Americold has broken ground on a new facility in Middleborough MA for its long-time partner Ocean Spray. The facility will support Ocean Spray’s production requirements for its Northeast harvesting operations.

Ocean Spray has been an Americold partner for nearly 40 years. As demand for the company’s array of healthy products has continued to grow globally, so has the need for frozen storage and refrigeration. This new facility, adjacent to Ocean Spray’s production facility in Middleborough, will become a key component of the distribution process for Craisins dried cranberries.

“We are so pleased to be able to expand our support for Ocean Spray with the construction of this new building,” said Fred Boehler, president and chief executive officer of Americold. “It’s a great example of partners coming together to develop a mutually beneficial solution for future growth.”

This new facility will offer 173,000 square feet of bulk storage with three rooms operating at 0° Fahrenheit to maintain cranberry integrity from harvest to production. Design considerations took into account the high volume of incoming cranberry loads at harvest time, and freezing those cranberries to Ocean Spray’s high standards.

The construction phase is underway and once completed, Americold will be hiring for full-and part-time positions to support the operation. The facility is expected to open in September 2018—in time for the fall 2018 harvest.

Based in Atlanta GA, Americold owns and operates more than 165 temperature-controlled warehouses, with more than 1 billion cubic feet of storage, in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, China, Argentina and Canada. It serves more than 2,500 customers and employs 11,000 associates worldwide. More information is at www.americold.com.

An agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 cranberry and grapefruit growers in the United States, Canada and Chile, Ocean Spray is the world’s leading producer of cranberry juices, juice drinks and dried cranberries. It has more than 2,000 employees and nearly 20 cranberry receiving and processing facilities.

Go to www.oceanspray.com or www.oceanspray.coop for further information.