Sysco reveals plans to open London depot

Sysco has announced plans to support foodservice businesses across London and the South East with a new depot, which will be its largest depot in Europe

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.

Sysco is initially investing more than £79m 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.

The introduction of the depot will allow Sysco to store a more comprehensive range of fresh, frozen and ambient products locally, 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 introduction of frozen and chilled areas and creating sustainability improvements across the site.

Paul Nieduszynski, CEO of Sysco GB, said: “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.”

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