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  September 14th, 2018 | Written by

Americold opens Middleborough, Mass., facility

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  • Americold Mass. facility comprises three temperature-controlled rooms and a 165,000 square-foot loading dock.
  • New facility can rapidly freeze 79 million pounds of cranberries.
  • New facility represents uninterrupted temperature-controlled supply chain integrity and nutritious food.

Americold Realty Trust, the world’s largest owner and operator of temperature-controlled warehouses, has announced that its brand new Middleborough, Massachusetts, facility is now officially open.

The facility comprises three temperature-controlled rooms and a loading dock with 165,000 square feet of capacity. Designed in partnership with Ocean Spray, the facility, can rapidly freeze up to 79 million pounds of cranberries to ensure the fruit’s integrity, flavor, and health benefits.

“This new facility represents the best of both companies: state-of- the-art, uninterrupted temperature-controlled supply chain integrity and efficiency with nutritious, high-quality food,” said Fred Boehler, President and Chief Executive Officer of Americold.

The desire to rapidly freeze such large volumes of product necessitated significant refrigeration horsepower. Americold’s engineering team provided a solution that met Ocean Spray’s exacting specifications for both present needs and the foreseeable future.

“Americold and Ocean Spray have partnered for close to 40 years,” said Earl Larson, Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Operations, Ocean Spray. “The Middleborough site represents the latest addition to our ongoing strategic relationship.”

Ocean Spray is an agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 cranberry farmers in the United States, Canada, and Chile. Formed in 1930, Ocean Spray is the world’s leading producer of cranberry juices, juice drinks, and dried cranberries and is the best-selling brand in the North American bottled juice category.

The opening of this facility is in line with Americold’s mission as the global provider of choice for temperature-controlled infrastructure and supply chain solutions for the food and beverage industry.

The new site, Americold’s fifth in the state of Massachusetts, joins facilities in Boston, Taunton, and two in Gloucester, bringing Americold’s total capacity to almost 19 million cubic feet in the state.