George Kennedy - Operations Director, Fyffes
Fyffes plc is one of the largest tropical produce importers and distributors in Europe. The company has an annual turnover in excess of €1billion. Although best known for its bananas (it sells 44m cases in Europe each year) Fyffes is also a major force in the pineapple and melon markets.
In the UK, Fyffes has four banana ripening and distribution centres – Basingstoke, Coventry, Livingston and Normanton, West Yorkshire. The Normanton DC is a new, 60,000 sq ft facility – a replacement for a smaller building located nearby in Wakefield which had served as a Fyffes production centre for over 25 years.
The £520,000 project to automate the Normanton facility was won by LB Foster Materials Handling of Leicester. The contract included the manufacture and installation of production lines and an accumulating pallet conveyor which is over 100m long.View full case study