Third generation family business Troy Foods has extended its West Yorkshirebased operations with a £2m investment in a distribution hub at Stourton Link in Leeds, complementing its existing two processing plants in South Leeds and creating 20 new jobs.
Dating back to the 1920s, the business began as a vegetable wholesaler and now employs 350 staff as well as up to 400 agency workers in peak seasons. In the 80s, it moved into supplying prepared vegetables and now processes around 800 tonnes a week at its Royds Farm Road facility, supplying a selection of prepared vegetables for ready meals and retail packs in supermarkets. In recent years, Troy Foods has diversified into processing value added lines such as dressed salads, coleslaw, potato and pasta salads as well as mayonnaise and dressings. This operation, based at the company’s Hunslet facility, currently supplies around 1,000 tonnes a week.
Located close to Troy Foods’ two processing sites, the new 38,000sq ft distribution centre will provide ambient and chilled storage of raw materials, increasing capacity at the processing facilities and enabling production to be expanded. The company secured a five year lease on the new premises with the help of Clarion’s property team.
“Over the last four years, we have seen really strong growth, particularly in the wet salads and dressings part of the business which now accounts for the larger part of our turnover,” explains James Kempley, commercial manager at Troy Foods.