British Airways World Cargo has renewed its contract with Norbert Dentressangle for a further five years, moving the partnership into its second decade.
Originally hired in 1998, Norbert operates its 69,000 sq ft perishables handling centre at Heathrow Airport, providing a complete service from aircraft to shelf.
Consignments of fresh produce arriving from British Airways World Cargo’s three London gateways at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted are transferred to the centre in refrigerated vehicles.
The fully chilled facility, which is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, is the largest chilled airfreight distribution centre in the UK. All consignments are handled in a controlled environment until ready for dispatch direct to supermarket distribution centres and markets.
Norbert Dentressangle is responsible for all activities within the centre including on-site customs clearance, container unloading, sorting of consignments to individual customer orders, blast cooling, storage and stock control in segregated cold stores, quality control inspection and shelf life testing, labelling and order picking, store tray assembly and onward distribution to retailers’ RDCs.
The company also operates BAWC’s EU and DEFRA-approved Border Inspection Post for seafood, meat and dairy products requiring health inspection on arrival.