Wholesale co-op Suma is expanding its team of short-term pickers following “unprecedented growth” in demand.

The wholefood specialist is recruiting 10 pickers in its Elland warehouse, on top of the 20 already recruited so far this year, to work for a minimum of three days for up to nine months. Sales manager Andrew Mackintosh said demand had been driven by c-stores within the M25 increasingly offering wholefoods, as well as rural and destination retailers, and online sales through Amazon.

Overall sales had grown 20% over the last two years and Suma is on track to exceed its 2014 target of £44m, he said.

As a result, the company is looking to expand its warehousing to cope with demand. It currently operates a Southern hub out of Huntington, but may expand this operation into a second warehouse to cover the “under-serviced” South West.

“It has shown it can pay its way,” Mackintosh said. “The growth means we will have to do something - and quickly. We can’t continue to service at the current level over the next three to five years.”