John West Foods has chosen Ceva Newsfast to handle its UK contract worth an estimated £6 million each year.
The long-term contract will begin on the 1st April and will be based at Ceva’s 755,000 sq ft multi-user distribution centre in Mendlesham, Suffolk.
An average of fourteen containers each day will come into the UK via the port of Felixstowe from John West’s canning factories in the Seychelles, Ghana and Portugal. Goods will then be handled through Ceva’s Mendlesham site, before being distributed through its shared-user network.
John West Foods was previously owned by HJ Heinz and all goods were handled through Heinz’ central warehouse in Wigan. JWF was sold in March 2006 to Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking with other leading European seafood brands Petit Navire (France) and Mareblu (Italy) in a deal worth 425 million euros.