Freshly - Savage, MD

This design-build project added an ammonia refrigeration central system and blast coolers to this new RTE food process plant.

After outgrowing their Arizona production facility, Freshly needed a company to lead the design-build project for a new flagship prepared meals process plant in Savage, MD.  

Food Tech’s history handling complex food process construction and their expertise in food safety design engineering made them the obvious choice for the project. Food Tech designed the plant to meet the highest industry standards, including United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Safe Quality Food (SQF), Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) compliance. Food Tech also provided hi- and low-care food process plant design for additional food safety. 

The finished ready to eat (RTE) food process plant is 150,000 square feet and houses an ammonia refrigeration central system with hygienic process make-up air units. Food Tech also installed blast coolers, allowing foods to be chilled, packaged, and ready for immediate distribution to customers within hours of production. 

During this project, Food Tech delivered the following:

  • RTE meal prep, cook, cool, and package zones
  • USDA, SQF, FSMA, and HACCP compliant design engineering 
  • Hi- and low-care food process areas
  • Blast coolers
  • Ammonia refrigeration with hygienic process make-up air design
  • Cold dock
  • Employee amenities along with gown and de-gown areas

Freshly is a leader and pioneer in the subscription home-meal service industry. Freshly provides fresh, healthy prepared meals designed by their team of chefs and nutritionists and conveniently delivered to customers’ homes across the country.