NewCold has unveiled its newly-completed deep frozen storage and distribution centre in Wakefield, which, says the company, is now the largest of its kind in the UK. The Wakefield plant will handle 3,000,000 pallets annually and with a total volume of over four million cubic metres, the giant deepfreeze has the capacity to store 143,000 pallets – at a constant, minus 23 degrees. One hundred and seventy-five pallets come in and out every hour and just five minutes is required to unload NewCold’s bespoke-designed moving floor trailers.

Featuring some of the most advanced automated technology of its kind anywhere in the world, the NewCold plant is fully automated and minimal handling maintains product temperature, at all times. The operation is driven by Davanti software which has been improved year on year specifically to get optimum use of the automation. Furthermore, the dispatch bays are deep-frozen, whereby many conventional stores are chilled.