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Hot Cities for Cold Storage: Kansas City

by Mary Rooney | Feb 07, 2022

From Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine

Nearly all food produced or imported in the U.S. passes through a distribution center before it reaches consumer dinner tables. With a central location and room to grow, Kansas City is a key player in the industrial food and beverage industry, particularly in cold storage space.

Commercial real estate experts say as much as 100 million square feet of freezer and cooler space will be needed in the coming years. According to CBRE, a nationwide real estate firm, e-commerce’s expansion will fuel the need for more warehouse space, as will the changing economy, population migration and the desire for “safety stock” onshore. CBRE lists the Kansas City region among its top industrial markets, expected to continue experiencing growth as shippers seek inland ports with easy air and rail connectivity.

“Kansas City’s centralized location, low operating costs and infrastructure network, coupled with available spec space, further positions the KC region as a hub for food and beverage operations. Located in the heart of the country’s agricultural region, KC continues to be one of the best places for all types of food and beverage-related supply chain activities,” said Chris Gutierrez, president of KC SmartPort, a non-profit economic development organization representing 18 counties and 50 communities in the KC region.

“Setting up operations in Kansas City means cost efficient product distribution by reaching 85% of the U.S. population in two days,” said Gutierrez. “Easy access to five Class I railroads and four major interstates support Kansas City’s rank as the No. 1 rail center in the U.S. by tonnage and No. 3 truck center. Plus, the Kansas City International Airport moves more air cargo annually than any air center in a six-state region.”

Read the full article from Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine.

Read more about food & beverage operations in Kansas City.

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