Terra Beata invests in a state-of-the-art cold stage facility
Terra Beata is building a really big cold storage facility. Like really big. The new building will soon be the tallest in Sackville, New Brunswick and the cranberry company is betting others will want in. According to David Ernst, the co-owner of Terra Beata, “We built really big cold storage because we think there are some other people in Atlantic Canada who will want to take advantage of a more competitive option.” The cold storage facility is actually five times bigger than they need, and while Terra Beata handles more than five million pounds of cranberries each year and ships at least a container a week from the Halifax port, their product will only use 20 per cent of the completed building’s capacity. The technology for the automatic cold storage facility is the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada. “Nobody has to work in the cold,” says Evelyn Ernst, the company’s other co-owner. The system operates in full darkness (which definitely lowers the light bill) and also in low-oxygen conditions which is breathable but also low enough that you can’t have a fire. “We will be the second building in Canada to use that type of fire-prevention system,” says Evelyn. It will be sprinkler free (they aren’t exactly productive in a freezer).
The Sackville location was strategic as it’s close to the Trans Canada Highway and a great midpoint between the three Maritime provinces. “We become more vertically integrated so that we can compete against other companies in the cranberry business who also own their own cold storage,” says Evelyn. The 45-metre tall building is expected to be finished in late spring.