Ahold Delhaize Plans Rhode Island Meat Processing Plant

Ahold Delhaize USA’s services company, Retail Business Services (RBS), plans to construct a 200,000 square foot fresh-packaged meat facility in Rhode Island through its subsidiary Infinity Meat Solutions LLC. RBS will make a $100 million investment in the facility, which is expected to employ about 700 people and open in late 2019.

“At Retail Business Services, we’re always seeking innovative solutions that enable the local brands of Ahold Delhaize USA to provide fresh, quality products to their customers. With this facility, we’re excited to enhance supply chain operations, as well as create hundreds of new jobs in Rhode Island,” said RBS President Roger Wheeler.

In all, the move will add nearly $60 million of activity to Rhode Island’s economy each year and generate more than $10 million in additional state revenue over the next 10 years.

“Retail Business Services has appreciated the strong engagement and support of Governor Raimondo, Secretary Pryor and their team throughout this process,” said Wheeler. “We’re grateful for the Rhode Island Commerce Board’s approval of these incentives for our subsidiary, Infinity Meat Solutions, to locate a state-of-the-art facility in Rhode Island and create jobs in the state. We look forward to finalizing the details and breaking ground for this facility in the coming months.”

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Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.