Goodman Fielder depot opens
The official opening of the new Goodman Fielder distribution depot in Marlborough was celebrated with a scull of blue-top milk.
About 50 of the food company's Marlborough staff, contractors and customers joined New Zealand managing director Peter Reidie to open the depot yesterday in Fielders Close in the Cloudy Bay Business Park near Blenheim.
Mr Reidie said the building and site layout had been designed to increase distribution efficiency and cater for the growing Marlborough population, including the new Pak'n Save supermarket opening next year.
"This depot will be crucial in providing the framework for the continued growth of Goodman Fielder's brands and operations in the upper South Island."
The 685 square metre building is on a 3000 square metre site and cost more than $1.1 million to build, he said.
It replaces the company's old dairy depot at the corner of Alabama Rd and Redwood St and its bread depot on the corner of Sutherland and Kinross streets.
The new Blenheim depot was the first in New Zealand to merge the company's dairy, baking goods and bread divisions, which would be replicated in other regions he said.
Goodman Fielder is one of New Zealand and Australia's largest food companies. It manufactures and distributes household grocery items such as Meadow Fresh, Vogels, Molenberg, Freyas, Natures Fresh, Irvines, Ernest Adams and Edmonds.
Most of Blenheim's bread is baked in Nelson, its dairy is delivered from Christchurch, and some pies and pizzas are made in Dunedin. Marlborough contractors organise the delivery of the goods from the Blenheim distribution centre.
The company estimated that every man, woman and child in Marlborough consumes almost 80 Goodman Fielder products a year, including more than 2.3 million litres of milk and 1.5 million loaves.
The Marlborough Express