Editor-in-Chief Michael Costa details how COVID-19 has helped cold storage become a hot business in 2020, and conversely how the pandemic has devastated the traditional model for foodservice distribution.
Looking back on what we’ll call 2020 B.C. (Before Coronavirus), the pipeline for cold storage construction was already robust and healthy. According to research by commercial real estate firm CBRE, overall industrial construction—which encompasses cold storage, along with warehouses, distribution centers, manufacturing facilities, self-storage, office and flex space—was at 298 million square feet (MSF) before COVID-19, bolstered by the ongoing rise of e-commerce.
New DG Fresh facilities in Oklahoma, California and Kentucky are expected to create 65 jobs and support approximately 1,500 Dollar General stores.
August 7, 2020
Dollar General announces the planned addition of three new DG Fresh facilities to support its strategic, multi-phased shift to self-distribution of frozen and refrigerated products such as dairy, deli and other perishable items. As Dollar General works to build the infrastructure to better support customers, the Company is investing in communities across the country and creating new career opportunities. As of May 2020, Dollar General was self-distributing to more than 9,000 stores from six DG Fresh cold storage facilities.
The Port of Mobile’s newest refrigerated cargo facility is on track for an early 2021 opening at one of the nation’s fastest growing container ports. The facility is located outside the gates of the seaport’s container terminal operated by APM Terminals and has immediate access to I-10. The distribution center will be one of the largest of its kind in the Southeast. Its proximity to the container terminal and max loading capabilities will not only add value but help customers reduce their carbon footprint by limiting the number of trucks on the road.
Jamison Cold Storage, ESI Group USA and Delta T Construction contribute to the project.
February 17, 2020
In order to increase production capabilities, Jones Dairy Farm underwent an expansion and renovation of the former McCain Foods Inc. plant. This included a 68,183 sq-ft. addition to the existing processing plant, resulting in a 306,263 sq-ft. total facility. The expansion consisted of a new process area, refrigerated truck dock, employee area mezzanine, and parking and site improvements.
The growth of online grocery sales has stoked demand for additional cold storage warehousing space in the United States.
October 1, 2019
The growth of online grocery sales has stoked demand for additional cold storage warehousing space in the United States, but the cost and complexity of constructing cold storage facilities might make meeting that demand challenging, according to a new report from CBRE, Los Angeles.
From the influx of e-commerce and direct-to-consumer to maintaining employees’ well-being and implementing more automated solutions, here’s how today’s cold storage construction providers are meeting grocery retailers’ and warehouse providers’ needs.
CEBA’s mission is to represent the expert builders who specialize in the design and construction of controlled environment buildings.
November 15, 2018
In an effort to better align with a changing industry and the expanding expertise of its members, the International Association for Cold Storage Construction (IACSC), a core partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), Alexandria, Va., transitioned to a new name—the Controlled Environment Building Association (CEBA).
The California Construction Expo is the Golden State’s premier gathering for contractors, designers, construction professionals, suppliers and construction workers to learn directly from government agencies about the increasing opportunities associated with $150 billion in public work programs currently proposed or underway.
Check out the September 2020 edition of Refrigerated & Frozen Foods: Cold storage construction and COVID-19, how foodservice is adapting to coronavirus challenges, SugarCreek, 2020 cold storage construction guide & directory and much more!