Refrigerated warehousing and storage company, Lineage Logistics, has announced a new strategic service to provide fresh storage options for major importers, grocers and producers of fresh fruit and produce.
Lineage Fresh will allow products with a short shelf-life to face fewer obstacles, less risk and less spoilage with Lineage’s cold storage technology and logistics network.
Leveraging the company’s expertise as a global temperature-controller provider, Lineage Fresh is designed to cater to businesses in which food safety is critical and speed to market is essential.
Its new value-added services and specialised capabilities include re-pack and bagging services, reconditioning, restacking, restyling, container plugs, multi-temperature zones for produce, cold treatment, fumigation, container drayage and the integration of customs bonded facilities.
“With the launch of Lineage Fresh, we are excited to expand our reach in the fresh produce market, adding dedicated fresh capacity and product expertise to the market, ultimately helping customers capitalise on this growing opportunity,” said Vice President of Business Development, Jim Henderson.
“This offering will leverage our strategic acquisitions of Sun Valley Cold Storage and Kloosterboer, which bring state-of-the-art assets and years of experience to the organisation, as well as our new port facility in Savannah, Ga., to build a more efficient end-to-end supply chain while addressing capacity concerns that have previously impacted the market.”
According to Lineage, the international fresh fruit and vegetable community have been experiencing significant service and capacity issues with their fresh products, which is why the company has made significant investments in the space to meet the demands of the fresh market.
Over the past two years, Lineage has focused on value-added services needed to handle fresh fruits and vegetables, namely fresh food storage, repacking, bagging and transportation.
The company started this venture in 2021 with the acquisition of Kloosterboer Group, which continues to bring a large, long-standing fresh operation to the Lineage network.
In December 2021, Lineage acquired Sun Valley Cold Storage and its facility in Swedesboro, New Jersey, expanding its presence in the US. Lineage is in the process of expanding this facility with 5,000 additional pallets coming online in Q1 2023.
Lineage is also building a new, state-of-the-art refrigerated storage facility at the port of Savannah, Georgia, expected to open in January 2023.The facility will be completely dedicated to fresh produce and will help cut through port congestion to ensure fewer obstacles in maintaining the freshness of produce.