AGRO Merchants Group Completes Facility Expansion in Rotterdam, The Netherlands to Strengthen Fresh Produce Sector

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Latest expansion project adds 6,000 pallet positions and brings greater capacity and services to customers in the fresh produce sector.

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We are thrilled to be starting operations at our newly expanded facilities, as we can now further support the fresh produce sector and meet the increasing demands of our clients for storage, packing, ripening and all the other services we offer.

ADB Cool Company (ADB), part of AGRO Merchants Group since 2015, officially opened their new facility expansion in October 2016. The expansion adds 13 loading bays and 6,000 pallet positions, bringing the site to a capacity of 23,198 pallet positions. This expansion enhances the company’s repacking capabilities through a substantial investment in new facilities, equipment and technology.

The facility is strategically located near the Port of Rotterdam, which is the busiest port in Europe with an annual throughput of approximately 465 million tonnes. Construction was designed by AGRO Merchants to obtain a BREEAM Excellent certification. BREEAM is an internationally recognized assessment method to determine sustainability performance of buildings. The expansion is now supporting its growing customer base and taking on new customers volume.

Alex de Brujin, managing director of ADB, shared: “We are thrilled to be starting operations at our newly expanded facilities, as we can now further support the fresh produce sector and meet the increasing demands of our clients for storage, packing, ripening and all the other services we offer.”

ADB Cool Company is a family business founded more than 80 years ago to support cooling and storage of Westland grapes and lily bulbs. ADB successfully developed additional capabilities to handle other products and continues to grow within the fruit sector. ADB has ample storage capacity with multiple rooms to handle a wide variety of temperatures including deep-frozen. Service offerings include: repacking, quality inspections, ripening, flow packing, grape cutting and others. Quality certifications include IFS Logistics, IFS Food, SKAL and AEO.

Together with Opticool and ETL, AGRO Merchants' fresh produce network in Rotterdam offers unrivaled end-to-end services for the industry through a strategic combination of port and inland facilities with transportation and forwarding services.

With this expansion, AGRO Merchants continues to lead the cold chain industry in new facility investments and service enhancements to support fresh perishable food trade. Other recently completed projects include facility expansions in Spain at the Port of Algeciras and in Vineland, NJ serving the Port of Philadelphia. With new greenfield sites in Houston, TX and Savannah, GA planned for 2017, we will continue to meet the growing demand of our global customers.

About AGRO Merchants Group

AGRO Merchants Group owns and operates 55 facilities in 8 countries across North America, Latin America and Europe, with more than 750,000 square meters of cold storage. The company is focused on providing innovative cold chain solutions on a global basis by partnering with the highest quality family businesses and creating new, reliable, and integrated trade networks to help its customers grow. AGRO invests in modern assets, industry-leading technologies, and value-added service offerings to ensure the highest quality supply chain management standards in the industry.

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