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Grocontinental bought by Agro Merchants

Amsterdam, Netherlands: Agro Merchants Group has bought Grocontinental.

Agro Merchants buys Grocontinental

Agro says that purchse “reinforces Agro’s position as the leading cold storage and logistics provider in the United Kingdom and Ireland, deepens its commodity expertise, and substantially enhances its value-added service offerings for customers”.

David Grocott and Linda Grocott, third generation owners of Grocontinental, will continue to lead the business as joint managing directors.

Grocontinental, established in 1941, has particular expertise in the dairy and meat sectors. It operates from a purpose-built 35-acre site 197,000 pallet warehouse capacity. The business offers cheese cutting, blast freezing, ingredient sorting, de-boxing and reboxing, shrink-wrapping, bar coding, labelling and export packing. Multi-temperature storage is available from -28°C to +12°C.

“This transaction is the culmination of a process that for me began more than three years ago,” said Carlos Rodriguez, chief executive, Agro Merchants Group.

“When we founded Agro in 2013, I quickly identified Grocontinental as the ideal potential partner in England to join our network. This is not just due to its market leading position, high-quality assets, and deep commodity expertise. I was most drawn to the culture and values of the Grocott family, their commitment to the local community, and the long-standing relationships with customers and employees. We could not be more pleased to welcome Linda, David and the entire Grocontinental team to Agro Merchants Group.”

Linda Grocott and David Grocott said: “Joining Agro Merchants Group is great news for Grocontinental. We are very proud of the progression and success we have achieved over the years and now we have an excellent opportunity to take the company into a new and exciting era.

“To move Grocontinental into a larger group is not a decision we have taken lightly. We have been very impressed with Agro’s ambitions, the strength and depth of its structure and expertise; and its respect for our 76-year family- owned business heritage. We are looking forward to being part of the future success of the group and continuing to grow our business at Grocontinental.”

Grocontinental is the third significant investment by Agro in the UK/Ireland, following the 2014 purchase of Castlecool and the 2015 acquisition of the Sawyers Group.

AMG Transport adds a Daf to the fleet

Airdrie, Scotland: Fresh fish transporter AMG Transport has a new Daf XF 530 FTG in its six-vehicle all-Daf fleet.

AMG Transport’s new Daf XF 530 FTG

The XF 530 will be one of two trucks running to Billingsgate on weekdays. AMG also runs fish to Birmingham Market on the same frequency, and Heathrow airport at least twice a week for the export markets.

AMG operates its own refrigerated trailers, supplied by Schmitz and Gray & Adams.

AMG is celebrating 10 years this year and as part of marking the milestone, has opted for a special Jamaica Blue paint finish on the New XF, rather than its normal black. The Daf Super Space Cab was specified with a leather trim package, fridge, microwave and roof mounted air-conditioning pod to give the driver maximum comfort. All were fitted by the local dealer, Imperial Commercials in Cumbernauld which provided the Dafs.

AMG owner Andy McGonnagle says: “I have a very good team here and I want to give them the best trucks for the job. They are all given their own vehicle to drive, no sharing, and they each take a pride in keeping it smart and cared for. It works for all of us.”

Isuzu concept reefer at the India Cold Chain Show

New Delhi: Isuzu Motors India showed an Isuzu D-Max with a box body for cold chain applications at the India Cold Chain Show, Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, this week.

Isuzu D-Max with reefer body by Fruehauf Mahajak for the Indian market

The reefer body by Fruehauf Mahajak on the D-Max uses a ‘sandwich’ process with aluminum and extruded polystyrene ensuring better thermal stability and higher payload.

The D-Max chassis-cab has a 2.5 ltr common rail turbo intercooled diesel engine and is provong popular in Indai the company says.

The cab-chassis variant is an ideal vehicle to build reefer containers for cold-chain transportation, enabling efficient movement of products such as dairy, perishable and pharma products. The cab-chassis variant can also be customized for special purpose applications in the logistics and allied business requirements.

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