PFD Food Services (PFD) has committed to building a substantial food distribution and production facility in Chullora on land the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The Chullora facility, being developed by Frasers Property Australia, is 22,208m2 of specialised warehouse and office and on 60,305m2 of land. The new facility will be built under the direction of consultancy firm TM Insight, which specialises in supply chain optimisation, property advisory and project consultancy. Together with PFD Foods, TM Insight is designing and will project manage the delivery of the new purpose-built cold logistics and food production facility to cater for PFD Food Services growing food services business. Construction is forecast to commence shortly, with completion expected by Q2 2018.
This comes after the commitment of another large food production facility for PFD Foods in Melbourne of 23,864m2, which is due for completion in November 2017.
CEO of PFD Kerry Smith said: “Our new state-of-the-art facilities in Melbourne and Sydney will allow us to continue to service our existing network of customers efficiently and will enable further growth into the future.”
The new buildings will enable the consolidation of multiple older sites to create a modern facility with significant increases in capacity.
PFD’s new premises follows lean principles to ensure cold chain compliance is adhered to. “Both the Melbourne and Sydney facilities have been designed and purpose-built to maximise operational and energy efficiency, which will be certain to improve supply chain operations and reduce operating costs,” said Travis Erridge, director of TM Insight. “This facility reinforces a clear shift in the Australian industrial property sector, with total supply chain requirements now driving property outcomes.”