R&M Forwarding is going to build a new cold store on the Nieuw-Reijerwaard business park in the Netherlands. Construction will start this month. The warehouse should be mostly completed late in the year. About 15,000 m2 will be built on the three hectares of land.
"We're running out of space in our old locations. So, we're looking forward to settling into this new state-of-the-art building. The building will have two floors. A few of our clients will be using some of the new office space," says Managing Director Rien van Beek. For now, the company will keep its current premises in Ridderkerk.
"Soon we can offer not only storage and transshipment. We'll have the entire service package the fruit trade needs. That ranges from repackaging, packing, small packs, and netting to ripening, cooling, storage, and transshipment. We'll soon have a cooling capacity of 10,000 pallets at our disposal. We'll be using an ammonia-based, environmentally-friendly cooling system. We have the option of fast cooling and deep cooling. We're going to ripen avocados and mangoes too. And we'll be able to store bananas."
In this new premises, R&M Forwarding will be entering into a strategic partnership with Looije Packing. "We're going to build a special 3,500m2 floor. It will be used for packing and repacking. It will include a new citrus washing line. Then we can meet large shipment demands. These usually come from South America and South Africa. We're also going to have a complete packaging line for blueberries. We'll pack those from bulk into all kinds of packaging for European supermarkets," says Rien.
"Everything will be geared toward quick loading and unloading, as is demanded by our sector. That means we'll work with drive-in racks, which will store pallets at a maximum of three-high. We're also going to provide large pre-cooling areas and enough loading docks. We have all the necessary certifications like AEO and IFS. So, we can completely unburden our clients. That will allow them to concentrate on their own line of business."
"The Dutch Fresh Port [in Nieuw-Reijerwaard] is the largest agri/fresh/food cluster in the Netherlands. So, it was an easy choice. Many of our clients are located in the vicinity. And the location is in a great spot, logistically. It's in the central part of the Netherlands and close to the Port of Rotterdam. It's conveniently located near three major highways, too," concludes Rien.