Ahold Delhaize USA is making money moves in the foodservice sector, recently announcing a new fresh processing facility and culinary innovation center. The facility was purchased from Taylor Farms, who will be managing the hub’s operations and workforce. The new foodservice hub is being opened by Ahold’s services company, Retail Business Services, and its subsidiary Infinity Fresh Kitchens.
“As the services company of Ahold Delhaize USA, the largest grocery retail group on the East Coast, Retail Business Services is charged with finding innovative solutions that enable the local grocery brands we support to focus on serving their customers,” said Roger Wheeler, President of Retail Business Services. “Infinity Fresh Kitchen is the latest example of this innovation, which will help our retail partners bring the latest fresh, convenient items to their customers.”
In its first few months, the facility will primarily serve the Hannaford and Stop & Shop brands.The new facility will process fresh food items for the region’s grocery stores, including items commonly found in deli or grab-and-go sections of supermarkets, like sandwiches and wraps, as well as leaf, grain, and pasta salads, and cut fruit and vegetables.
“We’re pleased to work with Retail Business Services on thisinnovative facility,” said Bruce Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Taylor Farms. “We look forward to completing the outfitting of the facility and getting operations underway in the coming months.”
Along with serving the area’s grocery stores, the new facility will also feature a Culinary Innovation Center that will test new, fresh, and private-brand food concepts.
“We want to create food items that perfect the expected and delight consumers with the unexpected,” said Jacqueline Ross, Vice President of Private Brands Innovation for Retail Business Services. “We’re excited to allocate a portion of the space in this facility to private brand product innovation, particularly fresh, nutritious items and preparations.”
Construction is already underway and operations are set to begin in September. Retail Business Services and Taylor Farms are in the process of hiring about 250 staff members for a variety of roles.
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