Norbert Dentressangle is celebrating 25 years at its site at Bellshill near Glasgow, with the renewal of its contract with Morrisons for a further five years.
Through its acquisition of Christian Salvesen, Norbert Dentressangle has operated the Bellshill DC since it opened in 1989, initially for Safeway and, since its own acquisition of Safeway in 2004, for Morrisons.
Employing more than 1,000 people in total, 35 of whom have worked at the site since it opened, Norbert Dentressangle is responsible for managing Morrisons’ 575,000 sq ft composite distribution centre, along with a further 85,000 sq ft fresh produce distribution centre, both serving Morrisons’ stores throughout Scotland.
Norbert Dentressangle handles Morrisons’ complete range of food products covering ambient groceries, bread, fresh prepared and frozen products and fresh produce, with the warehouse team receiving, picking and despatching around the clock seven days a week to ensure the best possible freshness for Morrisons customers. The company also manages Morrisons’ Scottish delivery operations, along with the supply of frozen food to stores in the north of England.
Norbert Dentressangle also operates the on-site Resource Recovery Unit which collects 60 tonnes of plastic and 900 tonnes of cardboard for recycling and sorts 1.1 million trays every month, helping Morrisons achieve its environmental targets.
Norbert Dentressangle and Morrisons are also exploring opportunities to extend the relationship beyond Bellshill and find synergies between their wider distribution operations, in order to maximise vehicle utilisation for both companies.
Ross Eggleton, Morrisons group logistics director, said: "We are pleased to have agreed a contract extension with Norbert Dentressangle for our Bellshill site following positive negotiations. I’d also like to recognise the contribution that the colleagues and site have made to the Morrisons business as they celebrate 25 years, a fantastic milestone especially for colleagues who have been with us since day one.”
With more than 500 stores throughout the UK, Morrisons operates a nationwide distribution network comprising eight major centres, including severn multi-temperature composite distribution centres, complemented by additional satellite centres and three convenience store centres.