Culina Group has opened for business as the anchor occupier at Port Salford National Import Centre, the UK’s first tri-modal logistics facility.
Great Bear Distribution, who joined the Culina Group last month through acquisition, will be managing warehousing and distribution of a range of ambient brands from the showpiece 280,000 sq ft. facility.
Great Bear is now the ambient division of Culina Group. The new Port Salford facility will be fully branded as Great Bear and offers 45,000 pallet spaces, 30 loading doors, 30,000 sq ft of contract packing and 130 trailer parking spaces, whilst also creating 280 jobs in the area.
“Port Salford is a truly cutting-edge facility, and one that Culina Group and Great Bear are really proud to be initiating,” said Thomas Van Mourik, Culina CEO.
“This development is not just changing the dynamics of UK transport and logistics by dramatically improving direct supply chain routes across England and Scotland, but it’s also resulting in significant carbon emission reductions and environmental savings.
“Port Salford is taking a revolutionary approach to logistics in the UK, and it’s our great people who are going the make it a success. These are really exciting times for all of us.”
From the outset, General Mills (UK/Ireland) is in situ as a Culina Group/Great Bear client. Its brands - such as Old El Paso, Green Giant, Betty Crocker, and Nature Valley - will be arriving by short sea freight from Europe, saving a significant amount of road haulage miles per year whilst at the same time providing a “future-proof” solution to market trends.
Port Salford is a massive investment by Peel Ports Group, which will create 1,600,000 sq ft of warehousing. Its unique location will allow direct vessel access from the new Liverpool2 Terminal at the Port of Liverpool, due to open later this year.
This is all part of the bigger global plan by Peel Ports to develop Liverpool as a deep water container terminal and a key Atlantic Gateway.