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LCL continues expansion in Netherlands market

LCL continues expansion in Netherlands market, CEO Andres Nunez Sorensen, Broom Group /// © MundoMaritimo
CEO Andres Nunez Sorensen, Broom Group /// © MundoMaritimo


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.

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TX Logistik doubles number of round trips for Coop in Sweden

TX Logistik doubles number of round trips for Coop in Sweden, © TX Logistik Jens Albinus
© TX Logistik, Jens Albinus
Troisdorf, 20 April 2020 –

TX Logistik AG, a company specialized in Europe-wide transport services and part of the Italian railway group Polo Mercitalia (FS Italiane Group), has expanded its rail freight traffic in Sweden. As of 6 April, the number of trains between Bro (Stockholm) and Malmo for the Swedish retail chain Coop was increased from 10 to 20 per week. The connection is used to supply foodstuffs to the supermarkets in the south of the country.

TX Logistik (TXL) has been on the rails for Coop in Sweden since 2012. The retail chain has commissioned TXL to double the number of round trips. The start and destination is the central warehouse in Bro (about 30 kilometres north-west of Stockholm). On the way to Malmo, the trains make a stopover in Alvesta near Växjo. The higher frequency enables Coop to transfer 520 trucks from road to rail every week. This benefits both the environment and safety. By Coop transporting its goods by rail, the Swedish group says it saves up to 9,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year compared with road transport.

The expansion of TXL’s existing business in Sweden emphasizes the progressive implementation of the Mercitalia Group‘s European expansion strategy, in which TX Logistik plays a leading role. The transport solution developed for Coop demonstrates the level of efficiency and quality that the rail system has now achieved. Even for goods that were previously transported almost exclusively by road, a more extensive use of rail is now possible.


Source: Press release
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No slowdown foreseen at Europe’s major ports

No slowdown foreseen at Europe’s major ports, © Alex Proimos, Wikipédia
© Alex Proimos, Wikipédia


The major international ports are not expecting to register falls in activity despite the lockdowns across much of the world due to the coronavirus. Speaking to Eurofresh, Cristina Recio Galiana, of the Port of Algeciras’ in southern Spain, said, “In February, the Port of Algeciras handled a total of 9.991 million tons, which means a 15% increase compared with February 2019. Regarding the present month, March, we do not expect any reduction in volume.”

Algericas is Spain’s second busiest port, with the seventh highest volume of traffic in Europe.

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Maersk “committed to guaranteeing supply chain”

Maersk “committed to guaranteeing supply chain”


In the face of severe disruptions to the world’s supply chains caused by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Maersk has promised it will shoulder its responsibilities to ensure food is delivered around the world. 

In an open statement, ocean and logistics chief executive, Vincent Clerc, said, “At Maersk, we […] understand that we have a large responsibility, both for our people and for our partners. You have trusted us to care for a large part of your supply chain, and I wanted to reassure you that we are as committed today, as before to enable your business.” 

In terms of specific measures Maersk has adopted, Clerc said, “Our seafarers who transport your goods have stepped up and extended their time at sea, our office teams are all working remotely on laptops and are available via the usual phone numbers, web and mobile channels, ensuring both social distancing and business continuity. We have learnt from our Chinese colleagues who have kept the business running throughout the most severe of times and are pleased to share that all our operations are still in place to serve you.”

Port of Antwerp ready to take on Covid-19

The Port of Antwerp’s Covid-19 Taskforce, which consists of key players in the organisation of the port, has expressed its full commitment to keeping the country supplied. In a statement, the Taskforce said that it remained 100 per cent operational thanks to the daily efforts and commitment of all its employees. The taskforce has identified key aspects that needed attention and set up a port monitor to survey the daily operations.

“At the moment the port platform is operational and there are no insurmountable problems,” the port stated. Handling on the terminals is going ahead normally, there is sufficient manpower available to deal with cargo, and drivers are arriving and departing without too much delay.”

As of last weekend, the moment Port of Antwerp had not seen any decline in freight volume. However, it expected a drop in traffic at the port in the coming weeks as a result of the outbreak. For instance, 15 fewer large container carriers from Asia will call, equivalent to 115,000 TEU.

The port stressed the importance of keeping Europe’s borders open for all forms of freight transport. 

IATA calls on governments to support air cargo in fight against Covid-19 pandemic

On 16th March the International Air Transport Association (IATA) stressed the important role air freight will play to help countries fight the Covid-19 pandemic, calling on governments worldwide to take urgently measures steps to facilitate the movement of cargo by air. Over 185,000 passenger flights have been cancelled since the end of January. With the collapse of some passenger airlines and the parking of many planes, the available freight capacity has plummeted.

The IATA points out that air freight is being used for transporting food, essential medicines, medical equipment, spare parts and components for such equipment, as well as maintaining global supply chains for time-sensitive operations. The statement said: “The world’s fleet of freighter aircraft has been mobilised to make up [the] capacity shortfall. Governments must take urgent measures to ensure that vital supply lines remain open, efficient and effective.”

The steps that the IATA calls for include exempting the crew members of freighter aircraft, who do not encounter the public, from 14-day quarantine measures and exempting air cargo operations from Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Standardised measures should be implemented, to allow air freight to move globally with minimum disruption. Temporary traffic rights for cargo operations should be supported, in cases where restrictions apply. Economic impediments to air freight, such as parking fees, “slot” restrictions and overflight charges, should be removed during the crisis.

The increase in fruit and vegetable exports in the last two weeks as a consequence of the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis has caused many trucks originating in Spain to be outside our borders without a guaranteed return, at least with merchandise. Normally, these trucks return to the point of origin loaded with other types of products; however, the stoppage of productive activity in other European sectors is preventing this from happening.

“There is a significant shortage of returns,” sources from the J.Carrión company affirm in statements to the magazine MERCADOS, stating that “if the situation does not change in the short term, that shortage will increase”; and on this circumstance will depend the increase or not of the prices.

From the company based in Huércal de Almería (Almería) they insist that, “globally, transport is not going to become more expensive”, but they clarify that, currently, “there may be lines that are increasing in price due to the lack of returns , which causes the return of empty trucks ”. The other option is to return at a lower price than those who usually pay at destination to Spain and which, in this case, would have to be assumed by Spanish companies.

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Intelligent Delivery and Primafrio sign partnership

Primafrio reinforces its position in the fruit and vegetable market with new logistic platform

Ermua-based company Intelligent Delivery (ID), a pioneer in Click & Collect solutions in the Iberian Peninsula, has signed an agreement with Primafrio, a leading European fresh produce transportation to develop better logistics for the sector. For Primafrio Group, the move represents a further step in its commitment to new technologies, horizontal diversification within the logistics sector and the development of transport solutions that minimise environmental impact, in line with its CSR policy. Primafrio is committed to last-mile logistics, which means being as close as possible to the consumer thanks to technologically advanced solutions, such as intelligent distribution cabinets.

For Intelligent Delivery, the signing of this agreement represents a gateway to important cooperation opportunities between the two companies, thus increasing the possibility of entering the cold sector for last-mile delivery of perishable or even frozen products .

Primafrio is Spain’s leading fruit and vegetable products transportation company and one of the most important in Europe. It has over 50 years of experience in the domestic and international refrigeration transport sector, with Germany, the UK and France the main destination countries for a range of services in which refrigeration transport accounts for the largest volume of business, followed by logistics services.

Intelligent Delivery offers click and collect services in Spain and Portugal through automated terminals, (from smart lockers to robotics) for sectors such as logistics, retail, corporate and others. It provides turnkey solutions with great capacity to adapt to different needs arising from the delivery and collection of parcels in an automated terminal.

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Antwerp records rise in reefer container volumes


The port of Antwerp recorded a 7.2% increase in perishables, handling a total of 871,757 TEU of reefer containers. Much of this growth was driven by traffic with Latin America. This marks the seventh consecutive year of freight handling growth for the port, which now totals 238m tons of cargo.

According to a statement released by the port authority: “Container shipping companies operating in the big reefer markets of Latin America are increasingly choosing Antwerp as their first European port of call. Antwerp’s central position deep inland offers shippers short transit times for perishables on their way to large consumer markets in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Germany and beyond. Furthermore the port’s experienced service providers offer fast, high-quality unloading and storage, as well as added-value services and completion of customs and food inspection formalities. Far-reaching digitisation such as the  ViSiGiP platform also allows shippers to visually follow the reporting and inspection process at the border inspection post, which in turn makes for a simpler, more efficient process.”

Additional container handling capacity will now be added to the port of Antwerp to ensure sustained growth of its operations.

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The European Packaging Forum: Congress & Get-together on May 14, 2020

The European Packaging Forum: Congress & Get-together on May 14, 2020

The European Packaging Forum is a precisely tailored congress event for the fruit and vegetable industry, focusing on marketing, sustainability, traceability, consumer and trade acceptance, innovative solutions, logistics, protection and functionality, hygiene and law. These are the topics that the experts from all stages of the value chain will be discussing on 14 May 2020 in Düsseldorf at Hotel Nikko Düsseldorf. This will be followed by the DFHV Annual Conference on 15 May 2020. 

The organisers – Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) and Fruchthandel Magazin – will be addressing a central topic in the sector, which is not only being strongly discussed in the entire value chain, but also in society. A press release stated: “Since the recent pictures of dead whales and polluted seas make this topic difficult to be ignored. We want to tackle the challenges and take a close look at them in order to discuss and sketch out alternatives and solutions with the competent experts in the end and thus give the industry new impetus. We want to bring together the most important market partners in the European sector in order to objectify the discussion and jointly develop new ideas and strategies for contemporary solutions and offers for the entire value chain.”

Simultaneous translation is provided of the plenary sessions in German and English.

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All aboard the SS Rotterdam for Cool Logistics 2020!

All aboard the SS Rotterdam for Cool Logistics 2020!


The 12th Cool Logistics Global Conference and Exhibition will take place on-board the iconic SS Rotterdam in Rotterdam from 13 – 15 October 2020. The leading global event and networking forum for logistics, shipping and supply chain professionals focused on perishable cargoes offers an opportunity to hear from market-leading organisations on the hot topics, trends and issues impacting the industry, as well as debate and discuss the latest industry intelligence and identify solutions to problems in the current climate.

In 2019, the 1st Cool Logistics Global ‘Innovation in Perishable Logistics’ Award was launched to recognise and reward contributions from organisations adding value to the cold supply chain through their innovations. This inaugural Award was presented to Omnia Management.  The criteria for the 2nd Award will be announced soon and the winner will receive the Award during the event on-board the SS Rotterdam.

Rachael White, director of Cool Logistics Global, said, “At the 12th year Cool Logistics Global, we will continue the conversation about global developments in the perishables logistics and supply chain industry.  We will debate and discuss the new trends in technology, e-commerce and food trade around the world and their impact on the perishable cargoes, reefer shipping, port operations and more.”

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CoolRail, the first European rail service for fresh produce

CoolRail, the first European rail service for fresh produce, Credit: Sandra Zeillstra (FLD)
Credit: Sandra Zeillstra (FLD)



CoolRail is Europe’s first rail connection for fresh produce, serving south and north-western Europe. The initiative, started by Euro Pool System in May 2019 to ensure greater efficiency and sustainability in the fresh supply chain, consists of a direct train link between the ports of Valencia and Rotterdam, with dedicated trains three times a week in both directions, as well as a connecting line with Barcelona. Key account manager, Miguel Ángel Hidalgo, said, “The project actually began in 2012, when the Dutch retailer Albert Hein sought an alternative to road transport and Euro Pool System decided it was a strategic necessity to be certified as ‘Lean and Green’ and reach its goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 20% by 2025.” In fact, CoolRail goes far beyond meeting these objectives. International Flows Manager, Fred Lessing, said, “We collaborated on this project with the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. While we believed the reduction of CO2 emissions would be of the order of 30-50%, the results of a study estimate that saving will instead be of between 70% and 90%, depending on content of truck or train.” 

This prime example of a circular economy provides added value for CoolRail’s customers, who, besides Albert Hein, already number Bakker, Bollo and Primaflor, with great interest shown across the continent, which can be served by connecting truck services. CoolRail currently rents over 100 diesel-electric reefers to maintain the cold chain. As one train is the equivalent of 42 trucks, CoolRail will replace 13,000 trucks per year, thereby removing 15,000 tons of C02 from the supply chain and saving the energy produced by six wind turbines in a year. It will also reduce traffic congestion on Europe’s busy road network. A successful pilot study was carried out in Germany in 2016. 

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Primavia, innovation in the transport sector

Primavia, innovation in the transport sector

Primavia is a partnership of two of the sector’s most innovative companies: the international road transportation company, Primafrio, and VIIA, the rail motorway operator of the French group SNCF. Primavia focuses on international multimodal transport – a combination of road and rail transport of perishable goods between Spain and Europe.

The main objective of this union is to transport fruit and vegetable trucks by train via a service that guarantees fast, ecological and responsible transport. This ensures the company is keeping its commitment to the environment, while responding to customer demands and the current challenges of the sector.

Primavia provides the transport of fruit and vegetable trucks by train from Spain to Europe. It operates the first rail motorway leaving Spain, from Barcelona to Betemburgo, joining lines that have already been developed in other European destinations, such as le Boulou-Calais and le Boulou-Luxembourg.

Work on this pioneering project has been ongoing for over two years. It will allow an average of five HuckePack semi-trailers to be loaded each day onto the train. The railway subsidiary only uses HuckePack trailer services (50 of them) and 50 standard refrigerated trailers.

This innovative project by Primavia optimises transportation, reduces environmental impact and improves safety.

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