Where do you turn when you need a new temperature-controlled warehouse that can rapidly freeze up to 79 million pounds of cranberries? For the agricultural cooperative Ocean Spray, the answer was Americold Realty Trust, an Atlanta-based cold chain specialist.
For Ocean Spray, the well-known producer of fruit juice, snacks, and cranberry sauce, Americold was the logical choice. The two have been partners for nearly 40 years.
In late August, Americold announced the official opening of the new facility, which will be used for the distribution of Craisins brand dried cranberries. Located adjacent to Ocean Spray's production facility in Middleborough, Mass., the site has 165,000 square feet of temperature-controlled space across three rooms and a loading dock. Collectively, the three rooms, which operate at 0 degrees F, can accommodate about 60,000 totes, which equates to nearly 80 million pounds of berries.
This new facility represents Americold's fifth in the state of Massachusetts. It joins 155 other warehouses owned and operated by the company in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Argentina.