AGRO Merchants Group Acquires APC in Spain

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Acquisition adds automation to company’s cold storage capabilities and reinforces its commitment to develop cold chain solutions across the Iberian region.

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APC’s infrastructure, IT systems and automation capabilities, together with a sound management team, enhances our position in the country to support existing and new customers.

AGRO Merchants Group has announced the addition of Almacenes de Productos Congelados (APC) located in Spain to its portfolio. The deal also includes Insofrisa S.A. and Zarantapec S.L. from the DRS Group. These Spanish entities are now part of AGRO Merchants Group. This latest partnership with APC will add automated storage retrieval systems, automated picking, commodity expertise and new strategic locations to AGRO Merchants Group. APC specializes in the temperature controlled logistics sector where it provides a comprehensive range of storage, handling and value-added services to manufacturers and retailers.

Carlos Rodriguez, President of AGRO Merchants Group Europe said, “APC has a long-standing track record of providing large scale solutions to the ice cream and other market segments within the cold chain industry. APC’s infrastructure, IT systems and automation capabilities, together with a sound management team, enhances our position in the country to support existing and new customers.”

Claudio Mealli, Chairman of the DRS Group said, “The Group has operated in Italy since 1971 and in Spain since 1987. We are proud of building our family business and serving customers for more than 40 years, and will continue with our Italian operations under the DRS Group brand. I look forward to collaborating with AGRO Merchants, they are well positioned to develop APC further in the Spanish market.”

The acquisition by AGRO Merchants Group further validates how important the Iberian Peninsula is to the company and their customers. A large expansion project at the Port of Algeciras is underway with a planned completion in August 2016. This facility, along with APC and further growth plans, will allow the group to manage, develop and optimize customers’ supply chains.

APC is a cold storage leader in Spain, with two locations 25km and 30km north of Barcelona providing excellent accessibility via the main motorways. The facilities sit on a total of 67,000 sqm of land with expansion possibilities at both locations. They have a current capacity of 55,000 pallet positions. APC’s commitment to quality, sustainability and customer service include certifications in: ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS 18001:2007, SMETA, IFS and URSA.

About AGRO Merchants Group

AGRO Merchants Group owns and operates 53 facilities in 8 countries across North America, Latin America and Europe, with more than 700,000 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.

For additional information, please visit AGRO’s website at

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