Golden State Foods-owned KanPak, a supplier of beverages and desserts using aseptic processing technology, has opened an $11 million warehouse in Arkansas City, Kansas.
The 202,800-square-foot unit will store an array of finished and raw goods, including ingredients and packaging materials.
Completed in less than a year, the new site will service all KanPak customers, including Chick-fil-A, Whataburger, Tim Hortons, QuikTrip and Perrigo.
KanPak claims to offer “unique” processing of dairy products, allowing goods to be kept at ambient temperature. The company said that heat treatment and packaging kills enough bacteria so that milk, or similar products such soft serve ice cream mix, won’t spoil for extended periods of time (months or even years).
This innovation allows warehousing to keep two ambient temperature zones, 70°F (for raw goods) and 80°F (for finished goods), which is said to be a more sustainable process than a cold chain that uses additional energy in each step.
“This new warehouse will provide KanPak more direct control over our inventory, which results in cost savings for our customers,” said Larry McGill, chief executive officer of KanPak.
“Additionally, the proximity of the warehouse to our manufacturing plant is more efficient, and the elimination of a third-party facility allows KanPak to be a one-stop shop, providing our customers with even better customer service.”
Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, KanPak also has operations in New York, Connecticut, Canada and China. It produces a variety of dairy and coffee-based products, such as iced and cold brew coffee, ice cream, yogurt and frozen desserts, milkshake bases, packaged milk and creamers and specialty beverages.
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