RBS helps Spalding fruit distributor grow with new packing and office facilities


02-08-2007

Worldwide Fruit, the Spalding based international fruit marketing and distribution company, has announced it is set to expand its onsite facilities with the creation of a 8500 sq ft office and amenity block and a 52,000 sq ft factory to hold cold storage units and ripening rooms.

The new facilities are expected to be operational by October of 2007. Funding for the new offices and factory storage facilities was supplied through the Cambridge office of The Royal Bank of Scotland’s (“RBS”) Corporate team.

The total cost of the new build is expected to be in the region of £5million and the building design has encompassed the latest energy saving and control systems to include light weight insulation panels, in turn reducing the steel and concrete loads of the new build.

Heat recovery from the cooling equipment will be used for office heating. The factory will consist of 4 large fully racked cold stores, 10 double tier ripening chambers and a 22,000 sq ft temperature controlled packing hall with 13 packing lines, 4000 sq ft packaging stores, despatch area and engineering facilities.

The office block will host staff amenities and production staff on the ground floor with sales and accounts on the first floor.

Robert Balicki, CEO of Worldwide Fruit: “To meet the demands of our customers a more appropriate facility was required with a purpose built factory to guarantee our efficient levels of production. The new cold storage and ripening rooms are low maintenance and reduce our year round energy costs.

"Ed Urbas and the team at RBS have listened to our requirements and have delivered a flexible funding package we can utilise in the building of our new offices.

Ed Urbas, RBS Relationship Director in Cambridge: “Worldwide Fruit is a leading UK supplier and distributor of international fruit. Created in 2000 and now with a turnover in excess of £100m it has established an enviable catalogue of premium suppliers from both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. With funding in place for new offices and ripening facilities we are pleased to be able to contribute to Worldwide’s continued growth.”

 

The Royal Bank of Scotland is a major financial services group providing a range of retail and corporate banking, financial markets, consumer finance, insurance, and wealth management services. Locally RBS has a strong presence in the technology sector.

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