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The Yearsley Food story

How a Rochdale fruit and vegetable seller became part of Lineage, the world's leading and most innovative provider of temperature-controlled logistics solutions.

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A Lineage Company

In 2018, Yearsley Food was welcomed into the Lineage family, the latest in a long line of prestigious and respected cold chain companies to become part of the world’s largest and most innovative provider of temperature-controlled logistics solutions.

Thanks to Lineage’s unique ‘best of breed’ approach – integrating the strengths, accomplishments and insights of those businesses that join its family into its own practice – Yearsley Food warehousing and distribution assets are now part of the largest network of temperature-controlled facilities in the world. It allows us to expand our reach of suppliers, partners and customers on the international stage.

Meanwhile, the company’s reputation for expertise in sourcing and producing the highest quality ingredients and frozen food products means it is now recognised as a truly global brand.

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The early years

The first business to bear the Yearsley Food name was set up in Rochdale in 1952 selling fresh fruit and vegetables. It became a limited company in 1955.

The post-war years were a time of immense change in the UK with many innovations, such as the growing availability of chilled and frozen food, making life more convenient for millions of people. In 1974, Yearsley Food opened its first cold stores to capitalise on this expanding market.

More expansion followed, including a new frozen food facility in Coleshill and the launch of a subsidiary company, Belfield, to distribute frozen foods exclusively from overseas suppliers.

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A national network

Yearsley Food was now well on its way to becoming a national multi-site operator for frozen food sales and cold storage. By the early years of the 21st century, it had opened centres in Gillingham and Seaham and acquired two further frozen food business to add to its distribution network.

In 2012 the company acquired seafood importer, IcePak, allowing us to supply our customers with the finest quality, sustainably sourced seafood at the best possible prices.

That same year, an ambitious programme of investment and innovation saw Yearsley Food launch a number of frozen food distribution hubs, including one on the site of its head office in Heywood, Lancashire. These state-of-the-art facilities use advanced automation and stock management systems to optimise storage and supply chain logistics and guarantee customers the best possible value and service.

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An ethical food choice

Among Lineage’s corporate values is a commitment to ‘doing good, while doing well.’ Today, Lineage and Yearsley Food are proud to be part of a global family of companies serving the needs of the food industry while reducing energy consumption, minimising food waste and protecting the world’s food supplies.

Every team member and every company in the extended Lineage family has a shared purpose: To transform the food supply chain to eliminate waste and help feed the world.

Every innovation, every new development, every acquisition is aimed at fulfilling that purpose. From the warehouse floor to the boardroom, from the farm gate to the family dinner table, Lineage’s mission is to connect people to food. Today, tomorrow and always.

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