Bringing business growth in from the cold

December 6, 2013 2:02 pm
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Coriolis-led expansion project enables Dairy Crest to deliver great service.

The chilly commercial climate is no barrier to future focussed growth investment for Dairy Crest. The company recently selected Nottingham based global management consultancy Coriolis as the perfect partners to manage a pivotal £3.1 million capital investment project for their Foston dairy facility. The project was finished on time and 10% under budget, making it yet another sparkling success for Coriolis and adding to their proven track record of providing solutions in operational excellence, supply chain and capital project management for the food industry.

Dairy Crest delivers nearly 2 billion litres of fresh milk annually and is known for much loved consumer brands such as Cathedral City and Country Life. The company challenged Coriolis to help them expand the Foston cold store facility at Dove Valley Park by 8,622 sq ft to a future proofed 22,600 sq ft, all in a time frame that enabled Dairy Crest to serve the Christmas volumes demanded by customers that include grocery giant Tesco. Dairy Crest Chief Executive Mark Allen was confident in his choice of consultancy having worked with Coriolis on previous successful projects. Mark says, “The cold storage capacity had to be completed within a tight timeframe to meet our Tesco commitments. We knew we were in safe hands and we’ve been delighted with the outcome.”

Coriolis Project Director Mike Roberts says “We had to deliver the extension within 24 weeks in a live factory environment – a real challenge. We completed on time and 10% under budget, giving Dairy Crest the time to fulfil their commitment to major retailers.” The detailed technical specifications of the expansion demanded careful planning and accurate delivery.


Dairy Crest Foston Facility Expansion: Technical details

Investment: £3.1 million

Project commissioned: April 2011

Works begun: July 2011

Works completed: December 2nd 2011

Size of expansion: 8,622 sq ft bringing facility size to 22,600 sq ft

Work carried out: Addition of 5 internal loading bays, two external loading bays, access road, 8,700 sq ft trolley yard, overhead trolley system, provision for two further external loading bays.

Technical installations: State-of-the art cooling system to keep temperature sensitive products between 3 and 5 degrees centigrade. Energy conserving lighting and motion sensors. Advanced fire detection system.

Capacity provision: Took on-site pick volumes to 250 million litres per annum. Met Tesco operating specifications and peak Christmas requirements.

Site sensitivity: Project completed on a ‘live’ site without disruption to functionality and impact on existing business.


Dairy Crest undertook the project as part of a phased expansion plan that will see the plant reaching pick volumes of up to 440 million litres per annum. Coriolis’ delivery and vision has ensured capacity for medium term growth and an exceptional return on capital investment.

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