Sharp Interpack opens Scottish soft fruit distribution centre

Plastics packaging manufacturer Sharp Interpack has opened a distribution centre in Carnoustie, in Angus, to better serve the Scottish soft fruit market.

The firm opened the centre after identifying the region as a key growth market.

It has already set up production plants in Kent, Somerset and Bristol and, to serve Europe, bases in The Netherlands and Spain.

Gemma Clayhills-Henderson, a packing hall manager for Berry Gardens grower Geoffrey Bruce said: "We welcome the opening of the new distribution centre in Carnoustie - as a company that supplies to local markets, we are also keen to purchase from a local source."

"Based in Perthshire, we are quite some distance from the majority of UK food packaging providers and, as a result haulage costs are always on the agenda.

"Sharp Interpack's decision to open in Scotland offers continuity of supply from a relatively local distribution centre, reducing our haulage costs."

Andrew Copson, deputy managing director at Sharp Interpack added: "Scotland is an important and growing market for us. We have relationships with Scottish growers spanning several years. Our decision to open a distribution centre in Scotland was a strategic one to serve this market long term."

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