KanPak U.S., a leading supplier of beverages and desserts using aseptic processing technology and a subsidiary of Golden State Foods, opened its new 202,800-square-foot warehouse in Arkansas City, Kansas.
"This new warehouse will provide KanPak more direct control over our inventory, which results in cost savings for our customers," said Larry McGill, CEO, KanPak. "Additionally, the proximity of the warehouse to our manufacturing plant is more efficient, and the elimination of a third-party facility allows KanPak to be a one stop-shop, providing our customers with even better customer service."
The facility will store an array of finished and raw goods, including ingredients and packaging materials. KanPak offers unique processing of dairy products, allowing all product to be kept at ambient temperature. The heat treatment and packaging kills enough bacteria so that milk, or similar products like soft serve ice cream mix, won't spoil for extended periods of time (months or even years).
This innovation allows warehousing to keep two ambient temperature zones, 70°F (for raw goods) and 80°F (for finished goods), which is a more sustainable process than a cold chain that uses additional energy in each step. In addition to providing significant savings, the facility was built to enhance customer service efforts by allowing KanPak to have constant oversight of environment, handling and more.
KanPak partnered with Arco Construction to complete the $11 million project in less than a year. The new facility, which brings 20 new jobs to Arkansas City, will service all KanPak customers, including Chick-fil-A, Whataburger, Tim Hortons, QuikTrip and Perrigo.