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cognizant of that labor component,” Ferguson says. “Demand will continue to increase as the economy maintains strength. We’ve got to find ways to automate the facilities more because of the labor situations that we’re all dealing with.”

Expansion of the Global Supply Chain While investments at ports have historically been low, the globalization of the food supply chain has created increased demand for import and export services. In regards to fresh food imports, “In the last 10 to 15 years, the Fowler says there has been under economy has certainly become a investment there as well. While true global economy, and food is a counter-cyclical growing seasons big driver of that,” says Ferguson. in Southern Europe, Latin America “From an export standpoint, the U.S. is positioned in a fantastic way and Asia-Pacific have made products to help feed the world, thanks to available year-round for U.S. conwhat we do in the Midwest prosumers, he says, “there hasn’t been viding low-cost grain, poultry, pork a whole lot of supporting infrastrucand beef,” he adds. ture at those ports to facilitate the Many cold storage facility operacost-effective flow of goods. tors are now making moves to sup“And when you’re talking about port global trade at key ports across fresh, the clock is always ticking, the United States. MTC Logistics’ so it’s not only being cost new Mobile facility, for example, effective but also being able will enhance the port’s containto support rapid deployment erized operations to reach more and speed to market,” he markets throughout the world. adds. “It forces a different All of the product will transit in on view of infrastructure and containers and will be value-add services processed through APM for things like The Terminals before or after modified atmosphere economy arriving at MTC Logistics, where you can treat has certainly where they will be able become a true the product coming in to blast freeze poultry global economy, to extend shelf life in product coming from and food a safe way.” across the Southeast to In February, is a big Americold made a be exported across the driver of significant investglobe. Americold, whose that.” ment to back the Atlanta headquarters Ernie Ferguson, demand for fresh is situated in the heart vice president of sales and marketing, foods. In conjunction of poultry country, also MTC Logistics with the acquisition sees a need for port of PortFresh Holdinfrastructure to support ings, a temperature-conthe protein exports for the poultry industry coming out of this region to trolled operator servicing fresh produce trade primarforeign markets. ily through the Port of Sa“Companies have really been vannah, Americold plans to left to their own devices in piecing build a 15 million-cubic-foot together sub-optimal supply chains cold storage facility on port to service that international downadjacent land owned by stream demand because there just PortFresh. hasn’t been an investment in those The facility will feature port assets,” says Americold’s Fowler.

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37,000 pallet positions, advanced blast freezing capabilities, and space and infrastructure to support refrigerated-containerized trade. “With this investment, Americold is fulfilling our customers’ requests to expand into this growing market, which provides an efficient and cost-effective solution to meet their import and export needs,” says Fred Boehler, president and chief executive officer of Americold Realty Trust.

MTC Logistics’ headquarters at the Port of Baltimore. MTC Logistics



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Food Logistics is the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global food and beverage supply...

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Food Logistics is the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global food and beverage supply...