Wild Water Group, South Wales’ largest temperature controlled storage and distribution company, has purchased a 130 000 square foot warehousing facility on a 12 acre site in the Welsh Valley town of Aberbargoed, which will potentially generate up to 120 new work positions across management, supervisory, warehousing staff and apprenticeship roles.
The project is backed by a £1.7 million investment from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking and the Development Bank of Wales and has secured Welsh Government funding under the new economic contract.
Using a similar business model to the Group’s other three sites in Merthyr Tydfil, Llanishen and Cardiff Bay, the first phase of development will be the conversion of available space into a large ambient open plan co-packing facility, which will be operational early November 2018 to meet festive season demand.
During the first quarter of 2019, Wild Water Group will move the entire Cardiff Bay co-packing facility to Aberbargoed, once freezer facilities, production lines and machinery are in place.
The company will then continue services such as frozen to frozen storage, bagging, over wrapping, sleeving and tray sealing, as well as the full spectrum of print labelling applications required under the Food Safety Technical (CCP) specifications.
Ken Rattenbury, founder and Managing Director of the Wild Water Group, says:
“We are delighted that our vision of a ‘one stop shop’ for our customers is being realised and having a 24 hour, 7 day a week co-packing facility in the heart of Wales, is a game changer for our industry. We can now offer our customers a streamlined product supply chain package by integrating their co-packing requirements with the group’s warehouse and transport subsidiary companies.”
“Logistically, this works out to be more cost effective overall, but also lowers the carbon footprint on the transportation of food products, which is something we are passionate about, ”says Ken.
Wild Water Group has a current annual turnover of £6m and Mr Rattenbury believes the company can increase that figure by a further £2m within 12 months and then reach £10m within 2-3 years.