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Grocery supplier expands with £40 million logistics facility outside Ipswich

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A major international grocery supplier LDH (La Doria) is expanding its operation in Suffolk with a new, £40 million distribution facility at Sproughton Enterprise Park, near Ipswich. The new plant on a former sugar beet factory site will employ more than 100 and create 30 new jobs and was part-funded through a £500,000 grant from New Anglia LEP’s growing business fund. LDH (La Doria) is a major supplier of Retailer Own Brand grocery products and will use new technologies and workflow systems to boost delivery times and productivity.

Paul Nicholas, logistics director at the company, said: “The choice of Sproughton as a site to locate our new operating facility was a lengthy process and in selecting Sproughton Enterprise Park we are confident it will future proof our supply chain offering.” Sproughton is one of ten sites which form New Anglia LEP’s space to innovate enterprise zone and which offer discounted business rates, simplified planning and superfast broadband.

Doug Field, chair of New Anglia LEP, said: “This is a huge investment and a real vote of confidence in the Sproughton Enterprise Park, Suffolk and the East. It’s also bringing growth, infrastructure and jobs to a key place and key industrial sector for the Norfolk and Suffolk Economic Strategy. LDH has recognised the advantages this site has to offer and many more firms are sure to follow.”

Photo (from left): Babergh councillor Nick Ridley, LDH logistics director Paul Nicholas, IBC leader David Ellesmere and Chris Dashper of New Anglia LEP.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 September 2018 12:18 )