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Inside Countdown’s new $150 million distribution centre

Countdown Distribution Centre

Supermarket giant Countdown has recently opened its new distribution centre in Auckland, at a cost $150 million.

Touted the Auckland Fresh Distribution Centre, it’s a 20,000 square metre facility with design and technology to “ensure fresh produce is kept at optimal temperatures throughout the entire supply chain”.

The new distribution centre covering the entire supply chain of Countdown North Island also created 260 new jobs when it began fully operating on June 29, with staff covering picking, packing and support.

“Innovation in cool chain integrity is embedded into the new Auckland Fresh Distribution Centre and every element of the purpose-built facility has been designed to put the quality of locally-grown product on display,” says Director of Property, Matthew Grainger.

Matthew Grainger Countdown
Matthew Grainger.

“From the refrigerated trucks that transport the produce from the farm through to the varied temperature-controlled zones or ripening rooms that ensure produce is in peak condition when it reaches our stores.”

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Grainger adds that the distribution centre is located next to their supplier of meat, which reduces transportation for stock and can be added in a single truck. He says that this efficiency results in fewer carbon emissions.

The two degrees cold Auckland Fresh Distribution Centre is designed to a “four Green Star standard”, meeting the international standards of sustainability, design, construction, and operation.

“We’ve invested heavily in a future-forward design and implemented features like rainwater harvesting, electric forklifts, solar panels and low energy and water-use condensers to help us towards our 2025 sustainability commitments,” says Grainger.

“The solar generation at Auckland Fresh Distribution Centre alone will offset approximately 183 tonnes of CO2 per year.”

The announcement of the Auckland distribution centre comes after Countdown revealed plans for a similar $99 million facility in Rolleston, Canterbury set to open in 2024.

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