Hanson Logistics, St. Joseph, Mich., said it expanded its multi-vendor consolidation (MVC) program to include refrigerated service. Officials say the move assures processors that their products will not be co-mingled with frozen products in the same trailer. By sharing trailers set specifically to hold temperatures between 34­ F to 38 F, refrigerated food shippers are assured a "protect from freeze" environment while still receiving high quality, on-time delivery. Hanson says its Velocities MVC has the "critical mass to build consolidated truckload shipments among multiple vendors for collaborative distribution through the United States."
"Our emphasis on food quality and safety extends from our warehouses out to final delivery," said Andrew Janson, president, Hanson Logistics. "The volume, process and assets are in place for refrigerated food shippers to achieve the same cost benefits as shippers in a frozen consolidation program."
Hanson operates its MVC program from the company's Chicago Consolidation Center, in Hobart, Ind. Hanson has eight Midwest warehouses with 37 million cubic-feet of deep frozen, refrigerated and dry warehousing space.

New York real estate watcherCitybizlistreported thatBrick City Development Corporation, Newark, N.J.'s economic development group, sold a 105,000-sq.-ft. industrial building toBartlett Dairy, a Jamaica, N.Y., food and dairy distributor with operations in New Jersey, Connecticut and New York. Officials said Bartlett expects by June to relocate its Clifton, N.J., operation and 175 jobs to Newark. the company reportedly plans to consolidate other operations into Newark during the next two to three years as well.Citybizlist said Bartlett is the exclusive, tri-state distributor to more 550 Starbucks stores and it is the largest fresh milk distributor in the Northeast for Elmhurst Dairy.