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 ‘on course’ with new cold storage facility

Preparations for NewCold’s second UK deep freeze storage facility are fully on course, says the company. Following the build commencement next month, the operation is expected to go live just one year later.

Based in Corby, the facility sits on a 23-acre plot which, says Country Director Jon Miles, is a prime location in the logistics ‘golden triangle’, with proximity to frozen distribution centres of large retail and food service customers and perfectly located to help customers reduce food miles and cut costs.

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Jon Miles, Country Manager UK

“Everything is going to plan for the new site” he explains, “and given the high demands being placed on our Wakefield facility, even with its colossal 4 million-pallet annual turnover, our target date for opening in the fourth quarter of 2021, hardly seems soon enough!”

Even though the Wakefield hub has a giant storage capacity of 143,000 pallets and is only just over 5 years old, NewCold were already making plans early in 2019 to establish  an additional site further south in the UK.

“We needed  to enhance our national service, particularly  for customers wishing to benefit from a closer facility than the Wakefield site. To this end,  Corby  is ideally situated to support UK frozen food manufacturers and importers looking to enhance their supply chain value.”

Jon further explains that in keeping with NewCold’s focus on sustainability and as demonstrated at their uniquely designed   Wakefield site, the new facility will use around 50% less energy than a conventional cold storage operation.

“This, coupled with our ability to reduce food miles by using high-volume trailers,” adds Jon, “will greatly reduce CO2 emissions and energy use.”

With headquarters in the Netherlands, NewCold is regarded as a leader in developing and operating highly automated cold stores and energy efficient handling systems. At present, the company has around 750 employees worldwide and operates eight locations on three continents.

NewCold grows again as demand for cold storage outstrips supply

In response to continued demand from the food manufacturing sector the automated cold storage specialist, NewCold, is starting the construction of a new deepfreeze facility in Corby UK this October and expects to see the first pallets arriving only one year later.

Based on the energy-saving  sustainable formula which underpins the success of the group’s existing sites worldwide, the Corby facility sits on a 23-acre plot which, says Country Director Jon Miles, is a prime location in the logistics ‘golden triangle’, with proximity to frozen distribution centres of large retail and food service customers and will enable NewCold to help their customers reduce food miles and cut costs.

“Since opening our first UK site in Wakefield 5 years ago, we have seen an increase in demand for our warehouse and transport services of over 150%” he explains, “and although the Wakefield plant is the largest of its kind in the country, handling 4,000,000 pallets annually and storing 143,000 at any given time, demand has outstripped supply.”

Therefore, the decision came easily for the company to establish another facility further south in the UK, which would enhance NewCold’s offer to customers for whom Wakefield may not have added value, geographically. Now, says Jon, the Corby site is ideally located to support UK frozen food manufacturers and importers looking to create supply chain value.

“Furthermore,” he says “with a focus on sustainability at both the Wakefield and Corby sites, our unique cold store design – which uses around 50% less energy than conventional stores – coupled with our ability to reduce food miles by using high-volume trailers, will greatly reduce CO2 emissions and energy use.”

The Corby operation will enable NewCold to offer their services to customers for whom Wakefield may not have been geographically well-situated or who had run out of space.

NewCold are already speaking to high volume potential customers, to add to an impressive list of Wakefield customers, including McCain, Aunt Bessie, Birds Eye, Froneri, Finsbury, and Grupo Bimbo –  all of whom  benefit from NewCold’s sustainable transport, storage and WMS solutions, including automatic handling equipment to reduce loading times, while retaining product integrity.

“The decision to build a second facility” adds Jon Miles, “has been driven by an increasing wide-scale demand for storage and handling, while the number of deep-frozen storage facilities has reduced. This has seen cold stores at capacity during certain times over the last 2 years and the trend appears to be continuing, so we feel this is the right time to invest.”

With headquarters in the Netherlands, NewCold is regarded as a leader in developing and operating highly automated cold stores and energy efficient handling systems. At present, the company has around 800 employees worldwide and operates eight locations on three continents.

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Update of Construction Coldstorage near Rennes, France

Please find below an update of the construction of our coldstorage near Rennes, France. Because of the COVID-19 crisis we had some delay in the construction of our new site which is situated in Montauban-de-Bretagne, near Rennes. However, all our suppliers have been very cooperative and had a problem solving attitude. That’s why the construction is back on track again and we are very delighted to show you some pictures of the progress. In great collaboration with our general contractor B-Built and its subcontractors we do our utmost to finalize the project within all goals set.

This site in Montauban will be 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 Special in Business Focus Magazine

Recently Abhy Maharaj, Global CCO and COO, has been interviewed by Business Focus Magazine. They made a special issue of our company which gives a good impression of our business focus!

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NewCold in Business Focus June 2020

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.

Automated systems allow us to continually support the food supply chain

In today’s world complicated by the COVID-19 virus, the need for safe food storage remains. Shifts in stock and perhaps even surpluses are occurring, for example due to the closure of restaurants and the increase in demand in supermarkets. NewCold can support your business in these new circumstances.

High level of automation guarantees continuity

Our core goal is to provide a safe food coldchain, which is possible during these difficult times because of our high level of automation. Our coldstores continue working 24/7 without any problems. Since we are not dependent on a high number of employees in the storage itself, our operation is stable. Automation in your supply chain and limiting the touches to your product add peace of mind for you and your customers.

Open for Business

We still have some capacity left in a number of cold stores and we are happy to offer these to the needs in the market. Do you need, perhaps temporarily, frozen storage? Do not hesitate to contact us. We will immediately check whether a suitable solution can be found for you.

We are happy to help all parties in the food chain to supply your customers.

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Update: the construction of the NewCold coldstorage near Rennes, France

After a very wet winter in Montauban de Bretagne, France, the construction activities are progressing well. All piling activities are finished and we are working on the foundation beams. The first steel deliveries for the highbay arrived on site and are stored on the highbay areas.

Next week we head towards the clouds; every time a great moment in the building process. At the moment our general contractor, B-Built, and their subcontractors are working very hard. In the very near future our other partners SSI Schaefer, TGW, Mias, Ceratec, Engie and Eiffage will start on site.

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