As of Thursday June 27 Farm Trans started their Bordeaux route. During this project potatoes will be loaded in the southern region of Bordeaux and transported to the Farm Trans location in Moerdijk for a number of weeks. The climate in Bordeaux is warmer which means that the potatoes can be harvested earlier in the season.
Normally potatoes are transported in special bottom unloaders, but partially due to the huge amounts being transported from Bordeaux for a short time, think around 50 trailers per day, the company is opting for a different method: the chilled trailer. This trailer also has the advantage of having the option to set the temperature to the product, allowing the potatoes to remain fresh during the long journey. Using similar trailers for potatoes is not often done in the Western European market.
The potatoes are loaded into the chilled trailers in Bordeaux using a special loading installation. As soon as the potatoes arrive in Moerdijk, they are unloaded onto a platform that is 16 metres long, allowing the entire truck to be tipped 38 degrees to unload the product. The potatoes are then moved to bottom unloaders to that they can be unloaded upon arrival at the factory. This is how the chip factories in the Benelux are able to be foreseen of the right products even in the early season.
According to Theo Bos, Manager Bulk of Farm Trans, the Bordeaux route is a good example of 'driving food forward': "We use existing streams meaning we are driving less empty miles. Due to this sustainable manner of driving, we can work for our customer cost efficiently. This allows us to offer a competitive supply to the market. Of course, all safety regulations are taken into consideration at all times."
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