Thomas Foods undergoes facility rebuild with Dematic

Thomas Foods International will use the Dematic Multishuttle Meat Buffer and Pallet Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS/RS) at its new meat processing plant being constructed in Murray Bridge, South Australia.

The meat wholesaler’s first processing plant was destroyed by fire three years ago.

Thomas Foods has partnered with Dematic to create a supply chain to service local and global demand just eight kilometres from the original site.

Nekta Nicolaou, Group Engineering Manager at Thomas Foods International, says Dematic’s Multishuttle meat Buffer and Pallet AS/RS will streamline operations for an advanced, self sufficient supply chain.

“Our new Murray Bridge facility has been designed with a focus on efficiency and sustainability of which Dematic’s advanced automation technology is a key component,” he says.

The automated solutions allow meat cartons to be transferred between aisles without using a traditional conveyor belt system.

Both products operate in frozen and chilled environments.

Soeren Schauki, Business Development Manager at Dematic, says the solutions are needed to match the flood of demand for local product.

“Even after the devastation of losing its previous facility, Thomas Foods International’s ambition to transform the new facility has positioned them as a leader for innovation in the industry, now with a self-sufficient, sustainable and resilient supply chain,” Soeren says.

Construction is expected to be completed in late 2022.

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