Storage and transport of Jus-Rol pastry products is now being handled by Celsius First at South Kirkby as part of a new contract with General Mills Bakeries and Foodservice worth some £1.95M a year.
In the first phase of the contract, Celsius First’s Grimsby cold store took over the storage and distribution of Häagen-Dazs ice cream products at the end of last year, which involves storing an average of 1,100 pallets.
Even greater space is required to store Jus-Rol products at South Kirkby – around 4,000 pallets. There are more than 150 Jus-Rol product lines – including all kinds of pastry and ready-to-bake items like Canapés, Strudels and Veggiepuffs – many of which are for foodservice use.
Daniel Woodhead, commercial manager for Celsius First, is heading an Implementation Group to ensure the smooth handling of the new work at South Kirkby. He says that a major reason for selecting the South Kirkby site was that it already deals with several other foodservice lines. “We can offer a better service for foodservice products at South Kirkby because there are more opportunities to consolidate deliveries,” he says.
Under the contract Celsius First is responsible for all Jus-Rol logistics, including collecting product from the Jus-Rol factory at Berwick-upon-Tweed for delivery to South Kirkby, storage, picking and outward distribution.
IT solutions are central to the Celsius First service, and both the South Kirkby and Grimsby sites have General Mills SAP terminals on site, which ensure good and timely visibility and link in with Celsius First systems.