Panalpina becomes Major Force in the Perishables Market
One of the world’s leading providers of forwarding and logistics services, Switzerland-based Panalpina, are quickly establishing themselves as a Global Player in the fast-growing perishables market.
Since 2015 the Swiss-headquartered company has acquired seven companies specializing in the worldwide export and import of perishables, these acquisitions are part of their long-term vision and strategy to become the preferred global supplier of perishables logistics by 2020. Along with strategic acquisitions, Panalpina also invests locally to develop the business further and support the communities where they operate.
The businesses acquired by Panalpina were either family run or founded by a group of passionate entrepreneurs and have become an integral part of the Panalpina Perishables Network which continues to grow and now spans 26 key countries across the world.
Global Head for Industry Vertical Perishables at Panalpina, Colin Wells said, We are delighted that these companies and their staff have joined the ranks of Panalpina and strengthened our Perishables Network, before Panalpina, these local businesses had built up a solid reputation in their countries, often over decades, and worked hard to become leaders in their markets. By joining Panalpina, they have become part of an even bigger success story on an international level. United, we take fresh produce to almost any part of the globe – serving existing markets and entering new ones, and adding value to supply chains.”
Panalpina will transport over 80,000 tons of flowers, fruits and vegetables through Nairobi by 2020, in turn increasing employment and infrastructure for the local community.
Mr. Wells explained, “Kenya is a great example. We doubled our cold storage space at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in November 2018. The expanded facility is the only one within Nairobi’s airport with dedicated loading bays for skidded or palletized cargo and with separate cold rooms to manage specific temperature requirements for products such as cuttings,”
“Providing a global perspective while enabling sustainable local development, these are fundamental aspects of our vision to become the preferred global supplier of perishables logistics,” concludes Wells.