Saturday 22nd Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Partner Logistics hangs on to Ice Cube

Ice Cube, a former Unilever Birds Eye distribution facility at Hams Hall owned by Goldman Sachs, has been taken by Dutch firm Partner Logistics in a deal worth around £17m. The company took the 197,623 sq ft frozen distribution unit to service the Birds Eye contract that it just happened to secure off rival Power Europe.

A spokesman for the company said: “There were two reasons for purchasing Hams Hall: one to ensure our new client (Birds Eye) did not have to be disturbed from Hams Hall while they await moving to our Wisbech site (still under construction), and two to gain a site in a strategically important location for the UK.

“We prefer to build our own stores, however the opportunity to enhance our rapidly growing network in the UK had to be taken seriously, and it was. There is scope to extend the facility when we are ready to do so.”