Bidfood to build test kitchen at new Worthing depot

Bidfood’s new Worthing depot.

This week, Bidfood has moved its Worthing depot to a new 64,000ft2 site in Lancing. The building, which is 60% larger than its previous home, has been opened as part of the business’ plans to provide the best infrastructure to deliver service excellence.

Included in the new facility will be a customer experience centre, which is currently in the planning stages. It will comprise a bar, deli, a fully operational industrial kitchen and non-food catering suite.

The space will facilitate Bidfood’s work in partnership with food and drink suppliers to test and develop new products, as well as support with menu development and innovation for its operator customers along the south coast.

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In addition, 100% of the current team are being transferred to the new site which boasts a large office space and new warehouse. The firm is aiming for the new office to appeal to local customers by offering a Sunday telesales service to help streamline Bidfood’s customer service along the south coast, from Bognor Regis, to Winchelsea and as far inland as West Horsley in Surrey.

The site will include a variety of sustainable features including: lighting that will ensure a safe working environment and photocell activation to reduce energy consumption, refrigeration that has zero ozone depletion potential and zero global warming potential, which should reduce energy consumption, as well as sustainable building materials and a ‘SUDS’ drainage system installed for storm water disposal.

Speaking about the new site, Norman Wemyss, COO at Bidfood, said: “It is an exciting time for our team in Worthing. The new site has an array of features that are designed to better support the needs of customers, which will in turn aid the team in their mission to continue to grow Bidfood’s business and provide service excellence on the south coast.

“The site development is a great opportunity to help grow and support the local economy by providing new business opportunities along with more jobs.”

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