A LEADING Kent based seafood distributor has chosen Grimsby as the launchpad for its expansion into the north of England.
Nortrade Foods has submitted a planning application to build new cold store, warehouse and distribution centre on the outskirts of the town.
The multi million pound project will initially create ten full time jobs. The move will be seen as an important shot in the arm for Grimsby’s reputation as the UK’s leading seafood processing and distribution town.
Nortrade Foods plans to use the base to import and distribute frozen fish. It currently operates from its main cold store facility at Hawkhurst in Kent and a planning submission says: ‘It is proposed that this new development will be its northern distribution depot.
‘This will enable the company to offer the same service to existing customers and new customers in the north who are currently serviced from the Kent depot, thereby providing a more sufficient service.’
The proposal is to divide the existing site, which is near a large car storage park, into two parts, the first about half an acre in size for the cold store (operating at minus 21 deg C), distribution warehouse and associated works, all within a fenced compound.
The company says: ‘We have long term working relationships with some of the best factories located all over the world, all of whom are quality assured and have strict quality regimes in place.
‘This enables only the finest quality product to be imported and distributed, via our own refrigerated fleet, to customers all over the United Kingdom and Ireland.’
Its product range consists of more than 400 different species, many of which are identified by its own brands, such as Royal Star, Polar Star and Thai Star.
Nortrade Foods has a 2,800-tonne cold store with adjoining offices in Hawkhurst, built in 1998 and expanded in 2007.
It also owns its own fleet of refrigerated vehicles consisting of 7.5-tonne and 18-tonne trucks. An independent transporter is used for national deliveries throughout UK and Ireland.