Effective December 16, 2019, Fruchtimport vanWylick LLC will take over the ripening facilities of Andretta Fruchtimport Lcc in Stuttgart and Pratteln, Switzerland, with a total capacity of approx. 46,000 cartons per week.
With the takeover of the ripening plants at the strategically well located locations of Stuttgart and Pratteln in Switzerland, Fruchtimport vanWylick is moving closer to its goal of offering its customers in Germany and neighbouring countries the ripening and distribution of the important and sensitive article bananas from a single source. With this acquisition, the vanWylick Group now has a ripening capacity of approx. 200,000 carton in Germany, spread over the locations Berlin, Dresden, Dortmund, Cologne, Munich plus Stuttgart and Pratteln near Basel. Together with the strategic partner Inter-Weichert, a further 30,000 cartonboard capacity will be added in Hamburg.
The company headquarters / Image: VanWylick GmbH
In recent years, vanWylick has consistently invested in new and sustainable mature and distribution locations in Cologne and Munich. In addition, the ripening facilities in Dortmund and Dresden were completely renovated. As the Gemüsering Group has also invested considerably in the plants acquired in 2017, this fits perfectly into vanWylick's modern market presence.
The new ripening chambers in Stuttgart are equipped with Softripe technology. This means that vanWylick now has both systems in use and hopes to gain insights into the method previously favoured and internally referred to as "gentle ripening". This technology, which is used worldwide, is based on the continuous further development of the proven ripening technology with a view to quality, sustainability and digitization.
The company expects the transaction to contribute positively to its goal of becoming one of the best ripeners of bananas and other fruits. vanWylick also sees considerable market potential in the ripening of other fruits such as mangos, avocados, kiwis, etc. with its regional ripening plants that are close to the customer.
Eight distribution and ripening centres
Fruchtimport vanWylick is a leading importer, marketer and service provider for fruit and vegetables in Germany and neighbouring countries. Some 400 employees generate a turnover of €275 million. There are 8 distribution and ripening centres. The main business areas are the ripening of bananas and other products, the import and marketing of citrus, grapes, stone fruit and niche products as well as services and distribution in the fruit and vegetable assortment.