Interesting article in Foreign Policy Magazine

Henne Schuwer, the Dutch ambassador to the United States, and Emily Haber, the German ambassador to the United States, are being interviewed in this issue. Haber and Schuwer emphasized in almost every discussion the things Europe and the United States had to gain from trans-Atlantic cooperation.

“What binds us here in Idaho is potatoes,” Schuwer said in his interview with the university television program. “We have a big potato industry, you have a big potato industry, but you know what, let’s see what we can do together.” (A Netherlands-based company, NewCold, just invested $90 million in a new cold storage warehouse in southern Idaho for agricultural products.)

You can find the article here: Foreign Policy Magazine

NewCold Rheine sponsors local soccer team

Pascal Pues, Controller at NewCold Rheine, is the proud trainer of the F1 Team of FCE Rheine. NewCold Rheine is this year's sponsor of thIs youth team. They're looking great!

FCE Rheine has one of the biggest junior divisions in the local region with an overall high focus on younger teams. Pascal played there himself and has continued his soccer career by being a coach for the younger teams. In the picture you can the F1 Team with Pascal in the last row, second from right hand.

NewCold wishes the F1 Team good luck in this year's competition. We are looking forward to the picture with the shiny winner's cup at the end of the season. Just kidding! Pleasure in playing is the most important goal!⚽⚽⚽

NewCold Burley is recruiting

NewCold Burley is NewCold’s second automated cold storage facility in the USA. It is under construction but we are already recruiting our team to prepare a smooth go-live of the facility.

The cold storage will be operated to support the production and supply chain activities of leading food processors in the region, among which is McCain Foods. The empowered NewCold Burley operations team is responsible to safely operate and maintain the state of the art coldstore and to provide excellent logistics services to our customers.

We have already started to hire for management and technical positions. We will start hiring for the operations positions in early 2019. Check out all vacancies on:

Video | Get to know NewCold Burley

Video | NewCold Burley is recruiting

Fisher, with NewCold, proud winners of the Built by the Best Award

Fisher Construction Group was named the winner of the 2018 Built by the Best Award, an annual recognition of the most innovative projects for designing and building controlled environment facilities. Fisher won for the construction of NewCold's facility in Tacoma, Washington.

The award was created by the Controlled Environment Building Association (CEBA), and core partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance.

NewCold congratulates and thanks Fisher Construction Group, all our suppliers and colleagues who have contributed to the successful development and operation of NewCold Tacoma!

NewCold in the October issue of the Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer

Read the content about NewCold in the October issue of the magazine of the Frozen and Refrigerated Buyer. Check out pages 84 & 85!

Read the article in the American Journal of Transportation featuring our US Country Manager Jonas Swarttouw

Watch the interview with Damien Livingston, NewCold's USA Network Development Manager

Proud of our Singelloop runners for charity Make-A-Wish

Great video of Opening Extended NewCold Cold Storage in Wakefield, UK

Watch the Highlights of the Select USA 2018 featuring NewCold (at 2:46 min)

NewCold opens UK’s biggest deepfreeze

From left to right: Mark Slaughter, Director General for Investment at the Department for International Trade, Bram Hage, Founder/CEO NewCold, Jon Miles, Country Manager UK NewCold and Denise Jeffrey, Deputy Leader, Wakefield Council.

NewCold has unveiled its newly-completed deep frozen storage and distribution centre which, says the company, is now the largest of its kind in the UK.

At the grand opening in Wakefield, customers, dignitaries, staff and well-wishers gathered on the 16.5-acre site to mark the occasion and hear from NewCold’s Country Director, Jon Miles, regarding the impressive facts and figures surrounding the new storage and logistics facility.

“Today see’s the culmination of 6 years dedicated work,” announced Jon Miles “and the opening of a food-handling facility which, in terms of size, performance, sustainability and low energy consumption, raises the bar to new heights – until now, not seen in the UK.”

The Wakefield plant will handle 3,000,000 pallets annually and with a total volume of over 4 million cubic metres, the giant deepfreeze has the capacity to store 143,000 pallets - at a constant, minus 23 degrees. 175 pallets come in and out every hour and just five minutes is required to unload NewCold’s bespoke-designed moving floor trailers.

Featuring some of the most advanced automated technology of its kind anywhere in the world, the NewCold plant is fully automated and minimal handling maintains product temperature, at all times. The operation is driven by Davanti software which has been improved year on year specifically to get optimum use of the automation. Furthermore, the dispatch bays are deep-frozen, whereby many conventional stores are chilled.

“Not only does the facility operate at around 50% of the energy consumed by conventional deep-frozen storage sites,” adds Jon” but also, given the proximity to the motorway network, 90% of NewCold’s delivery points can be reached and returned from within a driver’s shift. This improves customer service and keeps ‘food miles’ to an absolute minimum.”

NewCold’s founder and CEO Bram Hage commented on the ‘challenges’ met and overcome by the NewCold team during the development and growth of the Wakefield site and referenced similar greenfield projects undertaken by NewCold elsewhere in the world.

“This is the coming together of talented people, both from NewCold and our many supply partners and customers, to formulate a truly global consolidation of skills and recourses in the supply chain.”

Also addressing those present, Mark Slaughter, Director General for Investment at the Department for International Trade, highlighted the importance of ongoing commercial partnerships between the UK, the Netherlands and the numerous other countries in which NewCold has established similar cold storage and logistics operations.

“I am delighted that the Department for International Trade, working in partnership with Wakefield Council, has been able to support NewCold to deliver a truly world class facility bringing over 200 highly valued jobs to the area. I know that the completion of this site is just the start for NewCold and our international economic department stands ready to help the company further expand their UK presence.”

To complete the official opening ceremony, Denise Jeffrey, Deputy Leader of Wakefield Council and a long-term supporter of NewCold’s Wakefield venture, cut a ribbon suspended between two NewCold double-deck temperature-controlled trailers.

While overhead, NewCold Logistics advisor Tom Cassells treated the crowd to an aerobatic display and ‘fly-by’ in his single-seater, Cap 23 aerobatic plane.

“It was a fitting conclusion to a great afternoon”, concluded Jon Miles. “From the start, Denise Jeffrey and Wakefield Council have helped greatly, including 3 years ago with the introduction of many new recruits – 75% of whom, I’m pleased to say are still with us and remain part of our 200-strong team.”

Jon went further to say that NewCold has so far committed around £100m on build cost alone, and their growth plans over the coming two years will see further investment, including the recruitment of an additional 70 personnel.

The NewCold logistics operation expands in line with their core business and so far, comprises 50 tractor units and 80 temperature-controlled trailers - many of which are high-volume double-deckers with auto-loading.

Support Make-A-Wish with your logo on our running shirts

On Sunday October 7, 2018 we will participate in the Singelloop Breda for the charity Make-A-Wish Nederland. We formed a nice team of runners, who will run 10 kilometers or even the half marathon.

We invite our customers and relations to place their logo on all running shirts of the Make-A-Wish runners. So not only the NewCold and Davanti participants but all enthousiastic runners who want the support this charity which fulfills dearest wishes of children who are ill, sometime life-threathening. Around a 100 runners will wear your logo with pride.

Get publicity for only 300 euros and support this good cause! Sign up with Deadline: 6 September 2018.

For all others, who just want to support our team, visit our teampage and donate your contribution to Make-A-Wish! Visit the teampage here.

Lots of job opportunities at NewCold Burley, USA




The construction of our new cold storage in Burley, Idaho, USA is going well. Last month we had the Steel Topping Out event and the building of the highly automated cold storage is progressing steadily. In the meantime, we have started to look for enthusiastic colleagues to join our Burley team.

The job listings which are now available, can be found below:

Operations Manager
IT-WMS Super User
Maintenance Technician
Finance and HR Manager
System Operator
Shift Supervisor
Customer Service/Stock Manager
Maintenance Supervisor

Interested? Please click on the link and follow the procedure mentioned on the website of Idaho Works.     

NewCold sponsor of the Annual BFFF Luncheon | 20 November 2018

On 20 November 2018 the Annual BFFF (British Frozen Food Federation) Luncheon will be organized in London. NewCold is this year's headlines sponsor. We would like to welcome you to this great networking event in the British food industry. 
You can find more information on the website of BFFF: Annual Luncheon 2018.

NewCold runs for Make A Wish Charity

NewCold runs for Make A Wish

On Sunday October 7, 2018, the famous Breda running event will take place for the 33rd time. During this edition NewCold, together with Davanti, will raise funds for the charity organization Make-A-Wish. We will try to motivate as many employees as possible to get as many funds as possible for Make-A-Wish. We also invite our customers and partners to contribute to this sportive event for a good cause. You can choose 5, 10 km and the half marathon.

Make A Wish Foundation

Of the 1,200 children who get seriously ill, sometimes life-threatening, Make-A-Wish is already achieving 550 wishes per year. With you, as a valuable partner to our team, Make-A-Wish can achieve even more. We do not run for ourselves, but for all those children who can use the distraction of their illness. Will you help us?

Your logo on our tshirts

Place your logo on the tshirts of our runners. Only for € 300, countless visitors and other runners will see your logo. In the run-up to the event, we also ask a lot of attention for the run on our website and our social media and your name and website will be regularly mentioned. Do not hesitate, and claim a place for your logo via Trix van Veen,

Join our team

Dear customers and partners, do you accept the challenge and would you like to contribute to fulfilling a dearest wish? Then we are looking for you! We offer you a unique running experience in the heart of Breda; from a registered entry to the unique Make-A-Wish Singelloop 2018 T-shirt. Sign up, click quickly on the “I want to participate” button and create your personal action page. The registration page can be found here: Log in. If you need any help, contact Trix van Veen.

Meet our Finance Intern Ties Giele

What are you majoring in and why? 
I am majoring in Business Economics at Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda. I will start my senior year in September, 2018. Prior to studying Business Economics, I completed the freshman year of Mechanical Engineering, in which I also did an internship. I realized that I was more interested in finance than engineering. Therefore, I started looking for a major that suited me better, which turned out to be Business Economics.

Where did you intern at and for how long?
I did a finance internship at NewCold headquarters in Breda during my junior year of Business Economics. The internship lasted for 6 months and ran from September 2017 to January 2018.


What did you learn throughout your internship? 
I learned a lot during my internship at NewCold. I improved upon my Excel skills and learned how to work with an ERP system. I also got acquainted with business processes and visited a NewCold site in Wakefield, UK.

Furthermore, I assisted several colleagues within the finance department, which enabled me to experience different aspects of finance within NewCold. This is one of the reasons why my internship turned out great!

How did you experience working for NewCold?  
I was the first to intern at NewCold in Breda, so I needed to find some direction in the beginning. However, after a few weeks everyone at NewCold got to know me better and I received more complex assignments, which made this internship very challenging.

Overall, working for NewCold was a wonderful experience. I got to know a lot of people within the company and improved upon many skills. I am currently about to start my senior year of Business Economics, and I am excited to work in the finance department of NewCold headquarters for at least another six months! 

NewCold to Open Fully Automated Cold Storage Facility in Burley Idaho for Primary Tenant McCain Foods USA, Inc.

Burley, Idaho 11 July 2018 – Earlier today, NewCold, the deep-frozen storage and logistics specialist based in The Netherlands, announced it will open its second fully mechanized facility in the USA in the Spring of 2019. Located in Burley, Idaho the state-of-the-art freezer facility is a joint design effort and construction built by NewCold and Fisher Construction Group of Burlington (WA). Once open, NewCold will be one of the largest frozen storage facilities of its kind in the USA, bringing an estimated 75 jobs to the area.   

“It’s great to welcome NewCold to the Idaho business community and ‘top off’ their state-of-the-art cold storage facility in Burley," said Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter. "It provides us with a chance to celebrate innovation and collaboration that begins with NewCold's tremendous investment in Idaho's food-processing supply chain. It figures to add significant value and opportunity to Idaho's world-class food processors in a competitive global marketplace.”

The 180,000 square foot, fully automated building will serve the logistics needs in the Northwestern US region for McCain Foods USA Inc, a division of McCain Foods Limited, the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen French fries and potato specialties. McCain maintains 11 manufacturing facilities in the USA, including its Burley, Idaho plant, where a $200 million processing plant expansion is currently underway, which is due for completion in the fall of this year, increasing employment at the facility by 180, taking the total number of employees to near 600.  

“We are proud to partner with innovative companies like NewCold as we expand our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Burley to meet our growing demand for McCain products,” said Dale McCarthy, Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain, North America. “McCain’s commitment to strong, longstanding partnerships with growers, companies and the communities in which we operate, is key to our success and will continue as we expand our business.” 

The cold storage facility currently being constructed uses leading-edge technology, including automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) to automatically move and store products in the ‘dark’ high-bay warehouse. Operators direct equipment using advanced software systems, while products are kept in optimal conditions with all cold storage areas cooled to sub-zero temperatures.  NewCold offers a highly consistent level of logistic service.  And above all, NewCold offers a more energy-efficient and better food safety alternative compared to conventional cold storage solutions.

NewCold developed this style of storage automation in their European operations for faster and more efficient storage and shipping options.  This is NewCold’s second U.S. facility, with the first facility based in Tacoma, Washington, which opened in early 2018.

According to NewCold’s Vice Chairman, David Richardson, “NewCold’s further expansion into the important US market is a vital step for our organization. We are very proud to advance the quality of food storage in the US by offering an integrated warehousing solution to our customers. The privilege to partner with McCain, a world leader, is an honor. NewCold offers solutions to cover the cold chain from production to distribution. We plan, design, build, own, and operate the cold storage facilities with our own people and our own proprietary warehouse management system, CORAX.  NewCold believes in automation for sustainable cost and environmental benefits, but our ultimate focus is industry leading customer service.”

“Fisher is pleased to continue our partnership with NewCold in constructing the facility in Burley, Newcold’s second in North America,” says Dan Powers, President, and CEO of Fisher Construction Group. “Companies across America are very interested in the cold storage solution which Newcold offers customers. The unique construction techniques and the highly automated technologies make this, along with the Tacoma (WA) facility, the way of the future. Fisher Construction Group is pleased to work with both Newcold and their storage partners to design and build this leading-edge project in the heart of Idaho.”


About McCain

McCain Foods USA is a leading supplier of frozen potato and snack food products for the foodservice markets, retail grocery chains and private label brands. Everything from appetizers to sweet potato fries can be found in restaurants and supermarket freezers across the country. McCain Foods USA Inc., headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, employs 4,500 people and operates production facilities in California, Idaho, Maine, Nebraska, Washington and Wisconsin.

About NewCold

NewCold is an integrated service provider for cold chain logistics based in the Netherlands. NewCold operates a European network of large scale automated cold stores and refrigerated transport serving frozen food producers, employing 750 in France, Germany, United Kingdom and Poland. NewCold is further expanding its operations globally, building on decades of know how in developing and operating advanced cold chain logistics solutions.

About Fisher Construction Group

A construction services company based in the Pacific Northwest, Fisher Construction Group designs and builds commercial and industrial facilities throughout the continental US and Alaska. Offering turnkey building solutions to the cold storage and food processing industries, Fisher’s team of builders, architects, structural engineers and food processing experts are known for building highly efficient facilities that deliver on investment. The company has steadily grown over the last five years to become the company that it is today with annual revenues of nearly $300 million.


For more information or to coordinate an interview:

Jonas Swarttouw,

Country Manager US, NewCold

Mob: +1 312 813 5501


Is it a spider?

It may look like a spider, working hard, but it's a crane pourring the concrete slab for our new cold storage in Burley, ID, US. Thank you PSM Engineers for this wonderful movie! Find here a link to the movie.

Meet our Finance Intern Sander Verdult

What are you majoring in and why?
I graduated in business administration in secondary vocational education because I realized at a young age that I like working with numbers. As of September I will contuine working at NewCold in combination with my study in Business Economics (Finance & Control) at Avans University of Applied Sciences. I want to develop my skills in a professional environment and I think NewCold the perfect, international company to do this.

Where did you intern at and for how long?
I did my internship at the head office of NewCold in Breda, for 5 months. My brother in law works for Davanti and that is how I ended up here. The office is located in the train station of Breda and is very nice and modern.

What did you learn throughout your internship?
The most important thing I learned at NewCold is how a financial department of an international company functions. This is a totally different experience compared to my previous internship that was at a small local company. At NewCold I also learned how to take care of the administration of the English entities. The transition to another system, Netsuite, and its implementation was also very instructive. I learned a lot from the discussions and the exchange of knowledge with my colleagues.

How did you experience working for NewCold? 
I felt welcome at the NewCold office right from the start. It was the first time that I have been able to gain experience within such a large organization, and that has given a lot of insight. I always came to my internship with pleasure. All this together has given me the motivation to continue learning.

I am pleased that I have received a job offer at NewCold. I want to thank all my colleagues that I have worked with and I hope that I will be part of this unique company for a long time!

NewCold announces the construction of a new highly-mechanized cold storage in Burley, Idaho, USA

Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced today that NewCold is investing $90 million to build a 140-foot-high, 25 million cubic feet sub-zero cold storage warehouse in Burley, Idaho.   This will be one of the largest frozen storage facilities of its kind in the United States. Read the article here: Announcement by Idaho Governor C.L. 'Butch' Otter.

Interview with Justus Koster about his internship at NewCold

Justus Koster

What are you majoring in and why?
I am majoring in international business because I want to pursue an international career upon graduation. Having the ability to spend three semesters abroad was the main reason I decided to enroll in this study program at Avans University of Applied Sciences. Developing a global mindset is crucial in today’s business world, and I feel this can best be developed by partaking in professional environments around the globe.

Where did you intern at and for how long?
I did a business development internship at NewCold in Tacoma WA, due south of Seattle, for 5 months. I absolutely enjoyed every moment of living in the greater Seattle area. The combination of urban living and nature in the State of Washington is amazing. Where else can you skiing, swimming or visit national parks all within a 1.5-hour drive from a major city?

What did you learn throughout your internship?
My main assignment was to organize the NewCold Tacoma Grand Opening with a team of NewCold and Trident Seafoods, which has been a great learning experience.

I improved upon many skills by interning at NewCold, including business communication, Excel, planning & organizing, and of course business development.

However, I feel that the most significant aspect of this internship is learning how to behave within a professional international organization, which allowed me to cultivate my global mindset. I will be able to apply all gained experience and skills throughout my future professional career.  

How did you experience working for NewCold?  
NewCold has been very welcoming. It is therefore a pleasure to be a part of this innovative company. The NewCold Tacoma project is a true game changer for the frozen food industry in the USA, and I wish the Tacoma team the best of luck in their future endeavors.

I want to thank my company mentor, Jonas Swarttouw, for welcoming me with trust, and treating me as a member of the NewCold team since the day I started. This truly enabled me to make the most out of this internship.

Finally, I am grateful for the opportunities I have been afforded by NewCold in the USA, and I look forward to continuing business development support at NewCold headquarters over the summer!



NewCold at Energy Management Congress | 21-22 June 2018




Together with Philip McNamara, Engineering Manager of Energy 350, NewCold's Geert-Jan Laudy will present a conference session titled 'Energy Efficiency In Cold Storage Design & Implementation' at the Energy Management Congress in Seattle, WA, on the 21st of June next. If you are interested, you can register here:

Nice movie of a pallet moving through the high bay at NewCold Tacoma

Looking back on a great Grand Opening Event in Tacoma USA

On the 24th of May we had the pleasure to invite our relations to the Grand Opening of our first cold storage on US ground in Tacoma, WA. We are very grateful for the speeches held by Joe Bundrant, Trident Seafoods' CEO,  our key customer in Tacoma, by Anders Ibsen, Deputy Mayor of the City of Tacoma, by Gerbert Kunst, Dutch Consul General San Francisco and Derek Sandison, Director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

NewCold's Vice Chairman David Richardson and CEO Bram Hage took the opportunity to thank all relations involved in the creation of this state of the art cold storage. The ceremony was hosted by Jonas Swarttouw, US Country Manager.

After the opening ceremony, Trident offered our guests a great lunch from their Fork & Fin Food Truck, managed by Lo Reichert  Thanks! Our guests had the opportunity to have a peek inside our facility among which the engine rooms of oxigen reduction and the temperature control, the dispatch floor and our offices.  Finally, we want to thank our valuable suppliers: Fisher Construction Group, SubZero Contractors, Wagner Group, Dambach Lagersysteme, TGW Logistics Group, F.A.I.S., SSI Schäfer and the supplier of our cloud wms solution CORAX, Davanti Warehousing (

 Cold storage NewCold Tacoma

 Cold storage NewCold Tacoma

Joe Bundrant, Trident's CEO

David Richardson, Vice Chairman NewCold

David Richardson and Bram Hage, handing over a present to Joe Bundrant

Opening NewCold Tacoma USA on 24 May 2018

We are looking forward to the grand opening of NewCold's first fully mechanized facility on US ground in Tacoma WA, due south of Seattle. The innovative cold storage, with approximately 100,000 pallet locations, will be the new Northwest distribution home of Trident Seafoods, a vertically integrated harvester, processor and marketer of seafood from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Together with our guests we are going to make a great day of it!

Scoops in Australia for NewCold

NewCold is proud to present the integrated process of Automatic Truck (Un)Loading and Double Pallet Destacking in NewCold's coldstores in Melbourne, Australia.

NewCold has built 2 warehouses near Melbourne; the first is a freezer warehouse with a capacity of 100,000 pallets. Well known global and local food producers such as McCain and Peters Ice Cream are our valued customers here.

In the second warehouse, a chiller warehouse with a capacity of 110,000 pallets, we service our valued customer Fonterra.

Unique characteristics of the freezer site are the Automatic Truck Loading/Unloading (ATL/ATU) and the fully automated Double Pallet Destacking. ATL/ATU is an automated process which guarantees less damage to the products, full track and traceability from production to the point of outbound from the warehouse and a huge efficiency gain: ATL/ATU takes 4 to 5 minutes in contrast to 30-60 minutes (un)loading with forklifts. There is no human intervention which reduces the chance of damage.

This entire process is a scoop for NewCold in Australia.

We thank all our partners in achieving this great result: Ancra, FAIS, GLA, Hansen Yuncken and TGW.

Global Cold Chain Alliance

Last week our colleagues Piet Meijs and Jonas Swarttouw attended the 127th Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) convention in Florida. They enjoyed to catch up with many acquaintances from the business and attended many interesting lectures. 

On the picture, you can find the President of the Global Cold Chain Alliance, Corey Rosenbusch, in the middle, on the left Jonas, on the right Piet.

Peter Wilson, UK Ambassador for the Netherlands, visits headoffices Breda

Peter Wilson visits headoffices NewCold in Breda, the Netherlands

Last week the UK Ambassador for the Netherlands, Peter Wilson, visited our headoffices in Breda. This was a result of winning the DIT Investment Award 2017 by the UK NewCold organization, managed by Jon Miles. We were very honored with the visit.
From right to left: Peter Wilson, UK Ambassador for the Netherlands, Bram Hage, CEO and Founder of NewCold, Roger Vrencken, VP Strategy and Organization Newcold, Simon Banham, Deputy Country Director from UK Department for Industry and Trade and Jon Miles, Country Manager NewCold UK.

Watch NewCold's Melbourne Chiller Facility for Fonterra being built in 2 minutes!

Time lapse video construction chilled warehouse Truganina Victoria Melbourne Australia

In this great time lapse movie you can see the construction of the 35 meter high facility in Truganina, Victoria near Melbourne Australia, which will handle chilled and ambient product for dairy company Fonterra Australia. Fonterra is consolidating its distribution network and six warehouses into this one facility. 
These premises have been built in the period from August 2016 till January 2018.  This great movie has been made by the main contractor Hansen Yuncken for which we are very grateful.

Nice to know:

  • The total site has 110,000 pallet locations, operated in temperatures varying from +2⁰C to 18⁰C;
  • Maximal throughput capacity is about 5,000 pallets in, 5,000 pallets out per day;
  • Next to the warehouse there is an adjacent container yard, with a capacity of 700 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent)
You can find the video here

NewCold looks for additional premises as Brexit heralds’ storage opportunities for the UK

Jon Miles

Jon Miles, Country Director NewCold UK

NewCold UK is looking at possibilities for a new site to accommodate increased UK market activity and in anticipation of the demand expected to be triggered by the ‘Brexit effect’ in European Supply Chains.

According to NewCold Country Director Jon Miles, the movement of goods from central European hubs into the UK will become more complex, based on the likelihood that we will leave the Customs Union and the impact that will have on Supply Chains.

“Currently, it is possible for a food producer to store product in a warehouse close to the coast in Belgium or France and deliver directly into UK Distribution Centres within acceptable lead times. However, a recent study by Imperial College London has indicated that even an additional 2-minute stop at customs checkpoints could lead to the final 40 miles of the journey to the Channel Tunnel taking 5 hours. The time and risk associated with these increased journey times will mean that the most obvious solution is to store the products closer to the market in the UK.”

NewCold has already bolstered its UK deep-frozen storage and handling capability with the addition of 600,000 cubic metres of fully automated deep-frozen capacity to its Wakefield site and expects to be fully operational by April 2018. 

“Frozen food handling in the UK is already in peak demand,” adds Jon “and we have developed the Wakefield facility in line with the projected long-term requirements of our key customers, and positive market outlook. Kantar World panel reported volume up by 2% in 2018, and this annual growth is expected to continue for at least the next 5 years.  Phase two of the Wakefield site expansion lifts our capacity to 143,000 pallets but even so, we expect to be 70% full by June 2018. Add this to the increase in storage demand which is likely to be caused by Brexit and it is clear to see why we need to make provision for an additional UK facility.”

NewCold’s vehicle fleet, which includes auto-loading double-deck trailers, has also been recently increased to 50 tractor units and 75 temperature-controlled trailers.

NewCold on track as UK's biggest deepfreeze nears completion

NewCold has nearly completed the second phase of construction at öur Wakefield deep frozen storage and distribution centre which is set to become the largest of its kind in the UK.

Due for full operation by June 2018, the facility will handle 3,000,000 pallets annually and with a total volume of over 1 million cubic metres and pallet storage capacity of 143,000 at minus 23 degrees, it boasts some of the most advanced automated technology anywhere in the world.

The storage plant is fully automated to ensure cold chain integrity, and minimal handling helps to eliminate temperature fluctuations. For example, when the doors of a trailer open they do so into the frozen environment so that there is no risk of the product being exposed to ambient air. Furthermore, the dispatch bay is deep-frozen, whereby many conventional stores have only chilled bays.

Pallets are off-loaded from NewCold’s bespoke-designed double deck trailers using moving floors which connect to a conveyer system. From there, shuttle cars and buffer lanes handle 175 pallets in and out every hour and just five minutes is required to unload a trailer. The automation used maximises product integrity and eliminates human error on picking orders.

Given the location of the Wakefield site and proximity to the motorway network, 90% of NewCold’s delivery points can be reached and returned from within a driver’s shift - which further improves efficiency and customer service. 

“Automation is all about investment” says our Country Director UK Jon Miles, “and Wakefield is consistent with our business model in all the countries we operate throughout the world: We design and install our own handling systems to ensure maximum efficiency and total control over every aspect of the operation.

Since we opened here in 2015, the business has grown significantly and successfully and that has enabled us to re-invest back into the expansion plan.”

Although the Wakefield site relies on fewer personnel than conventional storage facilities, the business employs 130 people and expects to recruit a further 100 over the next two years, which, says Jon Miles is positive news for the area.

“We have a number of major contracts on the horizon” adds Jon, “and already we are projecting to be over 70% full by June 2018. Our logistics operation is also expanding in line with the core operation and we now operate 50 tractor units and 75 temperature-controlled trailers - many of which are high-volume double-deckers with auto-loading.”

NewCold has a strong capital partner in the form of US private equity firm, Westport Capital Partners, which means the company can continue to finance new projects in the UK and around the globe.

“Our growth plan for the UK is far from complete” concludes Jon Miles. “With demand at its highest ever in the UK deep-frozen storage sector, coupled with the probability of additional business stemming from Brexit, we are looking at additional UK facilities to strengthen our leading position as a ‘one-touch’ provider of end-to-end frozen logistics and supply chain solutions.”

Expert session by Piet Meijs at Annual WMS Event

We look back on a successful WMS Event in Den Bosch on March 21, 2018. Piet Meijs, VP Business Development of NewCold, presented an interesting expert case on the use of cloud-based WMS CORAX in NewCold's fully mechanized cold stores. René van den Elsen was the moderator of the presentation for which we thank him.

Watch this great movie of NewCold UK

NewCold video

The mystery of the big white cube

Proud of our new double-deckers trucks in the UK

NewCold Magazine September 2017

NewCold’s diverse and inclusive recruitment strategy pays dividends

NewCold Magazine March 2017

NewCold expands into Australia with frozen and chilled coldstores

NewCold doubles down in Truganina with Fonterra

NewCold Gains McCain Foods as Warehouse Customer

NewCold strengthens logistics fleet as deep-freeze operations take shape

NewCold – Advanced cold logistics comes to the UK

NewCold and Fisher Break Ground for State-of-the-Art Automated Coldstore in the Pacific Northwest

NewCold Asia Pacific Headquarters in Victoria to Create 127 Jobs