Cimcorp to Present as Part of Kroger Seminar at the International Dairy Show

Sep 01, 2015
Cimcorp North America

Grocery retailer’s executives to detail how Kroger’s new dairy processing plant became Dairy Foods 2015 Plant of the Year and leads dairies in the U.S. with robotic technology.  Cimcorp’s automatic order picking system is part of the success.

GRIMSBY, Ontario—Cimcorp Group, a manufacturer and integrator of turnkey robotic gantry-based order fulfillment and tire handling solutions, announces its distribution systems manager, Derek Rickard, will participate in The Kroger Co.’s (NYSE:KR) seminar during the International Dairy Show 2015 in Chicago on Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. to noon, detailing what makes its Mountain View Foods plant in Denver the 2015 Plant of the Year. Kroger’s new dairy processing plant will be honored for its capabilities, flexibility and innovation.

One of the world's largest grocery retailers with fiscal 2014 sales of USD 108.5 billion, Kroger designed and built the Mountain View Foods dairy processing plant in Denver to challenge innovation in the dairy industry. The state-of-the-art plant processes fresh conventional and organic milk in half-gallons and gallons and it packages aseptically processed milk, creams and juices in quarts and smaller bottles. Upon its opening Memorial Day weekend 2014, the facility showcased robotic handling operations based on European best practices, mix-proof technology, aseptic and extended-shelf-life filling systems, processing equipment and CIP systems. It is one of the first dairies in the U.S. to deploy robotic technology that enables packing, picking and palletizing of crates in the cold storage areas entirely by automation.

Derek Rickard, distribution systems manager, Cimcorp, will participate in The Kroger Co.’s (NYSE:KR) seminar during the International Dairy Show 2015 in Chicago on Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. to noon, detailing what makes its Mountain View Foods plant in Denver the 2015 Plant of the Year.

Derek Rickard, distribution systems manager, Cimcorp, said, “Kroger is a shining example of innovative thinking backed by solid research and smart decision making. Incorporation of a fully automated warehouse system helps the company improve accuracy, product traceability and faster turnaround times.”

Cimcorp will also exhibit at booth #7365 at The International Dairy Show 2015, which will take place Sept. 15-18, 2015, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The event offers dairy industry executives an opportunity to learn trends in technology, cost-cutting innovations and ways to deliver more value to customers. Ranked one of Tradeshow Executive magazine's Fastest 50 growing shows, the event expects more than 20,000 attendees in 2015.

About Kroger

Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers, employs more than 375,000 associates who serve customers in 2,631 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The company also operates 783 convenience stores, 325 fine jewelry stores, 1,293 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S. 

About Cimcorp

Cimcorp Group – part of Murata Machinery, Ltd. (Muratec) – is a leading global supplier of turnkey automation for intralogistics, using advanced robotics and software technologies. As well as being a manufacturer and integrator of pioneering material handling systems for the tire industry, Cimcorp has developed unique robotic solutions for order fulfillment and storage that are being used in the food & beverage, retail, e-commerce, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and postal services sectors. With locations in Finland and Canada, the group has around 300 employees and has delivered over 2,000 logistics automation solutions. Designed to reduce operating costs, ensure traceability and improve efficiency, these systems are used within manufacturing and distribution centers in 40 countries across five continents.

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