Boughey Distribution is a leading consolidator of ambient grocery products with significant warehousing and distribution assets.

The business consolidates full loads from its customers, the food producers and importers, and ships across the UK daily to all the major supermarkets, cash and carry and food service customers.

  • Business development activity to maintain utilisation at the Wardle site
  • Palletline continues to expand with further options considered
  • Remain focused on excellent levels of customer service

This has been another strong year in Food despite the supermarkets’ continued competition for market share. The business has operated efficiently with its warehouses remaining full throughout the year, and the business responded effectively to increased demand for our customers’ products measured in outloads, whilst service levels have been maintained at 99.7%. The Palletline operation in Cheshire has developed ahead of expectations and has greater resources deployed. The Mercedes trucks brought into the fleet have continued to perform well, ahead of our initial expectations, and more of these trucks will be brought into the fleet in the coming months.

Revenue increased 3.7% to £39.0 million (2016: £37.6 million). Storage overall was at an average of 97,000 pallets (2016: 97,000 pallets), reflecting the full-year benefit of customers won in the prior year and some organic customer growth. This offset lower contracted volumes with a major customer, as previously announced. Total loads were 6.3% higher than the prior year. Headline operating profit increased by 11.1% to £3.0 million (2016: £2.7 million), as a consequence of increased activity, improved backload revenue and increased Palletline activity. As previously announced, we have storage capacity available at Wardle and have increased business development activity to fill this space during 2018.

Demand for our customers’ products continues to be stable and the outlook for most product categories handled by the business is resilient. The business operates in a competitive supply chain and needs to continually demonstrate the value and service that it provides to food manufacturers and importers. The business has a leading position in consolidating ambient grocery products in the North West, with high service levels, industry leading systems and a strong operating performance being the key components of its customer proposition.