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Liverpool is full of beans

[ February 26, 2018   //   ]

CWT Commodities, the UK’s largest importer of cocoa and coffee beans is to build a new warehouse at the Port of Liverpool

Mazdon Construction will build a 36,000sq ft warehouse and new offices on the site which the trader is leasing from Liverpool’s owner, Peel Ports.

Nearly 65,000 tonnes of cocoa beans, more than two thirds of the UK’s demand, arrive via Liverpool, close to factories in Yorkshire and North Wales. The port also handles around a third of the UK’s annual 150,000 tonnes of coffee bean imports. Approximately 80% of the cocoa and coffee beans arrive in containers, with the remainder in bulk vessels. Cocoa largely originates from Ghana and the Ivory Coast, and the coffee mainly from Vietnam, Brazil, Colombia and Indonesia.

Jason Cross, Director of CWT Commodities UK, said: “The Port of Liverpool is strategically important to us due to its geographical location resulting in reduced inland transport costs and carbon footprint for the supply chain involved in delivering to the factories.

“The continued investment we have made in logistical infrastructure such as the warehouses wouldn’t have been possible without the strong partnerships formed over many years with Peel Ports and Mazdon Construction.”

Managing director of Mazdon Construction, Alex Hemmings, said: “Having designed and built CWT’s previous warehouse schemes at the Port of Liverpool, we are pleased to be undertaking our third phase of warehouse construction with adjoining offices on three levels. Our successful relationship with CWT over the last 10 years has been founded on our ability to understand their commercial and operational needs, providing them with a bespoke design and build service here in the UK and ultimately delivering value engineered storage and handling facilities to meet their growing requirements.”

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