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Marco – Rostom Group: Egypt’s biggest importer and exporter

In 1985, Mohamed Rostom established Marco for imports and exports as one of the Rostom Group’s companies.

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

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Marco and Moyca announce further expansion

Packhouse productivity expert Marco has won a contract to supply its equipment to a brand new facility at Moyca’s headquarters in Totana, Spain.

Packhouse productivity expert Marco has won a contract to supply its equipment to a brand new facility at Moyca’s headquarters in Totana, Spain.

Moyca, Spain’s leading supplier of table grapes, is building a new state-of-the-art packing house to serve its growing customer base. The new Marco Yield Control System will enable Moyca to efficiently produce consistently packed punnets and boxes of table grapes.

This solution will also see the implementation of 19 high definition LED 65” efficiency screens around the packhouse, displaying live production data as well as technical and quality control videos.

Marco director Murray Hilborne said Marco is excited to be “strengthening its working relationship with such an innovative and cutting-edge company. The new packhouse is a testament to both Marco and Moyca’s hard work and we cannot wait to see the finished product,” he said.

Moyca CEO Enrique Moya Salas is equally pleased with the new contract. “Our previous Marco packhouse installation was a huge success, massively increasing our productivity whilst giving us control over the packing process. Signing with Marco for our new facility was an easy choice to make,” he said.

Marco provides innovative productivity systems designed for the fresh produce and food manufacturing sectors. Marco designs, manufactures and installs low risk, rapid ROI modular control solutions that improve packhouse productivity by 30%.

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Marco makes packing more productive and profitable

Among the hardware and software products Marco was promoting at the show were its Field Side Packing solution, which allows producer who don’t have dedicated pack houses to nevertheless meet retailers’ demand for accurately declared weights on pre-packed produce.

Fruit and vegetable pack houses with over-packing rates as high as 12% have managed to get them down to less than 1% thanks to  productivity improvement expert Marco Ltd, according to its business development coordinator Becky Hart.

Speaking to ED at London Produce Show, Hart said UK-based Marco’s pack house systems have been installed in 27 countries, including Peru, Chile, Guatemala, the US, Canada, South Africa, India and Kenya.

In the fresh produce sector they are ideal for fruit and vegetables that need to be manually packed for handling or presentation reasons.

“We supply solutions for the packing of table grapes, tomatoes, berries and all soft fruits, loose leaf salads and herbs, and all pre-packed vegetables, from mangetout to sugar snap peas to stir-fry packs and baby vegetables,” she said.

“Our systems provide comprehensive data management and visibility through the packing process. Most people pack on very basic and stand alone table top scales which do not provide any weight capture, operator performance reports or batch records. Yet if one of the biggest problems for packers is high levels of overpack (giveaway), you cannot hope to reduce it unless you are monitoring and controlling weights in each and every punnet or box.

“What our system does is make every operator accountable because you have to log into the weighing station, so immediately in a huge pack house you know exactly what everyone is doing and at what speed they’re doing it, and it also reduces the overpack massively and obviously that means you can create more punnets with the same amount of raw produce. It’s this saving that pays for the system and typically following installation we are providing an extra saleable pack in every 10. We usually see a typical return on investment (for our customers) of six months or less, or one growing season” she said.

Among the hardware and software products Marco was promoting at the show were its Field Side Packing solution, which allows producer who don’t have dedicated pack houses to nevertheless meet retailers’ demand for accurately declared weights on pre-packed produce.

Marco: http://www.marco.co.uk/
The London Produce Show and Conference: http://londonproduceshow.co.uk/