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New distribution hub for prepared vegetables and salads manufacturer

03 July 2016

Troy Foods has extended its West Yorkshire-based operations with a £2m investment in a new distribution hub at Stourton Link in Leeds, to complement its existing two processing plants in South Leeds and creating 20 new jobs. 

Dating back to the 1920s, the business began as a vegetable wholesaler and now employs 350 staff as well as up to 400 agency workers in peak seasons.

In the 1980s, it moved into supplying prepared vegetables and now processes around 800 tonnes a week, supplying a selection of prepared vegetables for ready meals and retail packs in the supermarkets. In recent years, the company has diversified into processing value added lines such as dressed salads including coleslaw, potato salads and pasta salads as well as mayonnaise and dressings. This operation currently supplies around 1,000 tonnes a week direct to the leading retailers and food service groups.

Located close to Troy Foods’ two processing sites, the new 38,000sq ft distribution centre will provide ambient and chilled storage of raw materials, increasing capacity at the processing facilities and enabling production to be expanded.

“Over the last four years, we have seen really strong growth, particularly in the wet salads and dressings part of the business which now accounts for the larger part of our turnover,” explains James Kempley, commercial manager at Troy Foods. “Last year, revenue in this division rose by 17% and we expect our total turnover to be close to £40m this year.

“As we continue to take advantage of new opportunities within the food sector, such as the growth of discount retailers, we expect our business to continue to grow and the expansion into our third premises will enable us to increase production in line with customer demand. Going forward, our longer term vision is to move both of our processing operations onto a single site while remaining in West Yorkshire.”


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