NewCold Grows Global Cold Chain Network in Sweden

NewCold takes over operation of warehouse to upgrade facility with state-of-the-art automation and software

Pioneering Netherlands-based cold chain logistics company, NewCold, has added a cold store operation in Bjuv, near Helsingborg, Sweden to its growing international network.

The 76,000 pallets, 38 meter high facility currently has Findus as its cornerstone customer.  Findus is owned by Nomad Foods (NYSE: NOMD), one of Europe’s leading frozen food companies.  The company’s brand portfolio also includes Birds Eye, Iglo, Aunt Bessie’s and Goodfella’s.

NewCold acquired the operating business at the facility from the Kloosterboer group, including all employee arrangements and third-party contracts, and entered a long-term lease on the property from the owner of the cold store, Centur AB.

Stephane Pluenet, Executive Director Automation Kloosterboer, said that the company decided to focus on the development and management of its own assets in Western Europe. The Nordics are not a key development market in the overall company strategy which led to the logical step to sell Kloosterboer Sweden to NewCold.

Erik Selin, CEO and Founder of Balder, which together with PEAB owns the site through the joint venture Centur AB, said: “We have been pleased to facilitate this upgrade of the cold store. It is always our objective to provide facilities that maximize the benefit of our tenants, and our role in chairing this project and opening up for an operator with state-of-the-art logistical handling systems.”

Bram Hage, Founder Executive Officer NewCold

Bram Hage, Founder Executive Officer NewCold

Bram Hage, Founder and CEO of NewCold said: “We work with Nomad Foods in the United Kingdom and Germany, so this arrangement sees us expanding our relationship with Nomad Foods into Sweden, as well as other valued customers.”

“The facility in Bjuv is our first in this region. Our goal is to modernise the multi-customer facility, grow the customer base, fill the cold store to its capacity and provide the highest quality service levels and efficiencies,” he said.

NewCold’s global growth pipeline includes the delivery of at least six new capital projects, as it continues to develop multiple large-scale automated facilities across Europe, Australia and North America. This momentum confirms a very positive future for its customers and an innovation boost for the industry.

 

 

 

 

Bjuv, Helsingborg, on the map

NewCold Welcomes Pacaro Italy to the NewCold Group

NewCold continues to transform the cold store industry with significant strategic investment

NewCold has signed an agreement to acquire Pacaro Srl and Pacaro Logistica Srl. This is the first strategic acquisition for our company in Italy. The Pacaro facilities in the center of Italy, near Rome, complement NewCold’s facilities to be built near Milan in the north to strengthen its Italian footprint.

Bram Hage, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of NewCold said: “Pacaro has an impressive reputation and offered a very attractive investment opportunity. The acquisition is consistent with our growth strategy in the region. Together, both companies bring deep experience and capability to the industry. This opportunity will enhance our ability to serve current and new customers while strengthening our global network.”

Roberto Alessio, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pacaro said: “I am delighted that our company joins the NewCold family to share its global advanced logistic network with our Italian customers. Since 1984 Pacaro has been the Italian leader of temperature-controlled logistics with highly innovative storage systems. We have a very proud history and today we are pleased to entrust our legacy to NewCold, knowing that this acquisition will provide enhanced opportunities for our customers and employees.”

Following closing of this transaction, the combined NewCold network will feature over 815,000 pallet places of temperature-controlled capacity across nine facilities in six countries, with a global footprint that spans North America, Europe and Australia.

About Pacaro

Pacaro is a professionally managed, multi-generational family owned company established in 1984. The company is very experienced in the management of cold chain processes with a legacy of reliability and long-standing, excellent relationships with customers.

The modern Pacaro cold store east of Rome is located on an area of ​​200,000 m2. The new development site, located south east of Rome, is located in the heart of the central Italian logistics hub, with more than 25,000 pallet places of frozen and fresh stock capacity. www.pacaro.it

 

 

Luca Quaresima of NewCold Awarded 2020 Global NextGen Award

We are happy to share today’s press release of the GCCA:

Today, Luca Quaresima, of NewCold Advanced Cold Logistics, was awarded the 2020 Global NextGen Award from the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA). In the five years of the award’s history, Luca is the first recipient from Europe to be awarded this top honor. The Global NextGen Award recognizes outstanding young professionals in the world’s cold chain industry.

Luca Quaresima

“The Global NextGen Award celebrates the accomplishments of our industry’s rising stars and Luca is a great example of that,” said Brian Beazer, General Manager and CEO of WCS Logistics and the Chairman of the World Food Logistics Organization. “2020 showed us the need for individuals who lead, now more than ever. All of our nominees were in good company and have proven themselves to be great young leaders.”

Among other eligibility requirements for the award, finalists demonstrate excellence in their work; the potential to excel further in many facets within the industry; and insight into their organizations’ strategic values, direction, policies and ways of working.

Candidates for the 2020 GCCA Global NextGen Award were nominated by national refrigerated warehousing organizations to compete virtually for the global award. In addition to Quaresima, finalists included:
• Demi Hiriaki, from Iceland Cold Storage in Australia and winner of the 2019 Frank Vale Award
• Zeshan Hassan, from Congebec, Inc. in Canada, and winner of the 2020 Don Schlimme Future Leader Award
As part of the selection process, each nominee was interviewed and judged by a panel of industry leaders from around the world. Candidates were evaluated on their knowledge level of the industry, track record of excellence, communication skills and leadership skills. In addition, each candidate delivered a ten-minute presentation to the panel of judges virtually.

If you, or a representative from your company, would like to compete for the 2021 award, please visit GCCA’s website for more information.

Automatic Truck (Un)Loading to play key role at new Corby facility

NewCold is installing an Automated Truck (Un)Loading  (ATU/ATL) system for double-deck trailers at its Corby site scheduled to open in autumn.

The system was originally designed in 2017 for its first Wakefield deepfreeze storage facility. The ATU/ATL bridges the gap between the deep-frozen production or storage environment and NewCold’s 44-pallet double-deck trailers.

Accordingly, 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 the pallets are automatically transferred into the double-deck trailer, docked to the front of the pod.

NewCold POD

 

 

Meanwhile, three electric-powered refrigeration systems hold the temperature at a constant minus 25 degrees.

With loading completed in five minutes, every deep-frozen package or pallet remains at a constant set temperature of minus 22 to minus 25 degrees. At no time during its journey from the production line to completed loading in the trailer does any pallet need to be exposed to an ambient environment or touched by an operative.

The same process is reversed when the load reaches the NewCold warehouse where automatic unloading capability unloads the trailer, again in approximately five minutes, directly into a frozen storage facility.

NewCold Principal Sponsor of the Dutch 2022 Winter Olympic Bobsleigh & Skeleton Team

NewCold Signs Agreement as Principal Sponsor of the Dutch 2022 Winter Olympic Bobsleigh & Skeleton Team

 New partnership significantly boosts support and confidence helping athletes give it their best

Pioneering Netherlands-based cold chain logistics company, NewCold, is pleased to announce it has signed an agreement with the Bob en Sleebond Nederland (BSBN) to sponsor the Dutch bobsleigh and skeleton team as it prepares for the 2022 Winter Olympics to be hosted in Beijing, China. The agreement also includes an option to extend the sponsorship for the following four years in the run-up to the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan, Italy.

On the left Piet Meijs, VP Business Development NewCold, and Wim Noorman, President of the BSBN | Picture: BSBN

Bram Hage, Founder and Executive Officer of NewCold said: “This partnership supports a new era of collaboration for NewCold and a national sport that we are all extremely proud of.  The bobsleigh and skeleton team has a big dream. We have always supported talent in the pursuit of excellence, the possibility of opportunity, and the spirit of competition and pushing new boundaries. We also feel most at home in a cold environment.”

“We’re honoured to be working with the BSBN and we look forward to this being the start of a long and successful relationship and we can’t help but be excited for what the future holds.”

Wim Noorman, Chairman of the Bob en Sleebond Nederland said: “NewCold offers us the opportunity to further professionalize our sport. It gives the union more financial scope and therefore we can invest more in training and talent development.  In addition, Team KPN has extended the agreement with our athletes. Sybren Jansma, who participated in the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, will join the board with a focus on talent development.

Two-men Bobsleigh Team Ivo de Bruin and Janko Franjic | Picture: ISBF

Ivo de Bruin, helmsman of the Dutch bobsleigh team, is delighted with the NewCold collaboration: “This is wonderful in the run-up to the Games. It offers us, among other things, the opportunity to go to China for a month at the start of the new season, to descend on the Olympic track in training sessions and a World Cup. In addition, we can bring our own sleds. This comes with a hefty price tag, but we can now handle that thanks to NewCold. Moreover, we will be able to train much more in Germany, Canada or Latvia next summer. As a team we can now realize a few hundred extra “nudges”, which is important for streamlining and efficiency. ”

NewCold will use its voice as a sponsor to applaud the journey these athletes take on the road to their Olympic dreams and the many dedicated people who have supported them along the way.

Skeleton Kimberley Bos | Picture: ISBF

NewCold Continues to Transform the Cold Store Industry with New Facility and Expands Partnership with Conagra Brands

State-of-the-art facility brings significant investment to Lebanon, Indianapolis

 

Chicago, Illinois—Friday, November 13, 2020—Pioneering Netherlands-based cold chain logistics company, NewCold, is pleased to announce that it is investing in a new, state-of-the art facility and expanding its existing customer partnership with Conagra Brands, one of North America’s leading branded food companies.

NewCold   will build and operate an advanced, large-scale automated cold store facility which will be the biggest in Indiana and one of the largest in the United States. It is approximately half the size of the mammoth Lucas Oil stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts. At 141 feet high (43 meters), the facility holds over 100,000 pallet positions.

Lebanon, Ind., facility will be NewCold’s third facility in the U.S., including an existing presence in Tacoma, Wash., and Burley, Idaho. Scheduled to be operational in 2022, the US$150 million facility is expected to create 150-200 new jobs.

Bram Hage, Founder and CEO of NewCold said: “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.”

Craig Weiss, Sr. Vice President of Supply Chain and Chief Transformation Officer for Conagra Brands said: “At Conagra Brands, we’re modernizing 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 center that will support our growing frozen business so we can better meet the needs of our customers and consumers.”

Jonas Swarttouw, VP, Customer & Business Development for NewCold in North America, said: “Collaborating with respected partners like Conagra drives our success, as we share an ambition to transform the industry and reimagine the global food supply chain.  As we continue to expand our North American presence, we support local communities in efforts to foster economic growth and create high-quality employment opportunities. The NewCold team at our Chicago Regional HQ will be leading the development, implementation and start-up of the operation, in close cooperation with our partners and stakeholders.”

The Indianapolis cold storage facility will use state-of-the-art technology including automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) to automatically move and store products in the ‘dark’ high-bay warehouse. To serve the high volume of case picking, an advanced automated case picking solution for detailed order fulfilment activities is part of the investment. The equipment and operators will be directed by NewCold’s proprietary advanced software systems, while products are kept in optimal conditions with all cold store areas cooled down to sub-zero temperatures. This advanced cold chain solution ensures that processes are sustainable, traceable, fully integrated with the processes of NewCold’s customers, and always at the very forefront of technological developments.

NewCold expects to begin site mobilization and construction activities in the coming weeks.

 

Update of the New Rennes Facility

Please find below an update of the construction of our coldstorage near Rennes, France.

Despite the constraints imposed by Covid 19 measures, the construction is in progress. The cold storage at this location consists of 3 building parts because of the French legislation for fire safety.

We look forward to the finalization of this project and to be able to service our valued customers at this site.

This site near Rennes will be the second coldstorage on French soil for NewCold. Our other site is situated in Argentan. Like to know more? You can find more details here: NewCold Argentan.

NewCold Establishes US Headquarters in Chicago

NewCold is excited to announce that we are establishing the US Headquarters in downtown Chicago.

The team working out of the US Headquarters will be focused on supporting the growth of NewCold in North America.

We are proud of this huge milestone, and we will continue to provide leading food companies with the most compelling logistic cold chain experience possible.

We thank the SunTimes and World Business Chicago for their warm, welcoming words in the SunTimes, WSJ and Tribune!

Video Update Construction New Coldstorage during COVID-19 Times

Watch what our general contractor B-Built and our own team do to keep the construction site near Rennes, France, a safe and healthy place. Our compliments and thanks to all team members onsite of B-Built , and Pigeon TP.

A blog post of Jon Miles, Country Manager UK, on the COVID 19 situation

Jon Miles

Jon Miles, Country Manager UK

Challenging times for the food sector

After the supply chain disruption and adjustment of previous weeks, things seem to have stabilised into the current normal at NewCold. With a customer base supplying Retailers, and the Food Service and Quick Serve outlets recent weeks have seen major upheaval in everything related to food storage and distribution. The announcement to reduce use, and then close “hospitality” outlets serving food saw a major impact on sales through non retail channels and the cancellation of multiple orders. On the converse side panic buying, and more people eating at home saw a spike in retail consumption which I read has seen 5 weeks with bigger sales than Christmas, but with no pre-planning or stock build…. Challenging to say the least.

Proud of our team

Throughout these times though there is one thing that has been consistent, and that is the dedication and effort of the people involved in logistics in the Cold Chain. Often taken for granted and not even thought about most of the time, by the general public, there are tens of thousands of people up and down the country working every day to keep the retail freezers stocked so that we can all pick up what we need, when we need it.

As usual I couldn’t be prouder of the NewCold team who have stepped up to the mark again and been almost faultless to ensure that our customers get their products delivered on time and in full, for the best chance of maximum availability on shelf.

Learning curve

There are some signs that the measures taken to force people to social distance, are having a positive impact and fingers crossed we can start to think of a move back to the old ‘normal’, although I have a feeling that some things may never be quite the same again. I really hope that from this point on we will always appreciate the key workers, and cough and sneeze into tissues/hankies, and wash our hands more often, and look out for our neighbours, and those that are vulnerable in our society.

A final big thanks to the NewCold team, and to all of the key workers trying to keep the country, fed, watered, fit and healthy in these unusual times.