Leading logistics operator LCL continues to consolidate its presence in the Dutch fresh produce sector with the purchase of coldstorage and distribution facilities of Dutch company Saphir (part of the Jupiter Group). This represents the second major acquisition in 3 months for LCL, a subsidiary of Chilean logistics operator Broom Group, having taken a majority shareholding in B&L Fruitlogistics. Further key investments in Peru are expected for later in 2020, reports Fruitnet.
According to Group CEO Andres Nunez Sorensen, the latest acquisition is part of the expansion of Broom Group’s end-to-end fruit logistics services, encompassing coldstorage and packing facilities in origin countries, 3PL services, and trucking.
Jupiter Group chief executive Mark Tweddle said that the sale
“allows us to focus on our core business as a grower, importer and distributor of fresh produce worldwide, simultaneously maintaining a first-class distribution service operation in the hands of our number-one global logistics service provider, LCL.”
The day-to-day management of Broom Frio and B&L will be handled by Brian Bakker, who said he saw increased demand for storage and value-add services in the area, supporting the ever increasing volumes of fresh produce flowing into Europe via the Dutch and Belgian ports and terminals.