- Shortly after the merger between Nestlé and Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, the decision was made to consolidate manufacturing and distribution functions at the Operations Center located in Bakersfield, CA.
- This expansion consisted of adding over 320,000 square feet of processing, utility, warehouse/distribution, and R&D space, including six new production lines.
- In addition to three conventional ice cream mix production tanks, the facility includes a yogurt production room. This space is pressurized to preclude infiltration of airborne contaminants. 3000 gallon batches of cream are inoculated with live yogurt cultures to produce the base yogurt mix. The mix is batch pasteurized, then pumped to surge tanks for addition of flavors, prior to freezing, hardening and packaging.
- Once the expansion was completed, in fewer than 12 months from groundbreaking to saleable product, Dreyer’s manufacturing throughput was doubled.