Ahold Delhaize USA announced Americold as its partner to build the two previously announced fully-automated frozen warehouses. The new facilities are part of the company’s previously announced supply chain transformation plan as it transitions to a fully-integrated, self-distribution model. The plan will expand cold-storage space by 24 million cubic feet, or 500,000 sqf, by building the two frozen facilities in partnership with Americold. The facilities will be located in Plainville, Connecticut, which will serve Ahold Delhaize USA’s Northeast brands, and in Mountville, Pennsylvania, which will serve Ahold Delhaize USA’s Mid-Atlantic brands.
“We’re extremely proud of this new partnership with Americold and the opportunity to fully expand our cold-storage capacity as part of our current storage needs and future growth plans,” Chris Lewis, executive vice president, Supply Chain for Retail Business Services, the services company for Ahold Delhaize USA said. “Americold is a leading expert in this space, and we’re confident in their abilities to build state-of-the-art facilities that will meet our needs and serve our omnichannel growth strategy.”
Ahold Delhaize USA companies’ distribution networks include 16 traditional and e-commerce distribution centers that service the local brands of Ahold Delhaize USA, including Food Lion, Giant Food, The Giant Company, Hannaford and Stop & Shop. The network will grow to 23 facilities by 2023. This enhanced distribution network will provide coverage for Ahold Delhaize USA’s local brands from Maine to Georgia.
Considered together, the companies of Ahold Delhaize USA comprise the largest grocery retail group on the East Coast and the fourth largest group in the US, with nearly 2,000 retail stores and more than 6 million annualized online grocery orders. Additionally, the companies of Ahold Delhaize USA operate some of the most extensive supply chain operations on the East Coast, including more than 1,000 trucks that travel more than 120 million miles annually and deliver 1.1 billion cases to local brands’ stores.