PROVIDA Foods is set to invest $6 million in a new distribution centre on the outskirts of Palmerston North. Building on the 3,000sqm coolstore, freight centre and offices will begin this month, and is likely to be similar to Provida’s Hamilton business. Provida’s refrigerated freight service is used by both the grocery and foodservice sectors, with the company employing 144 staff across its Hamilton, Auckland and MountMaunganui facilities. Palmerston North has a growing distribution industry and is an ideally located to service the lower North Island.

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