The facility will serve customers such as Chick-fil-A and Whataburger, among others.
Golden State Foods-owned KanPak U.S., a supplier of beverages and desserts using aseptic processing technology, has opened a new 202,800-square-foot facility in Arkansas City, Kansas, which will store an array of finished and raw goods, including ingredients and packaging materials.
"This new warehouse will provide KanPak more direct control over our inventory, which results in cost savings for our customers," says Larry McGill, chief executive officer, 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."
KanPak says the warehouse will offer a 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 KanPak says 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.