Congebec building a $70M industrial freezer in Montreal
Congebec, Quebec’s largest multi-temperature food processing, distribution, and logistics company, has signed a long-term lease at a development that will become the company’s first major cold storage facility located on Montreal’s North Shore. This crucial infrastructure project, which will be developed through a joint venture partnership between Rosefellow, a real estate developer, and Skyline Commercial REIT, will be located in Mascouche, and is expected to increase Quebec’s food autonomy.
This $70-million development will include a new 219,000-sf cold storage facility that will enable food producers in the region to store inventories closer to their operations, creating efficiencies within the supply chain.
Construction of the building, which will begin this spring, is expected to be completed in 2023. The facility will be equipped with an innovative CO2 based refrigeration system.
“This project represents a bit of a homecoming for us. As a key link between food production and consumption, we want to continue to support this industry in which our company got its start. The pandemic and the supply issues of the past few months have enabled us to refocus on our customers’ needs right here at home. This new space will contribute to the growth of the region’s food chain and to the food autonomy of Quebec as a whole,” said Nicholas-P. Pedneault, Congebec’s president and CEO.
A major initiative by Congebec could completely change the face of food banks in Quebec. By offering freezer space in its multi-temperature facilities, Congebec will help reduce food waste and channel 500,000 kg of food from its customers every month.
Congebec begins operation of its new freezer on Montreal’s North Shore, a crucial infrastructure in the development of the local food industry, and at the same time announces impressive support for food aid networks.
Congebec begins operation of its new freezer on Montreal’s North Shore, a crucial infrastructure in the development of the local food industry, and announces impressive support for food aid networks. (Article in French)
Quebec-based Congebec has taken advantage of the construction of its new Mascouche freezer in 2022-2023 to introduce a refrigeration system that uses carbon dioxide (CO2) instead of traditional ammonia (NH3), a highly efficient and environmentally-friendly solution. [Article in French]