Grand Opening of NewCold Burley

We are all looking back on a wonderful Grand Opening Event of our facility in Burley, Idaho, USA. The event was well visited by all stakeholders which made it to a great success.

We are grateful to the following persons who all contributed to the opening by a well esteemed speech. In order of performance:

  • David Richardson, Vice Chairman of NewCold
  • Melissa Luken, VP Supply Chain Greater North America of McCain Foods
  • Bram Hage, CEO & Founder of NewCold
  • Dan Powers, President of Fisher Construction Group
  • Vincent Storimans, Deputy Dutch Consul General San Francisco
  • Doug Manning, Economic Development Director of Burley

We also thank Valerie Kaminski, Managing Director Northern America NewCold, Jonas Swarttouw, Business Development Director USA, Derek Bedke, Site Manager Burley, and Sarah Seymour, Office Manager Burley, and all other colleagues, for their awsome contribution to make this event a success!

The Burley location, which was first announced last year, largely supports the logistics needs of McCain Foods, Canada. McCain Foods also recently completed a $200 million processing plant expansion in Burley.

“We are proud to have successfully developed and started up this large-scale, state-of-the-art automated cold storage warehouses in a relatively short period of time,” says Jonas Swarttouw, U.S. director. “Teamwork, between all the experts at McCain Foods, our suppliers, the local community and our own team at NewCold have been the key to this achievement. We look forward to a long-term partnership with McCain and the Southern Idaho community.”

“This has been a great addition to Burley and the region, bringing us into the realm of high-tech logistics and warehousing,” said Burley Economic Development Director, Doug Manning. “NewCold is an outstanding company that has had a positive effect on our community and has been wonderful to work with throughout the entire process.”

Below you can find a photo impression of the event.

NewCold to Celebrate Grand Opening of Fully Automated Cold Storage Facility in Burley, Idaho

The $90 million project is one of the largest frozen storage facilities of its kind in the United States

NewCold, the Netherlands-based specialist in automated cold storage, will celebrate the grand opening of its fully automated cold storage facility the week of September 30, 2019. The $90 million, 180,000-square-foot facility in Burley, Idaho is one of the largest cold storage warehouses in the nation.

Media is invited to participate in a tour of the new facility and Q&A with NewCold Business Development Manager Jonas Swarttouw, Site Manager Derek Bedke and other NewCold management, Monday, September 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. A private ceremony, closed to the public, will be held later that week.

“We are proud to have successfully developed and started up this large-scale state of the art automated cold storage warehouses in a relatively short period of time,” said NewCold U.S. Director Jonas Swarttouw. “Teamwork between all the experts at McCain Foods, our suppliers, the local community and our own team at NewCold have been the key to this achievement. We look forward to a long-term partnership with McCain and the Southern Idaho community.”

NewCold uses leading-edge technology to automatically move and store products in the “dark” high-bay warehouse, storing foods at -5 degrees Fahrenheit, with oxygen levels lowered to 16.5 percent for fire prevention. This allows for a more energy-efficient and food-safe alternative compared to conventional cold storage solutions. To ensure an efficient inbound, storage, order fulfillment and outbound process, NewCold’s Burley location employs 100, including managers, planners, operators, maintenance workers, drivers and forklift operators.

“This has been a great addition to Burley and the region, bringing us into the realm of high-tech logistics and warehousing,” said Burley Economic Development Director, Doug Manning. “NewCold is an outstanding company that has had a positive effect on our community and has been wonderful to work with throughout the entire process.”

The Burley location largely supports the logistics needs of McCain Foods, the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen French fries and potato specialties. McCain Foods recently completed a $200 million processing plant expansion in Burley.

To learn more about NewCold, please visit their website at

For more information about Burley and the Southern Idaho region, click here.

NewCold sponsors RoboHub Eindhoven

NewCold is a proud sponsor of RoboHub Eindhoven, a team of motivated students and professionals that are working together to discover new solutions for robotic systems. Started as a Fontys centre of expertise project, RoboHub challenges itself to find creative ways to bring robotics to the next step. RoboHub wants to share its knowledge with other motivated people, therefore they work with companies that want to support them and their technology.This July 2019, they competed in the [email protected] league as part of the RoboCup 2019 in Sydney, Australia. Be sure to check out RoboHub Eindhoven’s LinkedIn page to stay up-to-date on their achievements!

Competing in an international robotics challenge

The RoboCup is an international organisation working to promote robotics and AI research, by offering a publicly appealing, but formidable challenge. [email protected], in which the RoboHub Eindhoven team will be participating, is the newest league of the competition and targets the use of robots in the logistics and industrial sectors.

Their newest robot, Sui2 (or Suii) is an autonomous driving machine with an industrial collaborative robot arm on top. It can navigate an unknown, dynamic environment using laser scanners, a robotic arm with a 3D camera system and Deep Learning algorithm YOLO for object recognition.

NewCold and Robotics

NewCold uses robotics in its state-of-the-art cold storages. The cold storages are characterized by a very high degree of automation with, for example, intelligent stacker cranes which take care of in- and outbound pallet storage in the highbay warehouses. Another example is the automatic destacking robot which destacks the fully loaded pallets after arrival in the Automatic Truck Unloading System at the docks. NewCold is happy to support students who are eager to learn and who like to investigate where the limits of robot applicability lie in today’s business.


Idaho Governor Brad Little visits NewCold Headquarters

Governor Brad Little and other Idaho officials were in Europe last week to foster economic relations with business leaders who have investment interests in Idaho. A visit to the Netherlands is part of an effort to bring new industry to the state. NewCold is already active in Idaho with its state-of-the-art coldstore in Burley.

When McCain Foods — the largest producer of frozen potato products in the world — expanded its operations in southern Idaho, it needed a larger storage unit. That’s where NewCold came in. This spring, NewCold opened a new temperature controlled, highly automated cold storage in Burley. The $90 million facility is 14 stories tall.

Earlier in the week, the governor and his team were in the Basque country and Ireland.

The Economic Development Board hopes the governor’s trip encourages other international companies to bring their businesses to Idaho. In particular, they see agriculture-related industries like storage and manufacturing as opportunities for further investment.

Below you can find a photo impression of their visit to NewCold’s headquarters in Breda. It was a pleasure to host them and to exchange plans and experiences.

NewCold Rheine sponsors Emszauber

Recently NewCold in Rheine, Germany, had a lot of local people inhouse. The organization of a new event, called ‘Emszauber’, held its press conference in the cold environment of our warehouse. ‘Emszauber’ is new Christmas event for the local community of Rheine. In our warehouse they were able to create a little bit the winter look & feel for the kick-off of this new initiative.

NewCold will organize a crafts workshop for children in the next months and contributes in this way to the well being of the youth in Rheine. Want to know more? Visit their website here. Want to all the pictures of the event? Click here.



NewCold runs for Make-A-Wish

On Sunday, October 6, 2018, the running event of Breda will be organized for the 34th time. During this edition, NewCold, together with Davanti Warehousing, is committed to Make-A-Wish. We try to get as many employees as possible to raise as many funds as possible for Make-A-Wish.  We have formed a team of 10 runners, some of whom run 10 kilometers and others even the half marathon.


Of the 1,200 children who get seriously ill, sometimes life-threatening, the charity Make-A-Wish has been able to make 550 wishes per year come true. With you as a sponsor of our team, this can be even more. We do not run for ourselves, but for all those children who can really use distraction from their illness. Could you please help us?




What’s the motivation of our runners?

Read why Jan-Willem van Vossen takes up this challenge.

Why do you run?

Running energizes me; I can make my mind empty and my physical condition improves. Three years ago I started running when a former colleague of us, Chris Spee, inspired me. He started running and I got enthusiastic as well. Next to the running I practice cardio fitness twice a week.

How often do you participate in runs?

Up to now I did 12 runs, varying from 10 kilometer to half marathon. Last year, in Breda I did the half marathon, which was very heavy but very satisfying. I joined the Dam-to-Dam run, the quarter marathon in Rotterdam, the Run for Kika in Rotterdam, the Circuit Run in Zandvoort on the race circuit, which was fun and the 7 Hills run in Nijmegen. The Singel Run in Breda is the best for me, especially because of the enthusiastic public along the track. Last weekend I ran the Dam to Dam Run again from Amsterdam to Zaandam. The temperature was very high but I got to the finish. I wore the Make-A-Wish running shirt because I really sympathize with its goals.

Do you have the ambition to do a marathon?

Yes, I really would like to, but not in the short term because you really have to be prepared for it, train a lot and that’s time absorbing.

What do you think of Make-A-Wish? 

I didn’t know this charity but I really think it’s a very useful foundation. I have kids myself and I really can imagine that you want to support your children when they are seriously ill. Running for a charity is double useful in this way: it’s for the kids and for my own condition! I would really would like to invite all my colleagues and other relations to support this charity. All donations, from small to large, will help to realize the dreams of children with a serious, even life threatening, illness.

Justus Koster, trainee at Business Development, explains his motivation.

What is your motivation to participate?

Make-A-Wish is a great non-profit organization and that’s why I like to support this charity by participating in the 10 kilometer Singel Run.
Last year, I ran the Singel Run for the first time and I really enjoyed the atmosphere in the city. There were many spectators along the route, which made the running a little easier.

Are you a sportsman?

I go the gym once or twice a week and I played field hockey for many years until I quit last year. In the month prior to the Singel Run, I go for a run about three times a week.

What do you advise visitors to our website and your colleagues?

I really do recommend all:

  • Participate in the Singelloop yourself next year
  • Visit Breda on October 6 to encourage our team
  • And above all: donate to Make-A-Wish! You can donate here.

    Justus Koster at the finish of the Breda Singel Run in 2018

Great Family Event at NewCold Kutno, Poland

This weekend, on the 15th of September, the team of NewCold Kutno in Poland – with their families – had a great family event.

It had been organized to thank the team and their partner and kids for all the effort they made to achieve a perfect season. We took the opportunity to show the guests the workplace and especially, to give them the chance to experience the freezing temperature.

All visitors have been offered to enter the coldstore, and watch all technology with their own eyes. Now they know all about our pick floors, forklift trucks, the total automation and the enormous high racking. After the tour they enjoyed a nice diner and drinks.

Special thanks for the organization to Justyna, Magda, Monika and Iza!

NewCold Rheine runs the AOK Firmenlauf

On Friday 6 September 2019 a team of NewCold Rheine participated in the 14th so called AOK Firmenlauf. It ‘s an annual event, organized by the city of Rheine, to promote an active life, for which all companies in Rheine and surroundings are invited to participate.

Luckily we have many sporty colleagues in Rheine so an enthusiastic team was gathered quickly. Great work, colleagues!


NewCold Named to Food Logistics’ 2019 Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers List

Breda, 19 August 2019 — Food Logistics, the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global food supply chain, has named NewCold to its 2019 Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers list.

The Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers list serves as a resource guide of third-party logistics and cold storage providers whose products and services are critical for companies in the global food and beverage supply chain.

“The complexities of the global food supply chain are forging a more collaborative relationship between leading 3PLs, cold storage providers and their customers. Improved customer care, tighter integration between systems, and more value-added services are among the results,” remarks Lara L. Sowinski, editorial director, Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “Companies that earned a spot on Food Logistics’ 2019 Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers list exemplify how collaboration combined with the latest technologies can create a winning formula for profitability and supporting food/beverage customers’ goals.”

This year’s Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers list will appear in the August 2019 issue of Food Logistics, as well as online at You can find the list in pfd here: Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers.

NewCold brings Innovative Solution to the Cold Chain

NewCold, the deep-frozen storage and logistics specialists, have recently introduced a fully-automated handling solution which, says the company, sets new standards in maintaining temperature integrity and efficiency in the cold chain.

Designed in close partnership with Gray and Adams and produced at the trailer builder’s Doncaster manufacturing facility, the aptly-named ‘Pod’ draws on the latest automated loading technology and according to NewCold is a first for the UK.

The Pod’s key function is to bridge the gap between the deep-frozen production or storage environment and NewCold’s auto-loading 44-pallet double-deck trailers – also designed and manufactured by Gray and Adams.

For example, as soon as the product leaves the production line at minus 22 degrees, it is automatically loaded through a sliding door at the back of the 60-pallet-capacity Pod, which itself is pre-cooled to the same temperature. From here, following a brief temperature-stabilising period the pallets are automatically transferred into the double-deck trailer, docked to the front of the Pod.

Initial loading into the Pod is completed in around 5 minutes, with the whole cycle taking less than 30 minutes. Meanwhile, 3 x Carrier TRS refrigeration systems hold the temperature at a constant minus 25 degrees and being electric, keep harmful emissions to a minimum.

Effectively, every deep-frozen package or pallet remains at a constant set temperature of minus 22- minus 25 degrees, and at no time during its journey from the production line to completed loading in the trailer is any pallet exposed to the ambient environment or touched by an operative. This not only ensures absolute temperature integrity but virtually eliminates product damage.

Newcold’s Logistics Advisor Tom Cassells sees a key role for the Pod going forward:

“Automated handling and loading are bringing a host of benefits to the deep-frozen supply chain and this new advancement represents a big step forward for NewCold and their customers – in terms of energy saving, faster turn-round and overall product quality.”

The Pod recently won an Innovation Award for Gray and Adams at the annual TCS&D dinner, which was attended by operators and suppliers to the temperature-controlled storage and distribution industry.

NewCold Advanced Cold Logistics added a final phase to their Wakefield plant in the spring of 2018. Now considered to be the UK’s largest facility of its kind and with around £100m so far committed, the facility handles 3,000,000 pallets annually.  Plus, with a total volume of over 4 million cubic metres, it has the capacity to store 143,000 pallets – at a constant, minus 23 degrees. So successful has business been for the company that they are actively seeking a second UK site.