Univeg expands in Bulgaria

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Univeg expands in Bulgaria

Company's Bulgarian subsidiary set to move into a brand new warehouse and distribution centre by middle of next year

Univeg expands in Bulgaria

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Univeg Bulgaria, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Univeg group of companies and a market leader in the retail distribution of fresh and frozen products within the region, is embarking upon the construction of a new warehouse to offer cross-docking possibilities in Sofia, the company has revealed.

Univeg Bulgaria anticipates moving into the new facility in mid-2010, with Cordeel Bulgaria (a subsidiary of the Belgian-based company Cordeel NV) undertaking the site's construction.

According to the company, one-fifth of the total warehouse space of 8,000m2 will be dedicated to frozen products.

Other temperature zones will allow optimal handling of fresh produce requiring different cooling regimes.

A large open site will provide excellent vehicle access with 25 loading docks guaranteeing an efficient process flow.

"The move to our new platform is a next step in the development of Univeg Bulgaria, allowing us to respond to our customers' needs for more space and steadily increasing quality requirements," says Jaak de Witte, business unit manager for transport and logistics.

Dominic Hamers, country manager at Univeg Bulgaria, added: "Early 2009 we started using new bi-temperature controlled trucks, allowing chilled and frozen transport in a multi-temperature environment. Currently we are implementing an on-line temperature track and tracing system."

The construction of the new, state-of-the-art warehouse and distribution centre is set to reinforce Univeg Bulgaria's position as a leader in retail fresh and frozen distribution, he added.

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