One of the new warehouses under construction in Truganina

AUSTRALIA: NewCold Advanced Cold Logistics is expanding into Australia with two new warehouses near Melbourne – including a chilled one for the first time.

One of the sites in Truganina, for frozen goods, will store products for new customer, McCain Foods, Australia along with Peters Ice Cream Australia, part of the Froneri group.

NewCold, which is headquartered in the Netherlands, already has state-of-the-art cold stores in the UK, France, Germany and Poland.

The site, being built by storage equipment manufacturer Dematic, will consist of an integrated system combining automated pallet handling systems using in-house warehouse and control software developed by NewCold.

“The storage and handling of McCain’s frozen products in the new automated facility will give us a more stable temperature regime and highly accurate stock control,” said McCain Foods ANZ supply chain director Taso Kourou.

The other site, also based in Truganina, will handle chilled and ambient product for dairy company Fonterra Australia which is consolidating its distribution network and six warehouses into the one facility. Opening in July, the 12-storey site will be capable of holding up to 110,000 pallets.

NewCold is able to handle major automated coldstore projects worldwide having built up experience in Europe, and includes the highly automated, 40m high cold storage plant in Wakefield, UK. Phase one of the Wakefield warehouse had been completed and phase 2 – to expand the site – will take place next year.