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Source: Henderson Foodservice

MD Cathal Geoghegan said 2019 represented the company’s “strongest and most exciting year”

Sales at Henderson Foodservice rose almost a quarter last year.

The Northern Irish wholesaler told The Grocer its foodservice arm saw a 23% increase in turnover for the year to 31 December 2019.

MD Cathal Geoghegan attributed the rise to acquisitions and organic growth. In 2018, Hendersons bought BD Foods and Foodco, which added sales of £10.6m and £10.8m respectively. Like-for-like sales were up £11.1m. It was aiming to hit sales of £165m this year, Geoghegan added.

“2019 represented our strongest and most exciting year,” he said. “The growth of the company at such a rapid pace is testament to the dedication and commitment of the management teams and employees with a strong base of over 350 staff. 2020 for us is exciting, with our attention firmly remaining on “delivering the best service to every customer.”

Henderson Foodservice is investing in additional storage space that will double the capacity for ambient and chilled goods. A new £25m multi-temperature warehouse at its Mallusk HQ is set to be operational by the end of the year. It is also set to add more frozen storage space in Larne next month. The new facility will allow for 2000 more pallet spaces.