Agro Merchants continues to expand its presence in the fresh produce arena through its growing international coldstorage and logistics network.
In late December, Nordic Cold Storage, which forms part of the Agro Merchants Group, took delivery of its first consignment of Peruvian grapes at the port, marking the first ever shipment of fresh produce through the Georgian port.
The grapes were shipped by Divine Flavor, a grower-owned distribution partner of Mexico’s Grupo Alta.
“This achievement is a milestone for both Agro and the Port of Savannah, as it represents the first shipment of fresh produce imported through the port and stored in a chilled facility in Savannah,” Agro Merchants said in a statement.
Divine Flavor said besides cost savings in transportation, the proximity of the Port of Savannah to its customers saved up to five days in delivery, allowing retailers to offer fresher products to their customers.
Agro Merchants recently transformed part of Nordic Cold Storage’s 400,000ft2 facility into a chilled refrigerated space in response to rising market demand for fresh produce traffic at Savannah seaport.
The converted space is an interim solution while the company completes construction of a new state-of-the-art facility in the port.