TORONTO — Lactalis Canada has announced it is entering into a long-term lease for a new distribution centre located in Oshawa, Ont., principally for its cheese and tablespreads supply chain network.
The firm is a subsidiary of France-based Lactalis Group and produces such brands as Cracker Barrel, Black Diamond, Balderson, Astro and Lactantia. The new facility is set to open in Q4 2024 stated a release.
The lease was facilitated by CBRE Limited and the distribution centre will be developed, built and leased by Broccolini with construction beginning immediately. The designer of the facility is GKC Architecture and Design.
The 379,000-square-foot centre will consolidate multiple shipping locations used to service the cheese and tablespreads category including the firm’s Belleville, Ont. distribution centre.
The facility will be located at 1680 Thornton Rd. N. in Oshawa in the Northwood Business Park. It will be able to store up to 60,000 pallets in both cooler and freezer environments.
The building will be zero-carbon ready with the potential to be Zero Carbon Building certified. Other sustainability features include energy-efficient lighting controls and equipment with high insulation values to reduce the power load imposed on the refrigeration system; heat generated from the refrigeration system will be fully reclaimed and used to heat the facility’s offices and the truck apron to melt snow; a white roof will reduce heat island effect; and solar panels on the roof in a future phase will provide renewable power to partially or completely offset reliance on the power grid under certain conditions.
“The Greater Toronto Area is the optimal hub for this part of our supply chain network across Canada,” said Eric Seguin, Lactalis Canada senior vice-president, in the release. “The Oshawa distribution centre is poised to meet the current needs and future demands of our business and customers, while its sustainable design will transform our network effectiveness and contribute to Lactalis Canada’s ESG agenda in reducing its carbon footprint.”
Broccolini’s chief investment officer Michael Broccolini added, “Broccolini is proud to partner with Lactalis Canada on this significant new facility. For nearly 75 years, we have been building relationships with some of the world’s most recognizable brands and this partnership is yet another example of how we can work together to achieve great things.”