Kloosterboer to Develop New Fully Automated Cold Store in Lelystad
International logistics service provider Kloosterboer is to extend its services for, amongst others, McCain, the world’s largest producer of french fries and other potato products. Kloosterboer is set to develop a new state-of-the-art fully automated high-bay cold store featuring a capacity of 40,000 pallet spaces. The new facility will be built on a site covering nearly 2.6 hectares and should be operational in the fourth quarter of 2018. It is expected that the construction of the cold store and the collaboration with McCain will generate abt. 50 additional jobs.
Kloosterboer is already an integrated supply chain partner for McCain in Harnes (France), Maasvlakte Rotterdam and Vlissingen (The Netherlands). Lelystad is an obvious choice for the new facility. Not only is it located in the vicinity of the existing McCain facility in the Oostervaart-Oost industrial area, but is also the ideal location from which to distribute the finished products further into Europe thanks to its excellent hinterland connection. “We are very proud to be creating a second distribution center with our partner McCain in order to optimise their supply chain strategy”, says Stephane Pluenet, COO of Kloosterboer.
Kloosterboer and the municipality of Lelystad have been working closely and expeditiously on all the preparations necessary to make this project a reality. For example, the environmental permit has already been granted. According to Jop Fackeldey, Lelystad’s city alderman for Economic Affairs, Kloosterboer’s move in to Lelystad marks the confirmation of the city’s development as a logistic hot spot in the Netherlands. Accessibility is key to economic success. The widening of the A6, the expansion of Lelystad Airport, the construction of Flevokust Haven, the good connections to the rail network and the good urban facilities make Lelystad an ideal location for companies that depend on good connections and access to transport networks. Kloosterboer, McCain and Lelystad are a great combination. Furthermore such developments contribute to the employment opportunities that this city needs,” said the Alderman.
The new Kloosterboer Lelystad site will consist of the very latest technology and use 50% less energy than a conventional coldstore, equivalent to a reduction of 1,551 tons of CO2 per year. Kloosterboer provides a total solution for McCain by centralising the stock for Northern Europe which was previously stored at four different locations. This centralisation reduces road traffic by about 6,000 transports and 420,000 km, amounting to 386 tons of CO2 per year.
According to Jean Bernou, CEO of McCain Continental Europe, McCain has once again chosen Kloosterboer as they have proven to be a reliable integrated supply chain partner in Europe and deliver a very high standard in service provision and a state of the art information platform.