Ryder expands food packaging capability

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Ryder System Inc. announced it has expanded its food packaging and distribution capability by investing in significant enhancements to its 327,000-square-foot food packaging and distribution center in Beaver Dam, Wis.

Strategically located in the heart of the Midwest’s agricultural region, the Beaver Dam Logistics Center serves food manufacturers with distribution, packaging and production capabilities for a wide array of frozen and refrigerated foods. The facility, which features a low-temperature environment (-10 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit), recently was expanded with a 15,000-square-foot temperature-controlled addition that has been equipped to package refrigerated and frozen foods, vegetables, fruits and meats.

Ryder also added a packaging line with seven-station blending capability that includes high-speed robotic palletizing and automatic and semi-automatic cartoning. With a total expanded space of 342,000 square feet and the new technology, the BDLC will be able to add lines quickly and easily to meet increased volume requirements, as well as provide packaging for a greater variety of products, packaging sizes and blends.

“Increased consumer demand for frozen and refrigerated foods in convenient formats is driving food manufacturers to look for unique and cost-effective ways to better manage how they process, package and distribute their products,” says Darin Cooprider, vice president of Consumer Packaged Goods, Ryder Supply Chain Solutions. “With this large multiclient facility, our customers can take advantage of the investments Ryder has already made in the technology, equipment and processing capabilities, while also enjoying the flexibility of a space that can be adjusted to meet their changing needs.”