New rail connection for fresh produce

Valencia, Spain: Euro Pool System, which provides logistics services and re-usable packaging for fresh produce, has launched CoolRail, a new temperature-controlled rail service.

The train will transport mainly fresh produce between Valencia and Rotterdam three times a week. The project is supported by parties from the retail, logistics and fruit and vegetable sectors.

Gerjo Scheringa, chief executive of Euro Pool Group, points out that CoolRail can yield significant CO2 savings. CoolRail will be used to transport 42 containers to the Netherlands and back in a single day – a round-way that is repeated three times a week and 48 weeks per year.

“After extensive preparations and the first pilot trial, we will now be taking a major step towards the dramatic reduction of our carbon footprint when it comes to transporting fresh produce,” says Scheringa.

The rail connection with Valencia is the first branch of the new network. The partners aim to expand and establish new CoolRail connections with Germany, Scandinavia and the UK.

Euro Pool System is working with the following partners: Shuttlewise, Bakker Barendrecht/Albert Heijn, Visbeen, Kloosterboer, DailyFresh, EasyFresh, Primaflor, Bollo, Agroiris, Fruveg, TobSine, Pozo Sur and Samskip.

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