As demand for cold foods soared in 2020, so did the hours forklifts were used to load and unload goods. We look at what lift truck technology will help operators continue meeting the challenges of an accelerated cold chain.
Congratulations to the top-five winners in our 2021 Best New Frozen Retail Products Contest! These five companies pulled away from the pack of 20 nominated products in online voting from April 2 to May 2, and will be honored with individual Q&As in our July magazine.
New England Cold Storage (NECS) has secured debt financing with Rockland Trust Company for its first cold storage warehouse facility. The $22.9 million loan will go towards their new 120,252-square-foot public refrigerated warehouse that will provide cold storage and logistics services to food producers, processors, wholesalers, and importers.
Wildgood, a plant-based ice cream and the first non-dairy frozen dessert made with extra virgin olive oil, can now be delivered directly to consumers' doors. The brand is offering nationwide shipping (with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii) for orders placed on the Wildgood website. This expansion comes on the heels of a successful grocery store roll-out in select stores across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region earlier this spring.
Monogram Foods has started construction on a new 135,000-square-foot production facility in Creek Brook Park, Haverhill, Massachusetts. Monogram has plant and warehousing facilities in Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Virginia and Wisconsin. This is Monogram’s 3rd Massachusetts location, and will feature 109,000 square feet of multi-temperature warehouse space, plus a 26,000-square-foot sandwich assembly area. The facility is expected to be completed by mid-2022.
On our latest Cold Corner Podcast, Lauren Edmonds, newly elected president of the Refrigerated Foods Association (RFA) joins Editor-in-Chief Michael Costa to discuss the RFA’s plans for the coming year, plus how the pandemic is still affecting the refrigerated foods industry through price hikes and shortages on ingredients, a shrinking labor pool, and more. They also discuss Edmonds’ company, St. Clair Foods, and their move to an automated production facility.
Vive Organic, a leader in fresh-pressed immunity beverages, has officially launched its newest wellness shots and some of the most potent shots on the market: Pure Boost Ginger and Pure Boost Turmeric.