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 new facility will result in up to 225 new, full-time jobs by 2023 in Salina and include automated state-of-the-art pizza-production lines, shipping and receiving docks, and office space. The company already employs 1,125 people at its current 550,000-square-foot production facility and distribution center in Salina. Additional projects are planned for the Salina site over the next several years as Schwan’s plans for continued growth in the company’s pizza business, representing an investment of several hundred million dollars in total.
After several delays due to COVID-19, John Soules Foods, the City of Valley, and the Chambers County Development Authority (CCDA) announce that construction on the new John Soules Foods facility in Valley, Alabama, has begun.
Carne Collective – the first Argentinian beef delivery company in the US – has launched its eco-friendly Argentinian meat delivery direct to U.S. consumers now available for pre-sale for a true farm-to-table experience. The Carne Collective subscription pre-sale is offering three different boxes to choose from, and pre-sale customers will unlock discounted pricing as long as their subscriptions remain active.
Refrigerated Solutions Group (“RSG”), an industry leader in refrigerated equipment and service, recently announced several management promotions. Bob Stevens has been promoted to the Director of Dealer Sales, Craig Hammel has accepted the role of Director of Strategic Accounts, Kim McGee has been promoted to the Director of CX & Sales Support and Pam Williams has accepted the position of Director of Business Development & Project Management for RSG. All four will report directly to Dan Hinkle, Chief Commercial Officer for RSG. Stevens and Hammel will assume their new roles immediately while McGee and Williams will take on their new responsibilities August 17th.
Upfield, the world’s leading producer of plant-based spreads and plant butters, today introduced its newest plant butter brand, Flora, with the launch of Flora Plant Butter in the United States. Flora Plant Butter is a vegan, dairy free, gluten free, and non-GMO plant butter with a rich and creamy taste and which consumers can use 1:1 in baking and cooking but is made with plant-based oils, and no artificial flavors or preservatives. Flora Plant Butter is packaged in paper wrapping, not plastic, making it a more environmentally responsible choice for consumers looking to reduce their imprint on our planet through sustainable foods, without sacrificing taste.
Ramen Lab, the pop-up restaurant incubator from Sun Noodle, announced today that it is launching a frozen prepared ramen bowl product line called Ramen Lab at Home: Chef to Guest. Ramen Lab will collaborate with celebrated ramen chefs. The store will officially launch on August 7.
The July 2020 issue of Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine takes a mid-year snapshot of the cold chain in our annual State of the Industry Report, plus our 2020 Best New Retail Products Contest winners, women in cold chain logistics, the latest innovations in palletizers and refrigeration controls, plus much more—just click below to start reading.