PPS swoops for seafood logistics provider in expansion drive

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 18 Apr 2017

GRIMSBY seafood logistics provider PPS has acquired the fish box distributor, GW Containers, as it broadens its range.

The company, which has invested heavily in the town after acquiring TFA Box Company in 2010, swooped for the West Midlands operator.

It is the sole UK distributor for the market-leading Sæplast insulated containers and the RPC Promens fish box range.

In partnership with the manufacturers, the father-and-son owned business became a leading supplier to the fishing industry and animal by-products industry, in addition to supplying preferred products in meat, vegetables, battery recycling, waste and food processing.

David Peggie, chief executive of PPS, said: “We’ve admired the services and reputation of GW Containers for many years and we are proud to be able to take on the exceptional services and impressive customer base. 

“We are also delighted that both Graham and Gregg Witherington will remain with the company in their current roles to continue the further development of the business under the PPS banner.”

He said the acquisition will enable PPS to expand and enhance its current services to ensure customers have access to an even larger range of packaging solutions. 

Currently PPS offers the delivery, collection, asset tracking, washing, rental and repair of returnable equipment. 

The group also offers the sale of a wide range of returnable packaging via Alison Handling, the UK’s largest independent stockist, having added that to the group 18 months ago. 

PPS has enjoyed continued growth in its 15-year history, and now employs more than 150 people across its sites on South Humberside Industrial Estate, Grimsby, the Midlands and Kirkham.  It moves 25 million boxes a year for customers including retailers, food processors and the automotive industry.

Mr Witherington Snr said: “We’ve known of PPS for many years due to the complementary services they offered to our own. “Their reputation is second to none and we couldn’t think of a better partner to take the business forward.”

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