Rosie Cooper MP joined Fredericks owners Frank and Philip Frederick in officially opening the new £11 million Freezeserve cold store at the Fredericks Dairies’ Simonswood site on Friday 18 May.
Operated through Fredericks’ subsidiary Freezeserve, the multi million pound investment, located in Simonswood, is a welcome boost to West Lancashire’s economy and is one of the largest investments in the whole of the North West this year.
The high security cold store operates at a chilly –27 degrees and can store over 23,000 pallets. Even though the store is fully automated, 20 jobs have been created at the site handling administration, service and delivery roles.
Fredericks Diaries group produces ice cream under licence for major brands such as Cadbury, Britvic, Del Monte and Vimto.
Opening the new site West Lancs MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I was delighted to officially open Fredericks’ new Freezeserve cold store. I would like to congratulate Frank and Philip Frederick for their continued commitment and investment in West Lancashire.
“Fredericks has a reputation for excellence in the manufacturing of its ice creams, and investment of this kind is a real boost for the company and a boost for West Lancashire as the home of a company that is a leader in its industry. This summer we will see their products gracing the London 2012 Olympic Games.
“I wish Frank, Philip, Operations Director Terry Haigh and all the Fredericks team continued success for the future.”
Freezeserve Operations Director Terry Haigh said:
“Thanks to Rosie for officially opening our new site. This is a significant investment in West Lancashire and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the area.
“This new cold store is a sign of our intent to keep moving the company forward and being at the forefront of the ice cream industry”