Case studies

Case studies

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 included the manufacture and installation of production lines and an accumulating pallet conveyor which is over 100m long.

George Kennedy - Operations Director, Fyffes

“We chose LB Foster because they had a better understanding of our brief – and that included the price. More than that they also demonstrated a willingness to understand what the job really entailed.”

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