Gourmet Garden Sees Product Quality and Efficiency Improvements With Logistics Solutions From Millard Refrigerated Services

Gourmet Garden, a pioneer in fresh-packaged herbs and spices, has announced a new contract with Millard Refrigerated Services, a leading refrigerated warehousing and distribution services company. Gourmet Garden is transporting its branded products to the Millard facility in Manteca, CA and then shipping them to supermarkets, foodservice distributors and other food processing customers in the Western, Midwest and Southwestern United States as well as Canada.

Millard Refrigerated Services is providing Gourmet Garden with a suite of third party logistics services to help manage the company’s outbound freight. The manufacturer is also using the Millard facility to date code product coming in from the manufacturing plant in Australia and as a consolidation point for shipments to production locations and customers across the country.

“The partnership with Millard Refrigerated Services gives us exactly what we need and more. The increased number of operational hours at the DC facilitates easier shipping and receiving. Millard runs state-of-the-art warehouses that meet all HAACP requirements and gives us access to a comprehensive 3PL network. The relationship also opens up a lot of other avenues for improvement,” said Wes Prichard, North American Operation Manager at Gourmet Garden.

Gourmet Garden moved to Millard Refrigerated Services to partner with a facility and company that can accommodate its expected growth.

“Gourmet Garden works hard to ensure its product arrives at the customer destination in the most effective manner possible and without any spoilage or damage. Millard Refrigerated Services is honored to assist in that process and committed to continually improving the operation for the benefit of the entire produce supply chain,” said Tim Smith, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Millard Refrigerated Services.

About Gourmet Garden
The Gourmet Garden range was first launched in Australia in l999. The short season for fresh herbs, together with the compromised flavor of dried herbs, led two leading Australian food scientists in the mid l990’s to discover a unique process to capture and store fresh chopped herbs and spices under refrigeration. Gourmet Garden is the global patent holder for the processing technology, which allows the fresh herbs and spices to be blended and packaged without cooking or drying, which may diminish the flavor, texture, color and nutritional value. The process relies on the natural anti-oxidant properties of the herbs and spices being boosted by a finely balanced blend of ingredients. There is no equivalent product on the market, cooked or dried. Additional information is available at http://www.gourmetgarden.com/.

About Millard Refrigerated Services
Millard Refrigerated Services was founded in 1963, in Omaha, NE. The company remains family owned and operated. Millard currently serves all of North America through the operation of 36 regional facilities, and is the second-largest refrigerated warehouse and distribution company in the United States. In addition to cold storage warehousing and transportation, Millard provides clients with a wide variety of other value-added services including High Pressure Pasteurization (HPP), logistics support and import/export assistance. To learn more about Millard’s full line of value added services, please visit www.millardref.com or call 402-896-6600.


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