Foodservice giant’s largest depot in Europe will feature its proprietary US software and technology

Sysco's new depot will service London and the south east of England

Sysco’s new depot will service London and the south east of England

Foodservice wholesaler Sysco has unveiled a $100m project to create its largest depot in Europe.

The 475,000 sq ft site in Hemel Hempstead, which Sysco hopes to be fully operational by the start of 2026, is designed to offer “a next-generation service to foodservice businesses across London and the south east”, according to the company.

Sysco said the site will be the first in the country to fully benefit from the complete suite of technology and proprietary software currently in use at its wholesale distribution operations in the US.

As well as the benefits in customer service that the market-leading technology brings, the new depot will also add significant additional capacity to the existing network in the south east and aligns with Sysco’s ambition for growth in Great Britain, the company explained.

The depot will allow Sysco to store a more comprehensive range of fresh, frozen and ambient products locally, providing a faster response to customer demand.

Sysco will spend the next 18 months adapting the former Amazon site to make it suitable for foodservice operations, including the introduction of frozen and chilled areas and creating sustainability improvements across the site.

‘Unlike anything we’ve seen before’

Paul Nieduszynski, chief executive of Sysco GB, said: “The new Sysco London depot is a next-generation site, unlike anything we’ve seen before. As the largest Sysco site in Europe, it will offer a more comprehensive service to independent customers in London and the surrounding areas. It takes foodservice wholesale in Britain to an entirely new level.

“For the first time, we will be able to introduce the full suite of technology that benefits Sysco customers in the United States. The size of the depot will also allow us to be more responsive to customer demand by holding a full range of products on the edge of Greater London. The combination of scale, cutting-edge technology, range and service will set a new standard for foodservice wholesale in the UK.”