McDONOUGH — Dole Packaged Foods will open a new state-of-art frozen fruit facility in McDonough late this month. This will be Dole’s third frozen fruit facility, complementing the existing operations in Atwater, Calif., and Decatur, Mich.
The new Dole facility is approximately 63,000 square feet, fully automated and will have four manufacturing lines which, when at capacity, can produce 60 million pounds of fruit annually. The operations will package frozen fruit for Dole’s retail, food service and private label customers on the east coast. Production will begin later this month in a phased approach and should be fully operational by September. When at full speed the facility will employee more than 100 and will run three shifts.
Dole has a partnership with United States Cold Storage who will handle the warehousing and distribution in an adjacent building with an automated storage/retrieval system.
The facility will enable Dole to bring more frozen fruit to consumers. Dole fruit is picked at the peak of ripeness and flash frozen to keep all the nutrients and vitamins that are found in fresh fruit.
“We are excited to have this facility open later this month,” said Sunil Phabiani, vice president of manufacturing, Dole Packaged Foods. “Dole has strong commitment to bringing our healthy products to as many people as possible, and this operation will help us achieve this goal. We look forward to many years of success at this facility.”
Earlier this year the company announced “The Dole Promise” which aims to increase access to sustainable nutrition, decrease food waste, plastics in packaging and carbon emissions and grow value for company stakeholders, including farmers and shareholders.
Dole has partnered with Atlanta CareerRise, the Georgia Department of Labor, and WorkSource Atlanta Regional, who will be hosting a virtual recruitment event on Jan. 7, 2021 for a variety of jobs.
Interested candidates can request a referral through EmployGeorgia.com, the Georgia Department of Labor’s newest job search tool. New users can create an account and create/upload a résumé on EmployGeorgia.com. Visit https://bit.ly/2LSEK0Z to view job postings and request a referral. Qualified candidates will receive an invitation and interview time to attend the virtual recruitment event via zoom.