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Bernard Matthews awards storage, distribution contract to Norbert

27 July 2012

Following a competitive tender process, the UK’s largest turkey farmer and supplier, Bernard Matthews, has appointed Norbert Dentressangle to manage its frozen and seasonal fresh national storage and distribution operation

Established in the 1950s, Norfolk-based Bernard Matthews Farms now employs more than 2,000 people, farms over seven million turkeys each year and supplies a wide range of fresh and frozen turkey products to many of the major grocery retailers and foodservice providers.

The new contract recognised Norbert Dentressangle’s ability to deliver an innovative solution to meet Bernard Matthews’ current requirements, along with further improvements through the continued development of the partnership.

Operating 24/7/365, Norbert Dentressangle is providing frozen and chilled storage and consolidation services within its shared cold stores at Easton and Lowestoft and is responsible for the picking and delivery of orders to around 500 delivery points throughout the UK and Ireland, typically on a Day 1 for Day 2 basis.

In support of the new operation, Norbert Dentressangle has invested £1.5 million in new facilities and is employing advanced communications and order tracking systems to provide operational transparency and control.

The company’s advantageous twin-centre solution, combined with its service focus, food industry competence and commitment to continuous improvement were major factors in Bernard Matthews’ decision.

Richard Hall, Bernard Matthews’ Supply Chain General Manager said: “Norbert Dentressangle put forward a highly compelling solution, supported by robust and detailed operational plans, a proven track record and the backing of a large and highly professional international organisation, all of which gave us absolute confidence to select them as our partner.”


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