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Big Banana for London Gateway

[ October 19, 2020   //   ]

Banana importer Compagnie Fruitière UK has taken occupation of a 69,718 sq ft ripening facility at DP World London Gateway. It will replace its existing operation in Dartford and is expected to be fully operational by 2021.

Compagnie Fruitière managing director Keith Sadler, said: “The port centric location, combined with the use of technology to deliver efficiency and to enhance freshness, will further strengthen our supply chain and Compagnie Fruitière’s reputation for excellent quality and service with its customers.”

DP World London Gateway park development director Oliver Treneman, added that it would further consolidate London Gateway’s position for imported temperature controlled and frozen produce: “It further demonstrates the supply chain efficiencies to be derived from locating a warehouse operation in a logistics park adjacent to the most technologically advanced port in the UK – a semi-automated port possessing the capacity to handle refrigerated cargo traffic on an unmatched scale. Needless, to say attracting another shipping line customer as warehouse operator at the Park is a significant additional win for London Gateway.

“Proximity to the largest market in the UK by population, London and the South-East not only reduces stem mileage and emissions, but also results in helping to mitigate cost pressure. We believe it to be altogether a more sustainable business strategy over the long term.”

The warehouse has received both a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating and an ‘A’ EPC rating. 

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