Hunt's Food Group builds additional warehouse capacity

By Michelle Perrett

- Last updated on GMT

The company has built an additional warehousing facility
The company has built an additional warehousing facility

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Hunt's Food Group has opened a new 4,000 sq ft warehouse at its head office in Ludbourne Road, Sherborne.

The business supplies over 6,000 customers across the Foodservice, Retail and Natural Foods Sectors. 

The new warehouse can hold 336 pallets which, the company revealed,  has “significantly​” increased ambient storage space. 

With the new facility, Hunt's said it can increase its holding of non-food lines such as chemicals, packaging and disposables. 

Increased stock

The Hunt's frozen stock has always been supported by its two sites at Stalbridge and Hazelbury Bryan that can hold a combined 4,000 pallets 

Throughout the pandemic, Hunt's increased its stock holding by around 50% due to issues with transport hauliers, products stuck at ports and suppliers struggling to keep up with demand. 

Purchasing director Jason McGhee said: “Our strategy has been to increase our stock holding to ensure we don’t let our customers down and service levels suffer. Investing back into the business in stock and warehousing space supports one of our core values of being trustworthy and dependable." 

Charitable causes

Since March 2022, Hunt’s Food Group transferred to using HVO Biodiesel to power its trucks. The move away from conventional diesel for the majority of vehicles has resulted in a reduced carbon footprint of 76% . 

Last month, the company pledged to donate £150,000 to charitable causes during the year. It decided to support a network of food banks throughout the South and those local to their distribution depots. One of the charities is called Devon & Cornwall Food Action Group and is based out of Plymouth in Devon. 

The news comes as Orchard House Foods announced plans to close its production facility​ in Gateshead, with 430 jobs at risk of redundancy.

While Non-HFSS brand, Urban Legend​, is set to open a new custom-built factory after signing a deal with supermarket chain Tesco to stock its doughnuts across the capital.


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