Emergent Cold opens Chile’s largest frozen food warehouse

Temperature-controlled storage and logistics provider, Emergent Cold Latin America, announced it will open the largest frozen food warehouse in Chile.

Located in Talcahuano, a region known for its seafood and fruit export, the facility marks Emergent’s most significant expansion in Latin America.

With storage capacity of 294,000 cubic metres and 37,000 pallets, it is expected to generate 150 direct and approximately 500 indirect jobs, bolstering the local economy and enhancing local cold chain infrastructure.

“We are committed to supporting the Chilean seafood and agriculture industries,” said Emergent’s Managing Director for the Pacific Region, Joaquín Del Campo. “The increase in mackerel quotas and the growth in Coho salmon and IQF fruit production require enhanced capacity for temperature-controlled storage, perfectly aligned with this new facility.”

This is Emergent Cold LatAm’s first completed construction project in Chile, following the acquisition of Friopacífico in 2021 and subsequent acquisitions of Multifrigo and Hook in 2023. The company now operates nine facilities across several key regions, including Valparaíso, Metropolitan, Biobío, and Los Lagos.

“Chile’s importance in the global food supply chain make it an important part of our regional investment strategy,” said Co-Founder and CEO of Emergent Cold LatAm, Neal Rider. “This investment is part of our ongoing efforts to support the growth of the seafood and agriculture industries and other sectors requiring cold storage solutions.”

Emergent Cold is already planning an expansion phase for this new warehouse, which should be completed by early 2025.

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