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Troy Foods expands to new £2m distribution hub with the help of the Clarion’s commercial property team

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Third generation family business Troy Foods has just secured a five year lease on a new £2m distribution hub, with assistance from Clarion Commercial Property Lawyers Leeds.

Based at Stourton Link in Leeds, the new hub will complement the company’s existing two processing plants already operating in South Leeds, extending its West Yorkshire-based operations and creating 20 new jobs in the local area.

Troy Foods originated in the 1920s, when the business began as a vegetable wholesaler. The company moved into supplying prepared vegetables in the 1980s, and further expanded into processing value added lines such as coleslaw, mayonnaise, dressings and other dressed salads in more recent years. Its Royds Farm Road facility processes around 800 tonnes of prepared vegetables per week, supplying them for ready meals and retail packs to be sold in supermarkets. Its dressed salads operation, based at their Hunslet facility, currently supplies around 1,000 tonnes per week direct to leading retailers and food service groups.

In total, the company now employs around 250 permanent staff, as well as up to 400 agency workers during peak seasons. 

The new 38,000sq ft distribution centre is located close to Troy Foods’ existing two processing sites and will provide ambient and chilled storage of its raw materials. The creation of the new distribution hub will allow for increased capacity at the processing facilities, enabling production to be expanded.

“We’ve seen some really strong growth over the last four years, with revenue in our wet salads and dressings part of the business now accounting for the larger portion of our turnover,” explains James Kempley, commercial manager at Troy Foods. “During the last 12 months, revenue in this division increased by 17% and we expect our overall turnover to be close to £40m this year.

“We expect our business will continue to grow as we take advantage of new opportunities within the food sector, particularly the growth of discount retailers. Expanding into our third premises will allow us to increase production in response to customer demand. Looking ahead, our long term vision is for both processing operations to be run from a single site in West Yorkshire.”

Mr Kempley explains: “Clarion has taken on the role of a trusted adviser over the last five years, supporting us fully with all of our legal work as our business has grown. From offering advice on litigation and corporate, to property, employment and intellectual property matters, I’ve no doubt that Clarion have played a significant role in our success. They are an excellent firm with staff who not only understand our business, but are personable and straightforward in their approach.”

Simon Young, partner at Clarion, says: “As an established, niche business, Troy Foods has proved capable of adapting to changes in a fast moving sector that is notoriously competitive. With a heritage that dates back almost 100 years, whether they are working with traditional supermarkets or newer discount retailers, the company has managed to diversify its offering to appeal to new eating and shopping trends yet still remain focused on customer service. Troy Foods has demonstrated an aptitude for managing the peaks and troughs in customer demand whilst still providing a high quality product, in what is a very seasonal and time critical business.”