It has forecast a steady 10% increase for the next year.