Community Foods illustrates its commitment to quality by contracting new dedicated chilled storage capacity.
Community Foods has entered into a long-term contract with The Commodity Centre in Braxted, Essex, to provide chilled storage for the company's raw materials. The Commodity Centre has been Community Food's long-standing warehousing and freight forwarding partner and they have made an initial investment of ?500k in chilled storage capacity to satisfy the current requirement.
The new chilled storage facility has been commissioned to ensure the quality of the products stored on the premises are maintained at an optimal standard throughout their stay. This a first for the DFNS sector in terms of scale.
The new unit in Braxted, which has the capacity to take 2,000 pallets, is a dedicated refrigerated unit for the DFNS sector. Its primary aim is to avoid the risk of infestation, as well as limiting the impact of aging brought about by excessive heat.
Martin Rome, Managing Director of Community Food, explains: "We believe this new facility is unique to the industry and is part of wider business strategy for Community Foods to maintain and improve product integrity from the field to the consumer.
"The Commodity Centre has been our warehousing and freight forwarding partner for many years, due to our shared values and site proximity. It was joined-up thinking that has successfully turned an innovative idea into a quality control solution. We look forward to continuing our long-term partnership with the Commodity Centre."
Alec Gunn, CEO of Commodity Centre Group stated: "This cooperation and improved storage facility for Community Foods in the UK joins recent major investments by the group across Europe and reflects our Mission Statement and aspirations."
Dean Warriner, Group Director from the Commodity Centre, adds: "We have had some really warm weather this year, with high temperature records being broken across the UK. The new unit is much more efficient in chilling the air and managing the humidity and has been designed to use up to 15% less energy and 10% less Co2 than previous units."
The new refrigeration facility is another example of how Community Foods, who are specialists in the procurement, sale and distribution of natural and organic dried fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, pulses and cereals for the retail and manufacturing sectors, have continued to develop their supply chain to ensure product quality.