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Australia: Agro Merchants buys Doboy Cold Stores

Atlanta, Georgia, US: Agro Merchants has bought Brisbane-based Doboy Cold Stores.

Doboy, a family owned firm, operates two sites near the Port of Brisbane and maintains a diverse product mix that includes meats, seafood, fruit, nuts and bakery items.

David O’Brien, managing director, Doboy will continue in his current role with Agro Merchants.

The Doboy acquisition continues Agro’s global growth strategy and represents an important entry into the Asia Pacific region. Brisbane is Australia’s largest export port of processed meat products, capturing approximately 60% of all processed beef shipments. It also represents an important geographic point in the region, as the largest competing ports in Sydney and Townsville are more than 500 miles away.

The Port of Brisbane is well served by all major shipping lines offering services to ports in Japan, Korea, USA, China, and other key beef markets. There is significant investment currently underway to further improve port infrastructure.

“Doboy is a natural match for Agro’s business,” said Neal Rider, chief executive, Agro Merchants Group.

“Their focus on the Australian beef industry will contribute to our global network and point-to-point trade strategy. Philadelphia, PA, which is an important location for us, is the largest destination port for Australian frozen and chilled meat imports into the US. We also receive large volumes of Australian meat through four other port locations in the U.S. The opportunity to expand Doboy’s operations on adjacent owned land is attractive.”

Fowler Welch brands trailers for Care after Combat

Spalding, Lincolnshire, UK: Fowler Welch has joined forces with the charity Care after Combat.

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Fowler Welch has joined forces with the charity Care after Combat

The charity aims to help ex-service men and women to integrate back into civilian life, after they have left the military.

Care after Combat’s mission is to support veterans with alcohol and substance misuse.

A project involving the Road Haulage Association and Microlise is called ‘Road to Logistics’. This aims to address the national driver shortage, and will provide suitable Care after Combat veterans with the opportunity for a ‘second chance’ within the industry.

Fowler Welch is helping the campaign by branding five of its trailers that will be traveling around the country.

Care after Combat celebrity trustees Simon Weston and Katherine Jenkins are trying to raise awareness about the charity. The charity is urging anyone who sees the trailers with a photo of Simon Weston on them, to take a photo and tweet it to @CareafterCombat with the hash tag #WheresSimon.

Adam Jones heads new sales team at Marshall

Adam Jones: heads new sales team at Marshall Fleet Solutions

Adam Jones: heads new sales team at Marshall Fleet Solutions

Cambridge, UK: Adam Jones has been promoted to head a new sales team at Marshall Fleet Solutions.

Jones takles over a newly created position of head of account management (sales) within the new unit sales team.

Jones rejoined Marshall Fleet Solutions in June 2015 and was key account manager prior to the promotion. He previously worked for Marshall Fleet Solutions for 10 years prior to a 12 year stint as irector at Climate Control Solutions until 2015.

The sales team covers Thermo King transport refrigeration systems and new tail lift sales.

“Adam has a proven background in the commercial vehicle industry, with a strong understanding of the Marshall philosophy and structure,” said George Ralph, managing director, Marshall Fleet Solutions.

“This in-depth knowledge will enable Adam to ensure that our customers benefit from a clear understanding of our expertise and strengths as the leading independent provider of transport refrigeration and tail lift services in the UK.”

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