3663 First For Foodservice will open an £18m multi-temperature depot this week and add two similar sites in a bid to create the perfect supply chain.

The foodservice giant will debut its 120,000 sq ft Paddock Wood depot on Tuesday and will close three smaller nearby sites in the next two months.

3663 says the new depot will give it greater capacity in the south east and make its supply chain more efficient. The depots to be shut are not multi-temperature and by moving their stock to a combined site, 3663 can dispatch goods in one multi-temperature lorry, taking vehicles off the road.

3663 has massively restructured its supply chain over the past 18 months, having shut seven other depots without multi-temperature capacity.

The opening of the Paddock Wood depot marked an end to phase one of the restructuring plan, said Alex Fisher, MD of 3663's wholesale division. Phase two will see multi-temperature depots in south Wales and the Midlands added and the possible closure of nearby sites without multi-temperature storage. But he said there was no timeframe for future moves.

"We are very excited about the latest addition to the depot network, creating much-needed capacity for growth," he said. "It has already helped attract new clients for the new year."

He added that the depot was environmentally-friendly, with rainwater harvesting, solar panels and low-energy lighting.

Meanwhile, 3663 owner Bidvest Europe has bought Czech ice cream maker Nowako and Polish foodservice group Farutex, adding £300m to its turnover.