US-based supply chain management solutions company Ryder System has expanded its 327,000ft² food packaging and distribution centre in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

The Beaver Dam Logistics Center (BDLC) was expanded with a 15,000ft², temperature-controlled addition that has been equipped to package refrigerated and frozen foods, vegetables, fruits and meats.

A packaging line with a seven-station blending capability was also added, including robotic palletising and automatic and semi-automatic cartoning.

The facility features a low-temperature environment between -10°F and 45°F and serves food manufacturers with distribution, packaging and production capabilities for a wide array of frozen and refrigerated foods.

According to the company, it will be easy to add new lines quickly to the currently expanded space of 342,000ft² to meet increased volume requirements and to provide packaging for a variety of products, packaging sizes and blends.

Ryder Supply Chain Solutions vice president of consumer packaged goods Darin Cooprider, commenting on the development, said, "With this large, multi-client 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."

BDLC’s capabilities include vertical form-fill seal for vegetables, fruit and other foods, blending and mixing, individual quick freeze (IQF), vegetable processing (including cleaning, cutting, inspection and sorting) and robotic palletising.

The facility produces zipper tops, pillow packs, steamers, and upright bags, and processes about 75 million pounds of goods per year.