Marco – Rostom Group: Egypt’s biggest importer and exporter
The Rostom family business was established in 1887. In 1985, Mohamed Rostom established Marco for imports and exports as one of the Rostom Group’s companies.
It exports agricultural products from Egypt and imports fresh fruit, died fruits, nuts, spices, pulses and foodstuffs from Europe, Arabic countries, Africa and the Americas.
The company imports around 75 containers of fresh fruit a month: apples from Washington, Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Belgium, etc.; kiwis from Italy, Greece and Syria; stone fruit from Greece, Spain, Italy, etc.; dried fruit from Turkey, Argentina, Syria, etc.; and 45 containers of bananas from Ecuador, Costa Rica, India and Mexico.
Its distribution channels are big retailers such as Carrefour, Lulu, Metro, etc., as well as other markets and hotels.
As for its logistics strategies, they are pioneers in Egypt.
“We supply our customers with the best, freshest, first class quality products at competitive prices by growing, preparing, packing and exporting our range of agricultural products in big quantities,” said Marco director Mohamed Rostom.
The Marco Group currently exports fresh fruit (oranges, lemons, grapefruit, watermelons, grapes and pomegranates), vegetables, pulses, seeds and medicinal herbs. It has a packing house and farms to improve its qualifications and capabilities, and via FTAs (Free Trade Agreements) can export to Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and Europe.
This article first appeared in edition 143 (May/June 2016) of Eurofresh Distribution magazine.
Read more from that issue here: www.eurofresh-distribution.com/magazine/143-2016-mayjune