C&C Group opens new distribution depot in Heathrow

Orbital West C&C depot
The new distribution centre will create local job opportunities in transport, logistics and administrative functions

C&C Group underlines its commitment to industry-leading customer service as move to prime final-mile distribution depot in London is completed



4 March 2024

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C&C Group, the UK’s largest drinks distributor and owners has unveiled its new London distribution depot, Orbital West, in Heathrow.

According to the Bulmers-owner the new the move to the 113,600 sq. ft facility, which is 40% bigger than the previous London depot, forms a key part of C&C’s extensive network of depots across the UK and Ireland.

Andrea Pozzi, chief operating officer at C&C Group commented: “The opening of Orbital West is an important milestone for our distribution platform in the UK.

“Our new depot is crucial for our growth plans, allowing us to streamline our operations through advanced technology which will enable us to service our customers in and around London more effectively.”

New jobs 

The new distribution center is set to create a number of local job opportunities in transport, logistics and administrative functions.

C&C noted that it is continuing its collaboration with Big Issue Recruit – a specialist employment service which supports people who face barriers in joining sustainable employment – to place candidates into transport and warehouse roles.

Environmental credentials

Orbital West’s environmental credentials directly support C&C’s ESG strategy of ‘Delivering to a Better World’ and include:

  • Roof solar panels to provide 185,000 kwh per annum, equivalent to 30% of the consumption of the previous London depot
  • 19 internal combustion engine vehicles transitioning to HVO as a primary fuel, resulting in a reduction of over 350 tonnes of CO2 emissions from London operations
  • The introduction of zero emission vehicles within the next two months, with 22 18 tonne electric HGVs
  • Electric charging stations for both HGVs and employee cars

“We are proud of the environmental initiatives we have invested in at Orbital West, which highlight the central role our depots play in our journey to become a carbon neutral business and C&C’s ongoing commitment to minimise our impact on the environment and the communities in which we operate,” Pozzi added.

C&C Group’s distribution businesses in the UK include Bibendum Wine, Matthew Clark, Walker & Wodehouse, Tennent’s Wholesale in Scotland and Tennent’s NI in Northern Ireland.

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