Dreyer's completes Maryland ice cream plant expansion
October 19, 2006
by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
LAUREL, MD. — Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream Holdings, Inc. has completed the $210 million expansion of its Laurel Operations Center in Laurel, Md.
The Laurel Operations Center will now make and distribute more than 120 different Dreyer’s, Edy’s, Haagen-Dazs, Nestle and Skinny Cow ice cream products and frozen snacks.
The LOC is now a 705,000-square-foot facility, having grown more than six-fold in size. In addition to adding more than five new ice cream manufacturing lines to its previous six, Dreyer’s has added capacity for nine future lines. The expansion also included construction of a 200,000-square-foot, -20˚ F ice cream curing facility and 23-door distribution center.
The five-story curing facility finishes off and temporarily houses freshly made ice cream. Dreyer’s expects LOC to produce nearly 58 million gallons of packaged ice cream and 370 million dozens of frozen snacks a year.
The plant is now the largest of Dreyer’s six ice cream manufacturing facilities in the United States, surpassing the company’s Bakersfield, Calif., facility.