New Sysco super depot will serve the south east

Sysco is investing $100m in the new 475,000sq.ft. site in Hemel Hempstead, which previously belonged to Amazon

One of the world’s leading foodservice wholesalers has announced plans to create its largest depot in Europe, which is designed to offer a next generation service to foodservice businesses across London and the South East.

Sysco is initially investing $100m in the new 475,000sq ft site, which will be the first in the country to fully benefit from the complete suite of technology and proprietary software currently in use at Sysco’s wholesale distribution operations in the United States. As well as the benefits in customer service that this market-leading technology brings, the new depot will also add significant additional capacity to the existing network in the South East and aligns with Sysco’s ambition for growth in Great Britain.

Paul Nieduszynski, CEO of Sysco GB, comments: “The new Sysco London depot is a next generation site, unlike anything we’ve seen before. As the largest Sysco site in Europe, it will offer a more comprehensive service to independent customers in London and the surrounding areas. It takes foodservice wholesale in Britain to an entirely new level.

“For the first time, we will be able to introduce the full suite of technology that benefits Sysco customers in the United States. The size of the depot will also allow us to be more responsive to customer demand by holding a full range of products on the edge of Greater London. The combination of scale, cutting-edge technology, range and service will set a new standard for foodservice wholesale in the UK.”

The introduction of the depot will enable the company to store a more comprehensive range of fresh, frozen and ambient products locally, thus providing a faster response to customer demand. 

Sysco will spend the next 18 months adapting the former Amazon site in Hemel Hempstead to make it suitable for foodservice operations, including the introduction of frozen and chilled areas and creating sustainability improvements across the site.

Over the next 10 years, the new site will help contribute to the creation of 850 jobs and will be fully operational at the beginning of 2026.

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