The first pile was driven on October 18 to support the foundation of a new Kloosterboer refrigerated warehouse in Lelystad, the Netherlands. With McCain Foods as a primary customer, the fully automated multi-client facility will have storage capacity for 40,000 pallets and should be operational by the fourth quarter of 2018.
The state-of-the-art coldstore will be equipped with the latest freezing and temperature control technology and will thus consume 50% less energy than most conventional refrigerated warehouses. This will be equivalent to a reduction of 1,551 tons of CO2 per year.
McCain aims to utilize the facility as “a complete solution,” according to Kloosterboer CEO Jaco Hooij, as the value added potato products conpany consolidates its Northern Europe warehousing operations from four sites to a single location. This will result in reduction of approximately 6,000 transports and 420,000 kilometers, thus eliminating 386 tons of CO 2 emissions per year.
Kloosterboer, which employes some 750 people, is an independent, family-owned company with roots dating back to 1925. It offers clients over 4,300,000 cubic meters of refrigeration and freezing capacity in Europe, North America and South Africa. In addition to storage services, the company specializes in logistics, customs handling and related IT solutions.