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Lineage Logistics officially opens fully automated Cool Port II

On Wednesday, November 23, Lineage Logistics officially took its Cool Port II in the Port of Rotterdam into use. With a ceremonial push of a button and in the presence of staff and business partners, Harld Peters, Mark Ketelaar (both Lineage), Rob Scholte (Lamb Weston Meijer), and Frederik Zevenbergen (Province of South…

Kashmir apple farmers panic because of overproduction, lack of cold storage and tanking prices

The bumper harvest of apples this year in the Kashmir Valley should have brought a lot of cheer among the apple farmers there but instead, they are considering it one of their…

Lineage opens new fully automated cool port II cold storage facility in Port of Rotterdam

Lineage has expanded its European network of strategically located cold storage facilities with the opening of the Cool Port II facility at City Terminal Rotterdam The fully…

International Finance Corporation

Rwanda and UK governments join IFC to further Africa cold chain progress

At COP27, the governments of Rwanda and the UK have joined forces to help speed the delivery of innovative cooling technologies in Africa. Representatives from Rwanda and the…

Lena Leithold-Kühling, Kühling Fruchthandel, on their expanded product range

"Mini CA storage systems provide a natural, controlled atmosphere in existing cold storages"

Sustainable packaging - particularly packaging made of cardboard - is increasingly finding its way into the trade these days. Family-owned company Kühling, based in Emstek in Lower Saxony, has also recognized this trend, and it has expanded its range accordingly with some new solutions, Lena…

Anton Potgieter – The Logistics Group, Paulo Franco – FPT, Sean Gent – Matola Cargo Terminal

Maputo cold store will open up new avenues for 2023 South African citrus exports

At the Matola Cargo Terminal in Mozambique, The Logistics Group and FPT have started construction of the Maputo Cold Store and a fruit consolidation hub. It is planned to be ready in time for next year’s citrus season. Currently fruit can only be loaded at ambient temperature from the port of Maputo.…

Carrier Transicold supported Pacific International Lines to expand its reefer container inventory

Carrier Transicold, a part of Carrier Global Corporation, a global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions, recently manufactured 1,750…

India's Odisha to install solar powered cold storage for farmers

Solar powered cold storage across the state of Odisha in India will be installed to keep fresh produce cool.  The Solar cold rooms will be set up in 1 000 village areas that is…

Fresh Del Monte chooses Daikin's ZeSTIA units

Fresh Del Monte, producers, distributors and marketers of fresh and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, has ordered 2,200 Daikin ZeSTIA units, of which 10 are fitted with Daikin’s CA (controlled atmosphere) technology.  This is the first order from Fresh Del Monte, whose product range includes prepared fruit…

Smart ripening technology gaining ground in Europe

Companies are increasingly investing in smart ripening technology. There is now also an upgraded Softripe-Frigotec 3.0 version. "It further improves quality and the ripening process, giving the fruit a more natural shelf life," says the company's managing director Roland Wirth. This technology, first patented…

Asevec: "In the next four years we could become the first European producer"

"Despite the current uncertainty, we're very optimistic about the future of frozen vegetables"

The forecasts for the Spanish frozen food industry remain optimistic, despite the impact that the increase in costs has on this sector. The general secretary of the Spanish…

New Dutch company, Agri Cooling

"Total cooling and storage solutions concept for agribusiness"

Agri Cooling was established in February 2022. A new name, but one with plenty of agricultural refrigeration technology experience. Ventri Techniek's Peter Maljaars, Arie van Dijk, and Jeroen van Kats, Stijn Huysmans and Stefan Huijsmans, who joined this new Dutch company on November 1, are all…

A&B Fruchthandels GmbH

Andreas Arnold from A&B Fruchthandels Ltd:

"By the end of October, around 20,000 tons of frozen raspberries from Serbia were sold across Europe"

European raspberry producers had to struggle with a disastrous harvest in 2021. Balkan expert Andreas Arnold from A&B Fruchthandels in Esslingen informed us that sufficient volumes were available this year, especially from Serbia and other Balkan countries. However, the demand leaves much to be desired.…

'The challenges and solutions in selling high quality IQF berries'

Maintaining the natural appearance and shape of berries during the freezing process is of great concern to processors, as berries are very delicate. The reason for the difficulty of handling these berries can be found in the high water and sugar content of these soft fruits, OctoFrost marketing…

Cold Chain Federation urges new ministers to provide reassurance on energy crisis action beyond March 2023

The Cold Chain Federation has written to the Chancellor and newly appointed Cabinet Ministers in the Department for Business, Environment and Transport calling for urgent…

Marcel Eversdijk of N. Eversdijk:

"Confident of price rebound"

"Prices will rebound. I have full confidence in things improving. We're in a dip now, but we'll just keep going. The energy crisis is causing cost increases, putting consumer spending under pressure. But, people still want to eat a healthy piece of fruit," says Marcel Eversdijk of the Dutch top fruit company N. Eversdijk.…

Guangzhou Nansha International Logistics Center officially launched the cold chain import business

On October 25th, a cold chain container truck loaded with Thai coconut, longan, and other commodities entered Guangzhou Nansha International Logistics Center, marking the…

Henry County, Georgia

NewCold to make Henry County’s single-largest investment with state-of-the-art distribution facility

Governor Brian P. Kemp has announced that NewCold, a global player in automated storage and cold chain logistics, will build and operate an advanced, large-scale distribution facility in Georgia. This project will create 170 new jobs and deliver more than $333 million in investment – the single-largest…

Peak harvest period of Indonesian mangosteens has started

“It has been more than 2 months since Indonesian mangosteens entered their new harvest season in August and, recently, the peak harvest period has started. Current prices are more affordable than the average. Compared with the same period last year, the market has seen a price drop of around 10%,”…

First China-Europe train with reefer containers departs for Russia from Xiamen

A China-Europe freight train with reefer containers departed from Xiamen on Wednesday. It will travel from East China’s Fujian Province to Moscow and marks the first…

New report from Swedish Club shows spike in reefer claims over pandemic

A new report from The Swedish Club, Container Claims – Refrigerated Containers, has identified a peak in refrigerated (reefer) container claims during the pandemic years as a…

Limited direct cargo flights and cold chain thwart horticultural exports from Uganda

Industry experts claim that a lack of proper cold chain facilities and limited direct cargo flights -among other hindrances- are stalling the growth of Uganda's horticulture…

Refrigeration: a hot top fruit storage topic

"Energy costs are making up a bigger part of production costs everywhere," is how Ann Schenk of the Flemish Center for Storage and Horticultural products (VCBT) summarizes the situation surrounding rising top fruit refrigerated storage costs. The VCBT is a Belgian Horticultural Cooperatives Association…

Moldova special: Vaipan

"Seedless grapes are not easy to grow in Moldova"

It is not commonplace, but it can be done: with zero cultivation or trading experience, plant a ten-hectare plot with grapes and enter the market. Liubomir Vaipan, an IT specialist, working in the real estate sector, did exactly that in 2008, when the real estate bubble burst. He now grows and sells grapes,…

Consortium unveils pan-African cold chain logistics to increase food security

To improve essential temperature-controlled logistics infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa and ensure food security in the region, African Infrastructure Investment Managers…

Tanzania Horticultural Association seeks Indian investors for cold storage facilities

The Tanzania Horticultural Association has stated that existing cold rooms in the country are very few compared with demands, and the available rooms need to be improved.…

Following electric trailer trials with Walmart, Loblaws and Martin Brower

Thermo King by Trane Technologies accelerates cold chain decarbonization

Thermo King®, a big player in transport temperature control solutions and a brand of Trane Technologies, has completed initial testing of its innovative evolve™ electric…

Nearly 6,000 solar panels ensures energy-neutral process at Dutch wholesaler

In the Netherlands, the roof of fruit and vegetable wholesaler Kraaijeveld has been transformed into a solar park: 5,930 solar panels have been installed to capture the sun's energy, converting that into power. This project contributes to the company's vision of a sustainable future, it reports. Roof transformedWhen…

Moldova-special: Piet Schotel of the CBI

"We have worked with Moldovan companies that get it and are real entrepreneurs"

Moldovan growers are not getting support from only USAID's HVAA project, as covered in an earlier part of our Moldovan special. The Netherlands Center for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI), too, advises and supports these growers to tap new markets through advice and active…

Easing supply chain bottlenecks

Maersk offers environmentally friendly rail solution for Spanish reefer exports

A Maersk Company, a subsidiary of Maersk and specialized in Intra-European logistics, is launching a new rail product from Spain to the UK especially designed for…

Southern California reefer volumes trending down into the fall

Reefer volumes in Fresno, California, are continuing a steady decline that started last week. Since Sept. 21 the Reefer Outbound Tender Volume Index for Fresno is down more…

Moldova special: nut company Prometeu-T

"No prunes this year due to high gas prices, but there will be almonds and walnuts"

Plums, apples, and grapes are undoubtedly Moldova's top fresh produce export products. Walnut, almond, and hazelnut production is less well-known. That might well change in the coming years - Moldova's climate and soil are perfect for these types of trees. Prometeu-T, a cultivation and processing company…

Moldova special: plum and grape cultivation company, Ceteronis

High transport rates hinder fruit export

The fruit cultivation company, Ceteronis, which was founded in 2000, combines no fewer than nine kolkhoz* fields, totaling over 4,000 hectares. A third of the acreage consists of vineyards and a tenth of fruit tree orchards. Besides grapes, plums occupy a prominent place on the Ceteronis' farms. "But, this…

Interko to unveil new fruit ripening advances

Interko, specialized in the design, manufacture and installation of state-of-the-art fresh fruit ripening rooms, will exhibit at Fruit Attraction once again when it reconvenes in Madrid, Spain, on 4-6 October 2022. The Dutch company will promote its recent raft of technological innovations to target new…

Moldova special: fruit export company Fani

"Stable, long-term relationships are far more appealing than the spot market"

With its fleet of trucks that supply the Eastern and Central European markets with its own and partner-grown fruit, export company Fani has, for the past five years, had quite a unique business model in Moldova's fruit sector. "We're not immediately interested in the Middle East. We prefer sending our…

Cold storage facilities to move closer to essential areas

Do the high energy prices have an impact on cold storage facilities? According to Brent Erenwert with Brother's Produce, demand for cold storage continues to skyrocket. The company rents out cold storage space in Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas, TX. Erenwert has a few explanations for the extremely high…

Moldova special: fruit company Codru

Codru will focus on stone fruit in the coming years

Organic farming is not big in Moldova. But, neither does that mean pesticides are used willy-nilly in fruit cultivation. On the contrary. "We have used far less insecticides because of the pheromones control system that we have implemented this season," begins Mihai Chilianu, CEO of Codru, a fruit-growing…

Between January and July of 2022, it increased by 6%

The international demand for Peruvian fruits and vegetables is increasing

Peruvian fruit and vegetable exports between January and July of 2022 amounted to 3,051 million dollars, i.e. 6% more than the 2,889 million dollars achieved in the same period of 2021, stated the Agricultural Export Management of the Association of Exporters (ADEX). The country showcased its offer,…

Moldova special: Tony Derwael of Bel'Export's vision

"I don't see immediate chances for Moldovan apples in Western Europe, but I do for stone fruit"

This time we hear from someone in Western Europe about the Moldovan story, in which, so far, only the locals have had their say. We sought out a grower/dealer familiar with this Southeast European region, its culture, and, above all, this small Ukrainian neighbor's fruit sector. Tony Derwael, who owns…

10th part of the Moldova Special: USAID's HVAA Project

"Thanks to our efforts, we now have a good export of Moldovan plums to Germany"

We have already given a general introduction about the reasons for this special series, some basic, general information about the country and horticulture, and have told three companies' stories. This article focuses on a U.S. government program that has supported and helped develop fruit cultivation and…

Moldova-special: Fresh Time

"The sector should see Russia being closed as an opportunity to seek new horizons"

"You can harvest as many vast quantities of excellent apples and perfectly store them in dynamically modified conditions as you want. But, if you don't know the market, that will all be for nothing." Vitalie Obrijanu, commercial director of Fresh Time, an apple, pear, and cherry company from northeastern…

Consumers are buying more frozen vegetables because they are a healthy cheaper option

Consumers are buying more frozen vegetables when they go shopping because they are a cheaper healthy option in the face of the general increase in prices. Despite also being affected by the increases, this product category has become an increasingly interesting alternative for consumers, as it is cheaper…

Global Cool Logistics Conference day 2

Perishable hubs of the future and cold chain connectivity

Wednesday 21 September saw the second day of the Global Cool Logistics Conference in Barcelona. The first session of the day was on Cool Ports and Cold Stories:Perishables Hubs of the Future  The session was opened by Shane Brennan, Chief Executive Officer, Cold Chain Federation who spoke about an Era of Resilience.…

AkoFresh

Ghanaian growers are benefiting from solar-powered cold storage

Almost 90% of smallholder farmers in Ghana sell their produce at the farm gate, mostly because finding ways to store freshly harvested fruit and vegetables is a big problem…

Dutch refrigeration company project

Unique concept: In Australia, independent ripeners can rent ripening cells

The Dutch refrigeration company, De Laat Koudetechniek, has completed a project in Montague, Australia. "This Australian ripening facility is unique in that independent ripeners can rent ripening cells. They ripen bananas or avocados," says Adriann van Beek. "Different people use those ripening cells for…

Moldova special: Vardan Agro

"A hydro cooler would open many doors for us on the international market"

Stanislav Russu and his brother A common thread runs through these articles: Moldovan fruit tastes delicious. Everyone says so. Why, then, are there hardly any of their apples in Western European stores? There are many reasons. Firstly, the Western European apple market already has an ample supply and…

"Losing sales despite unparalleled taste"

The company featured in this article differs somewhat from those we have already covered in this series. The Miorita apple farm lies near Balti, Moldova's fourth-largest city, and unlike the other companies, it is not building on old Soviet-era orchards. The first plots were planted in 2011, and parts…

Sistem Cold specializes in cold storage for the fresh produce industry

"Ideal environmental conditions during handling are essential to perfectly maintain organoleptic qualities and contribute to the commercial value of produce. A fruit that arrives on the shelves wilted vanishes the investments made to grow it," reports Nicolò Canì, administrator of Sistem Cold Srl, a…

Fifth part of the Moldova special: industry association, Moldova Fruct

"After the second embargo in 2014, the fruit sector began shifting up a gear"

The Fruit Growers and Exporters Association of Moldova, also known as Moldova Fruct, is that country's largest organization serving the fruit sector's growers, processors, exporters, and service providers. In this fifth part of our special, CEO Iurie Fala tells us about the history, operation, goals, and…

Moldova special: Smarta AS apple company

"We began exporting to the Middle East this spring"

For our report about Moldova, we are keeping to the north of the country for a while longer. This time so far north as to be near the Ukraine border. Besides its location, the company we visited there, Smarta AS, has two other things in common with Vilora and SV Fruct, the growers we have already…

Second part of Moldova special: apple and cherry company, SV Fruct

"For the first time ever, our company is turning its gaze on the EU market"

For the second part of our Moldova special, we visited the family business, SV Fruct. No fewer than four sons support the family patriarch in the daily running of the company. Two of them, Vitalii and Victor, spoke to us. Like Vilora, the first cultivation company featured in this series, the Scutaru…

Cord Nunez from HPNow:

"Products washed with peroxide have a longer shelf life"

It is pretty much established that hydrogen peroxide can greatly benefit cultivation. It is, however, relatively new in its use for post-harvest. Considering how crucial it is then to have a constant supply of hydrogen peroxide, HPNow has created an on-site hydrogen generator that creates ultra-pure…

Support the Moldavian fruit trade

Last spring, Moldova and Ukraine applied for membership of the European Union. As a result, Russia has completely blocked fruit imports from Moldova, due to so-called phytosanitary measures. 95% of the apples and grapes were destined for Russia. Moldova has become a candidate member of the EU with a small…

Anantapur-SathyaSai districts

India: Growers and traders demand proper infrastructure facilities

The Anantapur-SathyaSai districts, which emerged as a 'Fruit Bowl' of Andhra Pradesh, have no proper infrastructure facilities like cold storage facilities, warehouses and…

In partnership with management, to accelerate growth

Cambridge Capital announces majority investment in Boa Logistics and Flow Cold Storage

Cambridge Capital, a leading investment firm focused on the supply chain sector, today announced a majority investment in Boa Logistics and Flow Cold Storage which are…

Yang Ming leases 6,000 reefers equipped with Efficient Carrier Transicold PrimeLINE Units

Taiwan-based carrier Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp has leased 6,000 units of 40-ft high-cube PrimeLINE® reefers, of which 500 are equipped with Lynx™ Fleet devices. This is…

Norway: Growers warn of vegetable shortage if energy support isn’t expanded

Norwegian growers are calling on the government to raise the current cap for energy support in the agricultural sector. If this would not come to be, the country may run low…

Rob van Opzeeland, Kivits Logistics Group: "Someone has to do something about the energy market, before things get out of hand"

Dutch refrigeration facilities' electricity prices shoot up

In Europe, the current electricity prices are an ever-present threat hanging over not only the refrigeration market but the economy as a whole. Rob van Opzeeland's company, Kivits Logistics Group, owns 15 cold stores in the Benelux and elsewhere. He is, thus, sounding the alarm. "As things stand, we're…

Seeks international distributors

New Zealand Frost Fans expands into global markets

New Zealand Frost Fans Limited and its associated entities (together, “NZFF”) is expanding its global footprint of FrostBoss® distributors with a focus on European markets. An increasingly important driver of demand, particularly in Europe, is climate change. According to a recent NZ Trade and Enterprise…


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