Background

Norish plc is a third party multi-temperature warehousing and logistics business providing services to importers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and distributors.

Norish plc was founded in 1975 and has been a public company since 1986. It is incorporated in Ireland and its shares are listed on the AIM market and it is also traded on the PLUS market platform. It operates in the UK from 6 strategically located sites and provides in excess of 56,000 racked pallet spaces, all of which are temperature controlled.

In order to provide integrated Supply Chain Solutions, strategic partnerships have been formed with a number of distribution companies to provide 'one-stop' storage and distribution packages for Norish's customer base. This approach ensures effective customer focused solutions are delivered by utilising the partner's core competencies.

All sites offer storage (including bonded), handling, de-vanning, picking and packing, cross-docking and distribution with freezing and other temperature controlled services available from the cold stores.

Strategy

Building long term relationships with customers through attention to their changing needs and the provision of a quality service. Norish is renowned for the superior performance of their operations, and the dedication and professionalism of their employees. The business is committed to ongoing investment in information technology and warehouse optimisation as a key means of maintaining competitive advantage.

The board and management of Norish believe there will be significant scope for further development leading to consistent growth in profitability.

They believe that this growth will be achieved through:

  • Expansion of certain existing facilities
  • Opening of new facilities
  • Broadening the range of services provided

In 2012, Norish plc acquired Town View Foods Limited, a protein commodity trading business based in Newry, Northern Ireland.

In 2016, Norish plc established Cantwellscourt Farm Limited, a large dairy farm based in Kilkenny, Ireland.

During 2018, Norish plc established Grass to Milk Company Limited. This company is developing an A2-protein milk supply and combining this with novel dairy processing IP, to develop an early-life stage milk-based beverage targeting high-value export markets. Grass to Milk Company is targeting commercial production in the second half of 2020.

History

  • Company founded 11th June 1975
  • Joint venture between Irish and Norwegian investors
  • First cold store opened in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan

1986

  • Norish became a public company
  • Listed on the Dublin and London Stock Exchange

1988

  • Norish Food Care Ltd enters GB cold storage market
  • Bury St Edmunds cold store acquired

1989

  • Irish operations expanded to 6 cold stores
  • Norish opens its second UK site at Brierley Hill

1995

  • Wrexham cold store built
  • Braintree cold store acquired

1996

  • Decline in Irish Intervention stocks
  • Irish cold stores sold

1999

  • B W Agencies, commodity storage business acquired
  • Sites at Belvedere, Felixstowe, Liverpool, Teeside & Hull

2000

  • East Kent Cold Storage Company acquired
  • York ambient storage business acquired from RSH

2005

  • Belvedere site sold
  • York and Wrexham sites purchased
  • Operations terminated at Felixstowe, Liverpool, Humberside and Teeside
  • Withdrawal from Commodity warehousing
  • Remaining 6 sites re-branded as Norish Ltd
  • Company focussed on multi-temperature food

2008

  • Norish acquire long leasehold of site at Gillingham in Kent.
  • Converted to 6,200 pallets spaces of chilled and frozen storage
  • Strengthens presence in the South East

2009

  • Norish open up operation in Leeds
  • Converted to 4,000 pallets spaces of frozen storage

2010

  • Norish purchase long leasehold of Leeds cold store

2012

  • Brierley Hill & Wrexham sites obtain approval to handle export of Pigmeat to China
  • Brierley Hill site re-planted with Ammonia Refrigeration
  • Acquires Townview Foods, a protein commodity trading business, based in Newry, N.Ireland

2013

  • Wrexham site gains USDA Approval

2014

  • Freehold of Brierley Hill site acquired
  • Foro International Connections founded; International food & non-food product sourcing for wholesalers, manufacturers and food service.
  • York site sold

2015

  • New 100 pallet capacity Blast Freezer Suite constructed at Brierley Hill

2016

  • Bury St Edmunds, Wrexham and Brierley Hill gains BRC Approval
  • Cantwellscourt Farm established, Dairy farm in Kilkenny Ireland

2018

  • Grass to Milk Company was established to develop an A2-protein milk supply and combining this with a novel dairy processing IP, to develop an early-life stage milk