Finding the Sweet Spot in Food Plant Location Decisions

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18 Nov 2020


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Who doesn’t like cookies? The food industry usually avoids NIMBY objections. The facilities smell nice, they are not too big, and they often have a company store open to the public! This article is focused on food plants in the $20 million to $80 million range, perhaps 40,000 square feet to 120,000 square feet. In future articles we can discuss finding and retrofitting existing buildings and the site selections of more challenging operations like animal slaughter.

A Strong Sector
New food plant construction has continued in 2020. And as the year progresses, owners are also restarting projects that were delayed due to the uncertainties from COVID-19. The sector continues very strong during the pandemic. Producers for retail, as expected, are overjoyed that people are re-learning to cook at home: Their sales are booming. Suppliers for food service also are not suffering, and many by now have made investments to retool for retail products.

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Rik-Solare

“The City has the space we need—store frontage with lots of traffic and warehouse space.”

Rik Kaminsky, Co-Owner and CEO, Solaré Canada Inc.

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Braven-Seljax

“In Spruce Grove we have everything in the way of retail businesses, excellent schools and first-class sport facilities all right here.” 

Braven Blackwell, President, Seljax

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Thompson

“The feeling of home and family orientated culture has allowed us to retain our most valuable asset, our people.”

Neil Matheson, CFO, Thompson Construction Group

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CC

“We chose Spruce Grove because it had the best real estate prices in the area compared to other industrial parks.”

Tim Martin, General Manager, Cross Country Infrastructure Services Canada Inc.

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AB-Precast

“Retaining long-term employees is key. It’s difficult to do, but we’ve done it in Spruce Grove.”

Jack Seguin, Owner, Alberta Precast Products

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ACKT

“Locating in Spruce Grove is prime for us.  We need to be centrally located in the province to reach our customers and move our products.”  

Anthony Worbeck, Sales Director, ACKT Industries

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