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BG Freight Line to offer new route from Waterford to Rotterdam

Dutch shipping line BG Freight Line will open up Waterford port to new international trade routes when it commences a weekly service on the Waterford to Rotterdam route which will act as a deep-sea feeder for Irish importers and exporters. BG Freight Line, in partnership with global shipping giant…

Fresh Carriers Co orders three reefer vessels of 570,000 cubic feet bale.

Fresh Carriers Co., Ltd, a specialized reefer vessel operator, announced that they have ordered three specialized reefer vessels of approximately 570,000 cubic feet bale (about 13,200 Gross tons). The vessels will have a capacity for about 4,800 pallets underdeck and about 100 Reefer FEU (about 2.000…

2019 Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards:

APL clinches third consecutive title of 'Best Shipping Line in the Trans-Pacific'

For the third year in a row, APL, part of the CMA CGM Group, has been named the ‘Best Shipping Line in the Trans-Pacific’ at the 2019 Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain…

Globe Tracker lands Samskip contract

Globe Tracker has announced a contract with the shipping line/intermodal services provider Samskip. Samskip will install Globe Tracker hardware on its reefers, and use the company’s ’s GT Sense platform to monitor the containers, “with two-way communication to Samskip reefer containers across the global…

Italtrans inaugurates new logistic hub

Italtrans' new logistic hub, set to become one of the most important on a national level, was inaugurated on 7th June 2019 at Calcio (Bergamo), near the A35 Brescia-Bergamo-Milano highway. The facility covers 150 thousand sq m within a 350 thousand sq m area and employs 630 people. Ribbon cutting…

New $8 million cross-dock facility in Laredo

Werner Enterprises expands Mexico operations

Regardless of the ups and downs of President Donald Trump’s trade negotiations, Werner Enterprises continues to invest in US-Mexican trade. In May, Werner opened a new 17,000-square foot refrigerated cross-dock operations facility in Laredo, Texas. The $8 million facility features 13 dry docks and eight…

China: "Rapid vacuum cooling of vegetables reduces loss of water"

"Vacuum cooling is the fastest method of pre-cooling for suitable products. The temperature of leaf vegetables can generally be reduced from 30°C to 2~4°C in only 25~30 minutes. In the picture below, the temperature of Chinese cabbage dropped to 4℃ in 25 minutes by Vacuum cooling. Our large Vacuum cooler…

Schoeller Allibert: "We have decided to take on the challenges of the 21st century"

Strong, light and versatile, the new Agriplus® big box delivers savings throughout the fresh produce supply chain. A game-changer, Agriplus® meets the needs of fruit and vegetable market from harvesting field to retail store. With its versatile wide range, all ideal for automated handling and electronic…

Is the Perpignan-Rungis fruit and vegetable freight line in its final hours?

This Monday morning, the morale of the CGT militants, who have been fighting for months to maintain the Perpignan-Rungis fruit and vegetable freight line, was not in a good shape. "In the aftermath of the ministerial meeting on May 24, some cried victory, and ensured that the freight line between the…

Etienne Vennink, VGK Cool Logistics:

“Whatever changes, we’ll still be needed in logistics”

On 1 April 2018, a new player arrived on the market for logistical services. Etienne Vennink decided to continue independently after gaining experience in the sector, and he founded VGK Cool Logistics with Rob van Opzeeland of Kivits Drunen. Twan Bregman and Maurice Buren, who Etienne had worked with for…

Origin Fruit Direct loads first CoolRail container

On the morning of Friday May 31, Origin Fruit Direct loaded the first CoolRail container from the Coolport location in Rotterdam. "The first shipment we are sending is a party of grapefruit for a customer in Spain," says Gijsbert van Leeuwen of Origin Fruit Direct. Gijsbert van Leeuwen and Corne van de…

Cold storage is hot item in US real estate investment

Thanks to new food delivery services such as Peapod by Giant, Amazon Fresh and Blue Apron, cold storage warehouses and distribution centers are suddenly in high demand. Spencer Levy, senior economic advisor for CBRE research: “It is very niche. About 2% or 3% of all goods on groceries are bought online,…

Online platform directly connects traders with suppliers of IQF-frozen produce

When looking for very specific produce, like IQF-frozen produce for example, it can be difficult to find a steady, reliable supplier. This has resulted in an IQF equipment supplier, OctoFrost Group, to set up as a middle-man, connecting buyers with IQF suppliers. They have now launched an online platform…

FreshPlaza Cooling and Logistics Global Focus

Our June Global Focus is all about cooling and logistics. Thanks to new cooling techniques fresh produce has a longer shelf life and is able to travel further by sea and truck. IQF-freezing, where fruit is individually frozen, also seems to be picking up. On the other hand, logistics as a whole will…


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