Retail Business Services, a service company of Ahold Delhaize USA, is opening a fresh processing facility and culinary innovation center through its subsidiary, Infinity Fresh Kitchen. Located in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, the facility will process fresh food items for area grocery stores, including cut fruit and vegetables, leaf, grain and pasta salads, sandwiches, wraps and other items commonly found in deli or grab-and-go sections of supermarkets. The facility will initially serve the Hannaford and Stop & Shop brands.
“As the services company of Ahold Delhaize USA, the largest grocery retail group on the East Coast, Retail Business Services is charged with finding innovative solutions that enable the local grocery brands we support to focus on serving their customers,” said Roger Wheeler, president of Retail Business Services. “Infinity Fresh Kitchen is the latest example of this innovation, which will help our retail partners bring the latest fresh, convenient items to their customers.”
In addition, the facility will include a Culinary Innovation Center, which will continually test new, fresh, private brand food concepts.
“We want to create food items that perfect the expected and delight consumers with the unexpected,” said Jacqueline Ross, vice president of Private Brand Innovation. “We’re excited to allocate a portion of the space in this facility to private brand product innovation, particularly fresh, nutritious items and preparations.”
Infinity Fresh Kitchen and Retail Business Services purchased the space from Taylor Farms, creating a partnership. Taylor Farms will manage the facility’s operations and workforce. Once operational, the project is said to add about 250 jobs to the Rhode Island economy and additional jobs over time.