New shed: Chip maker Snack Brands commits to growth plan with $400m supply chain spend

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 10th December 2018

CHIPS company Snack Brands, whose lines include CC’s, Thins, Kettles, The Natural Chip Company, Cheezels and Jumpy’s, have in Sydney secured a large property to develop a state-of-the-art automated warehousing and distribution system, touted as one of  Australia’s largest industrial developments this year.

The new Erskine Park facility, with a 35-metre-high bay section, will be situated on land four times the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground and have an end value of more than $400 million, the chip maker says.

Neville Tapp, supply chain director at Snack Brands said: “This facility will support our growth strategies and enable us to enhance our customer service at the lowest possible cost.  We are excited about working with Altis and the team at TM Insight to deliver this project over the coming years.”

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TM Insight worked alongside Snack Brands in the development of the concept plan for the new site, ran the property procurement process and will be project managing the delivery of this highly automated and technical facility.

Travis Erridge, director of TM Insight said: “This is a significant step forward for Snack Brands in efficient operations for their customers.”

“Snack Brands are investing in their future with a world class facility and have looked at all options to determine the best solution that meets both their current and future distribution requirements.

“Property specifications were found on the back of a robust business case and operational design completed inhouse.

“TM Insight developed the business case, ran the property procurement process and will also project manage the build.

“This end-to-end service ensures Snack Brands have a partner throughout the process that will make certain the facility is delivered to its highly technical specifications with the integration of automation in the building structure,” added Mr Erridge.

Stage one of the development will be operational in Q4 2020.

The Universal Robina Corporation owned Snack Brands Australia has committed to both a pre-lease facility and adjacent land sale for a site area of 10.42 hectares.

Snack Brands

Snack Brands Australia is a young, Australian operated company, having acquired some of Australia’s iconic snackfood brands such as Kettle, Thins, Samboy, CC’s, French Fries, Cheezels and more.

“Our growth has been spectacular – from less than 15 million packets in 1996, we now produce over 200 million packets per annum. 74% of Australian households buy at least one of our products every year,” the company says.

“Snack Brands is proudly Australian made.”

TM Insight

TM Insight is a consultancy firm specialising in supply chain optimisation, property advisory and project services. Its services include supply chain network review and design, the implementation of lean practices, land acquisition and purchase, property and lease management and project management.