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Wild Water Group expand with the opening of two new sites in England


Stephen Elias
Deputy Fund Manager
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Wild Water Group, South Wales’ largest cold storage chain, has announced its expansion with new territories in southern England.

The company, which has doubled its workforce since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, recently announced that it had acquired new sites in Plymouth and Avonmouth with a view to continue its reach further across southern England,

Two further new Wild Water Group sites have now been acquired in Taunton and Southampton. They bring the Group’s total site network up to eight storage facilities offering  a total of  551,000 sq ft storage space  for clients.

Wild Water offers bespoke cold storage solutions.  The latest acquisitions will help to grow the service to become the leading market provider in the region of bonded warehousing, distribution, order picking, full pallet picking, blast freezing, tempering, and cross docking.

The expansion has seen the Group’s capacity increase to over 56,000 frozen pallets, 6000  chilled pallets, and 10,000 ambient pallets, as well as a significant increase in their blast freezing capacity.

Ken Rattenbury, founder and Group Managing Director of the Wild Water Group has led his senior management team to carefully and creatively find new avenues for growth during a turbulent global financial crisis. He said: “We’re really pleased with the rate that we have been able to deliver on our 2021 goals to expand into southern England and thereby provide our customers with more options to suit their operational needs.”

Nigel Payne, Non-Executive Director said: “ Our sales focus this year has been on  promoting turnkey solutions to clients along with international export initiatives with our alliance partners. The Results Have been very encouraging to date.”

The Wild Water Group is part of a cold storage and supply chain alliance with GAC, a leading global shipping and logistics company, and GSL, who are part of the Al Shirawi Group Of companies based in the UAE and operate one of the largest cold store logistics and distribution companies in the Middle East.

The recent announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer awarding Freeport status to Plymouth is expected to help the Wild Water Group to further expand in the South West.  Food and drink hubs and export initiatives present specific opportunities along with the announcement that P&O Crusies will be opening up for British Isles cruises from late June 2021 with international cruises starting later this year.

Jake Rattenbury, Operations Director added: “Our growing network now boasts sites from Aberbargoed and Merthyr in the South Wales valleys, to the major cities of Cardiff, Newport, Bristol, and Plymouth. With the addition of Taunton and Southampton, the Group can further our distribution, cross docking, and export scope to cater for our customers’ changing needs following Britain’s exit from the EU. It’s really a testament to the whole Wild Water team that we’ve been able to grow continually in such challenging times and we’re excited for what the future will bring.”

Stephen Elias of the Development Bank of Wales said: “Our investment in the Wild Water Group dates back to 2018 when the company opened their site in Aberbargoed. Their growth over the last three years is really promising and we’re delighted that they are now expanding in line with their strategic objectives which are based on geographical expansion.”