West Yorkshire food manufacturer expands with creation of new £2m distribution hub

James Kempley (left) and his father David (right) of Troy Foods with Simon Young of Clarion

Third generation family business Troy Foods has extended its West Yorkshire-based operations with a £2 million investment in a new distribution hub at Stourton Link in Leeds, complementing its existing two processing plants in South Leeds and creating 20 new jobs.

Located close to Troy Foods’ two processing sites, the new 38,000 sq ft distribution centre will provide ambient and chilled storage of raw materials, increasing capacity at the processing facilities and enabling production to be expanded. The company secured a five year lease on the new premises with the help of Clarion’s property team.

“Over the last four years, we have seen really strong growth, particularly in the wet salads and dressings part of the business which now accounts for the larger part of our turnover,” said James Kempley, Commercial Manager at Troy Foods.  “Last year, revenue in this division rose by 17% and we expect our total turnover to be close to £40 million this year.

“As we continue to take advantage of new opportunities within the food sector, such as the growth of discount retailers, we expect our business to continue to grow and the expansion into our third premises will enable us to increase production in line with customer demand.  Going forward, our longer term vision is to move both of our processing operations onto a single site while remaining in West Yorkshire.”

Mr Kempley added: “Having used Clarion for all of our legal work over the last five years, they have proved able to support us as the business has expanded and taken on the role of trusted adviser. From advising on property, employment and intellectual property matters to litigation and corporate, there’s no doubt in my mind that they have played an important part in our success.”

Simon Young, partner at Clarion, said: “Troy Foods has established a niche business, proving able to adapt to changes in what is a notoriously competitive and fast moving sector. With a heritage of almost 100 years, it has diversified to meet new eating and shopping trends while retaining a focus on customer service whether working with traditional supermarkets or newer discount retailers. In what is a very seasonal and time critical business, they have demonstrated an ability to provide high quality product and at the same time cope with the peaks and troughs in customer demand.”