Modal shift in agriculture – Spanish oranges on the train

The fruit and vegetable giant SanLucar has made its choice for rail transport. From now on, it will use the train to bring its products from Spain to Germany and it does so with the express refrigerated rail service of Transfesa Logistics. It is a great leap forward for the company, which has proactively encouraged the transport of fruits and vegetables by rail.

The service was set up specifically for the fruit and vegetable company. In this initial phase, Transfesa Logistics manages the shipment of a container of fresh products a week from Valencia to Cologne in a 48-hour journey. After this first stage, the objective is to progressively increase the load, depending on the results.

Modal shift in agriculture

Transfesa is particularly enthousiastic about the new customer, as it could mean “the beginning of a relevant modal change in the logistics of the agri-food sector”. SanLucar is one of the largest wholesale distributors in the world. The group, with more than 3,200 employees from 30 nations, sells around 610,000 kilogrammes of 90 varieties of fruits and vegetables every day from 35 producing countries on five continents.

SanLucar says to be firmly committed to sustainability. With the express train, the company wants to contribute as much as possible to reduce the carbon footprint and design an ecological logistics chain, free of emissions.

Guaranteeing freshness

As stated by the transport manager Jasmin Hiesberger: “Our mission at SanLucar is to provide fruit and vegetables in the most optimal way, guaranteeing freshness and flavor at all times. One of our main commitments is to maintain the maximum quality of the product upon arrival at its destination, following our philosophy of flavor in harmony with people and nature”.

On his part, the manager of large accounts of Transfesa Logistics, Pedro Ramos, has expressed his satisfaction with the launch of this new service: “We are delighted that large companies such as SanLucar are getting on the train every day. This is very positive news for the rail transport of fresh goods to key countries such as Germany, one of the group’s largest markets.”

SanLucar oranges

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of RailFreight.com, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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