Working with Salem, MA-based Groom Energy, Americold has installed LED lighting systems from Digital Lumens in facilities located in Massachusetts, Utah and Wisconsin. The upgrades produce higher quality lighting and reduce overall energy consumption up to 90 percent or 2.3 million kilowatt hours (kWhs) annually. Over the coming months, Groom Energy and Americold are scheduled to upgrade facilities in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois and Texas. The projects will reduce an additional 3.3 million kWhs and 3.25 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually.
U.S. Foodservice, Rosemont, IL, has purchased Ritter Food Service, a division of the Pennfield Corp. Ritter, based in Mount Joy, PA, is a specialty distributor of high quality poultry, meats and seafood, including the Pennfield Farms brand. Ritter serves more than 1,000 customers which include local retailers and restaurants in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. Ritter's operations will become part of the U.S. Foodservice Allentown, PA, division.
Lawson Software, St. Paul, MN, has released the Lawson M3 Graphical Lot Tracker, a pre-configured supply chain traceability solution. Designed for rapid implementation and ease of use, the solution can help food companies gain greater control over food supply chain safety and quality and help them address compliance and traceability regulations introduced by U.S. and European regulatory agencies. It helps improve supply chain visibility and helps food producers track production processes from raw materials, through production, and to the point of sale. It can also help companies manage potential product recalls.
TMW Systems has acquired Appian Logistics Software, with offices in Oklahoma City, OK. The addition expands TMW's presence in logistics planning and transportation management for 3PLs, dedicated logistics operators, courier services and private fleets operating in retail, food and beverage distribution and restaurant supply markets among others. Terms of the transaction were not made public.
Edible Arrangements, the leader in hand-sculpted, fresh-fruit arrangements, has opened a 125,000-square-foot warehouse in Riverside, CA. The facility belongs to BerryDirect LLC which sources and manages the containers designed specifically for Edible Arrangements’ fresh fruit products. With this move, 10 new employees were added to handle the daily production needs, bringing the total number to 25 employees…. A M King has been selected to provide general contracting services for a 840,000 square foot, climate controlled food distribution facility in Black Mountain, NC, The facility will consist of 770,000 square feet of cooler and freezing space with temperatures ranging from 55° to -20°; a 20,000 square foot ice facility; and 45,000 square feet of office space. The facility will also contain a refrigeration engine room which will house a 2,700 ton, ammonia refrigeration system. The climate-controlled space includes over 20,000 product storage rack positions, 11 banana ripening rooms and 84 dock stations with full vertical levers. The facility will also include an ice plant that will provide 75 tons of ice per day.