The Co-operative Group has boosted its distribution capacity with the acquisition of Norpak Food Services from United Co-op.
The deal includes Norpak's two coldstore depots at Cold Meece and Eccleshall in Staffordshire. The two sites boost the 17 depots and two sub-depots operated by the Co-operative Group's distributor ACC Distribution.
However, the society said Norpak would retain its operating name, continue to distribute all United Co-op's food and to offer storage and distribution facilities to third parties. Malcolm Hepworth, chief operating officer for retail at the Co-operative Group, said: "The acquisition presents us with a wonderful opportunity to further consolidate our position as the distribution provider to the wider Co-operative movement."

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