Cold-chain logistics company NewCold is investing $150 million to build a new cold store facility in Lebanon, Indiana, expanding its partnership with Conagra Brands.
According to a statement from Netherlands-based NewCold, the large-scale automated cold store facility will be the largest in Indiana and one of the largest in the US, with space for over 100,000 pallet positions.
The new facility is expected to be operational by 2022, and will feature automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) to automatically move and store products in the ‘dark’ high-bay warehouse.
Conagra Brands claims that the storage and distribution centre will support the growth of the company’s frozen food business, and the partnership with NewCold represents a significant step to modernising its distribution network.
Craig Weiss, senior vice-president of supply chain and chief transformation officer for Conagra Brands said: “At Conagra Brands, we’re modernising our distribution network infrastructure as part of our overall supply chain strategy.
“We’re partnering with NewCold to develop a new, state-of-the-art distribution centre that will support our growing frozen business so we can better meet the needs of our customers and consumers.”
Bram Hage, Founder and CEO of NewCold added: “It is very pleasing to see our continued growth in North America as we seek to build a long-term strategic relationship with Conagra, built on mutual trust.
“Our robust global pipeline includes the delivery of at least six new capital projects, as we continue to develop multiple large-scale automated facilities across Europe, Australia and North America. This momentum confirms a very positive future for customers and an innovation boost for the industry.”
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