Ben E. Keith Co., Fort Worth, Texas, broke ground on a new foodservice distribution center in Albuquerque, N.M. 

Construction of the 261,000-square-foot distribution center will begin immediately, with an estimated completion date of November 2021. The new facility will include the latest innovative features such as multishuttle systems from Dematic, Grand Rapids, Mich.; state-of-the-art refrigeration systems from Frick Industrial Refrigeration, Waynesboro, Pa.; security systems; LED Lighting; exclusive warehouse management systems; a modern test kitchen; and training center. 

"As we continue to expand, Ben E. Keith Foods is honored to have the opportunity to serve the communities of the Southwest and support the rich culinary traditions so unique to this part of the country," says Mike Sweet, president.

The project will create 90 new jobs over the next five years.