USA- Belgian ingredients supplier Puratos is expanding its West Coast operations with two key investments in the Los Angeles region.
The two investments include a new manufacturing line at its Rancho Dominguez, Calif., facility and a planned relocation to a new warehouse and distribution facility in Gardena, Calif.
According to Puratos, the new manufacturing line in Rancho Dominguez will double capacity for the company’s full line of dry products, including bakery and sweet goods mixes and improvers.
Puratos said the line will also feature cutting-edge technology with improved automation and enhanced design to incorporate ergonomics and material flow, enhancing food safety and quality.
In addition to the manufacturing line, Puratos said it has made other upgrades to the plant to enhance the staff’s welfare, including a new break room.
The company’s second investment involves the relocation of its warehouse and distribution from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., to a new facility in Gardena that is located five miles from its plant, a transition that will hopefully be completed by Fall 2023
According to Puratos, the proximity of the warehouse and distribution to the company’s manufacturing plant is a strategic move expected to reduce transportation time and eliminate 30,000 truck miles and more than 12 tons of CO2 per year.
The company provides that the 86,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility includes several environmentally friendly features. They include LED lighting, an ESFR (Early Suppression, Fast Response) sprinkler system and on-site electrical charging for vehicles, waste reduction initiatives, and responsible packaging practices.
“These investments demonstrate our dedication to our customers, partners, and people, and our commitment to the most sustainable operating model possible,” said Andrew Brimacombe, president of Puratos US.
The decision to expand its base of operations on the West Coast underscores Puratos’ commitment to meeting the evolving needs of its regional customers, allowing them to meet consumer demands more effectively and efficiently.
“By expanding, consolidating, and streamlining our operations, we are well-positioned to meet the rising demand for our products and further strengthen our partnerships throughout the critical Los Angeles market,” Brimacombe added.