US Foods Long-Awaited Buda Facility Opens

AUSTIN, TX (October 10, 2011)—The new 305,000 square-foot food distribution facility – located in Buda, Texas – will help US Foods – Austin better serve its customers throughout south central Texas and add more than 100 jobs to the area over the next five years.

“The completed expansion project has surpassed our expectations, and we are thrilled to open our doors here in the Buda community,” said US Foods-Austin Division President John Fowler.

Facts about the Austin Division’s long-awaited facility:

  • The 305,000-square-foot facility sits on 42 acres in Buda and includes 34 loading docks; 54,000 square feet of freezer space; 39,000 square feet of refrigerated space; and 74,000 square feet of dry space.
  • The division employs about 270 local employees, with a projected increase to 405 over the next five years.
  • US Foods Austin distributes food and related products to more than 2,500 customers in South and Central Texas, including restaurants, hospitals, hotels, schools and governmental institutions.
  • The new facility has capacity for 12,500 types of products.
  • US Foods Austin is expected to become the company’s first LEED certified distribution center, meeting the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification requirements for commercial buildings with features such as, energy-efficient lighting, no-water landscaping and better fleet management..

The new facility also includes a US Kitchen. This nearly 2,000 square-foot center allows US Foods – Austin to offer its customers dynamic training opportunities and encourage product reviews.

"This facility was designed from the ground-up to be as efficient as possible," said Fowler. "In fact, our new facility is 60% more energy efficient than our previous facility, which was less than half the size."

To mark the grand opening, US Foods also donated nearly 5,000 pounds of food to the Hays County Food Bank.

Members help make our journalism possible. Become a Restaurant Business member today and unlock exclusive benefits, including unlimited access to all of our content. Sign up here.


Exclusive Content


Restaurants have a hot opportunity to improve their reputation as employers

Reality Check: New mandates for protecting workers from dangerous on-the-job heat are about to be dropped on restaurants and other employers. The industry could greatly help its labor plight by acting first.


Some McDonald's customers are doubling up on the discounts

The Bottom Line: In some markets, customers can get the fast-food chain's $5 value meal for $4. The situation illustrates a key rule in the restaurant business: Customers are savvy and will find loopholes.


Ignore the Red Lobster problem. Sale-leasebacks are not all that bad

The decade-old sale-leaseback at the seafood chain has raised questions about the practice. But experts say it remains a legitimate financing option for operators when done correctly.


More from our partners