Both their Wisbech, Cambridgeshire and Gloucester warehouses met all the BRC requirements following two days of on-site auditing at each location that examined every aspect of the firm’s operations.
Commenting on the announcement, Jon Miles, Head of UK Operations at Partner Logistics, said: “Achieving this accreditation provides both existing and prospective customers with the confidence and reassurance that the highest quality standards are being met and maintained at all times.”
Located in the heart of the Fens, the firm’s Wisbech facility is the UK’s largest deep freeze warehouse with a capacity of 77,000 pallets, while the Gloucester site can store up to 72,000 pallets. Both state-of-the-art warehouses operate at temperatures down to -28°C, are fully automated and designed to the highest environmental specifications.
The warehouses, which are also the largest in the UK, were recently acquired by a newly formed company Ice Cold Storage BV. The new company has taken on the infrastructure and management team from Partner Logistics along with 80% of its pallet capacity which includes four other warehouses in the Netherlands and Belgium as well as the trade name which it also acquired as part of the deal.
Due to the lack of profitability, the former Partner Logistics site at Hams Hall was not included in the deal and as of 21st June is no longer part of the Partner Logistics group. Several other sites in Europe were also not part of the deal.
Partner Logistics is a market leader in Europe for the provision of state-of-the-art, highly automated warehousing primarily for frozen foods. It currently operates six facilities – two in the UK, three in the Netherlands and one in Belgium.