Secure local supply chains that support our valued customers and communities are more important now than ever, particularly as land and buildings for industrial use are in high demand.
Meanwhile, the beverage market continues to experience growth with niche categories emerging and growing across craft beer, spirits, wine, ready-to-drink and non alcoholic segments.
With that in mind, BevChain is pleased that with just the final touches to be made, construction of Linfox BevChain’s purpose-built sustainable beverage distribution centre (DC) in Laverton, Victoria is on track to be operational from early 2024.The huge 70,000 square-metre beverage supersite on a 150,000 square-metre allotment has a remarkable 72,000 ambient and temperature-controlled pallet capacity.
This commanding site is the largest in the Linfox portfolio, part of a significant strategic land held by the Fox family which builds on Linfox’s substantial existing property portfolio in Australia and New Zealand.
This crucial investment in the beverage supply chain by Linfox BevChain, together with Linfox Property Group and construction partner Qanstruct, reinforces BevChain’s capability to support the growing beverage market with scope to expand for future customer growth.
Image: Early fit out of BevChain Laverton’s huge 70,000 square-metre beverage supersite.
“Strategically located in a thriving Victorian industrial precinct, this impressive DC is conveniently close to customers and major transportation routes,” said Linfox President BevChain, Misha Shliapnikoff.
“With this state-of-the-art facility, backed by modern, dedicated fleet and equipment, our valued customers can be assured of supply chain flexibility, consistency and continuity.
“What’s more, our experienced BevChain team members will relocate from our existing BevChain Somerton site and will facilitate a seamless customer transition to the new site,” he said.
Upon opening, the site will house approximately 20 iconic BevChain customers including major retail and beverage suppliers.
Importantly, all new Linfox and BevChain sites and the equipment that supports them are designed, built and managed with safety, wellbeing and compliance top of mind – for Linfox’s people and customers.
The project is a significant investment in the Victorian economy, boosting employment throughout all phases of construction, supporting locally-manufactured products during the build phase and leveraging knowledge and expertise of local professionals.
The safe, sustainable facility has been designed and built to seek a 5 Star Green Star rating, with the highest levels of security for people, products and equipment, reinforcing the importance of partnering with a dedicated beverage logistics specialist to consistently meet consumer demands.
Built with the environment in mind
This will be an environmentally-friendly site of the future as Linfox and BevChain strive to act sustainably.
The facility is designed and built to achieve 5 Star Green Star certification from the Green Building Council of Australia.
Sustainability features include:
- 950kW solar PV system
- Provision for future battery technology
- Smart LED lighting
- EV charging capability for electric battery trucks and passenger vehicles
- Rainwater harvesting
- Operational waste management plan towards zero waste to landfill
- Climate change resilience.
These are important elements of Linfox’s decarbonisation program, helping to reduce reliance on the grid.