£7m Nestle hub upgrade creates more jobs

Posted on: 9/15/2015

A major distribution hub for Nestlé will create more jobs than originally planned following a £7m overhaul, managers said.

The refurbished warehouse in Bardon, which is run by logistics firm Eddie Stobart, is expected to be fully operation by the end of the year.

The site has handled Nestlé distribution for several years but now it will take on double the amount of stock for the confectionary giant, following the closure of another warehouse. This will amount to about 75% of UK deliveries of products such as Kit-Kats, Smarties and Nescafe coffee products being handled from the convenient East Midlands location.

When the plans for the revamp were first revealed back in February, bosses said it would create about 40 jobs.

They have now said 62 extra staff are being taken on to cope with the extra workload – bringing the total number of staff to 185.

Sean Brogan, from the business development division of Eddie Stobart, part of the Stobart Group, said the business was ‘delighted’.

He said: “We’ve done an extensive fit-out of the warehouse in order to be able to handle seasonal products for Nestlé – Easter eggs and Christmas boxes.

“We’ve put in a lot of specialised kit, upgraded the crane technology that was in there. It now has a capacity of more than 100,000 pallets, which is about as big as it gets, in warehouse terms. We’re about 70% of the way there and we’re expecting everything to be finished by Christmas, but we’re already taking on staff. This is a fantastic business opportunity for Stobart – we’ve had a long-term relationship with Nestlé but this really affirms our partnership”

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