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AGRO Merchants Group expands Rotterdam facility

AGRO Merchants Group has recently completed a significant expansion in Rotterdam which adds 6,000 pallet positions and brings greater capacity and services to customers in the fresh produce sector.

AGRO Merchants Group, a provider of cold storage and logistics solutions, has announced a significant expansion in Rotterdam which it says will reinforce its services to the fresh produce sector.

In a press release, it said ADB Cool Company, part of AGRO Merchants Group since 2015, officially opened its new facility expansion in October 2016.

“The expansion adds 13 loading bays and 6,000 pallet positions, bringing the site to a capacity of 23,198 pallet positions. This expansion enhances the company’s repacking capabilities through a substantial investment in new facilities, equipment and technology.

“The facility is strategically located near the Port of Rotterdam, which is the busiest port in Europe with an annual throughput of approximately 465 million tons.”

ADB managing director Alex de Brujin said the expanded facilities will allow the company to “further support the fresh produce sector and meet the increasing demands of our clients for storage, packing, ripening and all the other services we offer.”

Other recently completed AGRO Merchants projects include facility expansions in Spain at the Port of Algeciras and in Vineland, NJ serving the Port of Philadelphia and new greenfield sites in Houston, Texas, and Savannah, Georgia.

AGRO Merchants Group owns and operates 55 facilities in 8 countries across North America, Latin America and Europe, with more than 750,000 m2 of cold storage.

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New Algeciras cold store

Operations at AGRO Merchants Group’s newest cold store – in the Port of Algeciras – have commended ahead of schedule, providing key services and increased capacity to customers.

AGRO Merchants Group has announced the early operations opening of their newest cold store in Algeciras, Spain.

In a press release, the group said Spanish market leaders in seafood imports and fresh fruit exports were the first to benefit from from the handling, storage and Border Inspection Services at the newly completed cold storage expansion inside the Port of Algeciras, which came into operation ahead of schedule this month.

“The expansion provides a major capacity and service scope increase to the existing Gestion Frío Algeciras (GFA), which became part of AGRO Merchants Group in 2013. The users of the port-based facility enjoy multiple benefits from its strategic location such as max container payload utilisation, a growing selection of freight routes connecting them with global import/export markets and connectivity with AGRO Merchants global network.

“The site packs the latest technology in terms of energy efficient refrigeration and IT systems keeping track of the flows of perishable products through the facility as well as communication with stakeholders such as exporters, importers, transport partners, customs and more. Through a close collaboration with customers, Border Inspection Point (PIF), Port of Algeciras and sanitary authorities in the region, Javier Rueda, MD of GFA, is dedicated to drive and support initiatives to make trade of perishables via Port of Algeciras faster, fresher and more cost efficient.

“The additional 13,300 pallet positions will increase GFA’s capacity to 15,600 pallets to support existing customers and allow the company to diversify further on temperature-controlled food products and services. The expansion will also include frozen chambers with movable racks, chilled and dual temperature chambers.”

“GFA specialises in import/export programs of fresh and frozen perishables such as meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables providing innovative solutions that includes services such as: port haulage, customs clearance, transport, quality control, warehousing, picking and other value-added services,” it said.

AGRO Merchants Group said the Port of Algeciras is optimally positioned to benefit from growth in import/export volumes, being the first Mediterranean port of call for most ocean services from South America, Asia and other regions.

AGRO Merchants Group owns and operates 55 facilities in 8 countries across Europe, North America and Latin America with more than 750,000 square meters of cold storage.