If moving house is stressful then moving an entire food processing plant is not for the fainthearted, as David Danil, Managing Director of Levantine can testify. Add to this the fact that the company’s existing site was subject to a compulsory purchase order as part of HS2 and you can understand why the leading producer of processed nuts and seeds was not relishing the prospect.
For food manufacturers, changing the location of a main processing plant can be a long, expensive, and frustrating process and the last thing they need are unnecessary complications that could pile on more expenses or create delays in getting the new facility up and operational. Also, unlike their retail counterparts, companies that produce food products often have complex needs in terms of access to resources such as power, water and waste management and this doesn’t always endear them to potential landlords, particularly if their space requirement is relatively low.
“Most companies have the luxury of planning a move as part of scheduled business expansion,” David explains. “When you are faced with a compulsory purchase order, however, you find yourself in a somewhat tricky situation, wrestling with a myriad of potential obstacles – the biggest of which are finding the right location and moving the processing facility with minimum delay and disruption.”