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Lineage bolsters European capabilities

March 9, 2022
Acquisitions of Van Tuyl, H&S Coldstores, and Frigocare Rotterdam boost refrigerated transport, cold-storage capacity in company’s Dutch operations

Lineage Logistics recently acquired Van Tuyl Logistics, H&S Coldstores, and Frigocare Rotterdam BV.

The strategic transactions strengthen Lineage’s portfolio of end-to-end logistics solutions in the European region, and grow Lineage’s presence in the Netherlands by more than 250,000 cubic meters of capacity, the company said.

Financial terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

Based in Gameren, Van Tuyl is a Dutch provider of temperature-controlled logistics that specializes in refrigerated and frozen transport. Van Tuyl employs a modern fleet of 60 trucks and 90 trailers with a self-owned repair station, in addition to warehousing services for 30,000 pallet spaces at different temperatures and a real estate holding division.

“We are pleased to welcome Van Tuyl Logistics into the One Lineage Family as we continue to build momentum and further expand our European operations,” said Harld Peters, senior vice president for Europe at Lineage. “The Netherlands remains a critical hub for the food cold chain within the European market, given its central location and accessibility to key seaports and inland terminals. Accordingly, the addition of Van Tuyl will help Lineage to connect more points across our customers’ extended supply chains.”

Added Richard van Tuijl, general director of Van Tuyl: “We know that Lineage is the right partner for the next stage in our company’s history and in our ambition to reimagine the journey of food. Our end-to-end solutions complement Lineage’s strong and growing presence in Europe, and we are confident that our customers will continue to be well-served as we combine our logistics and cold storage operations.”

Lineage acquired Dutch provider H&S Coldstores and its logistics forwarding business from the H&S Group, Europe’s largest intermodal liquid food operator.

Headquartered in Beneden-Leeuwen, H&S provides end-to-end juice supply chain services, including transport, warehousing, customs, production, processing, laboratory testing, and packaging solutions. The logistics forwarding business from H&S Group also offers a pan-European network of more than 250 privately owned and subcontracted vehicles, as well as more than 1,500 tank units for the liquid foodstuff industry.

In total, this acquisition will add a capacity of 48,000 tonnes (52,911 U.S. tons) to Lineage’s footprint in Europe. The H&S facilities in Elst and Tiel will be moved to a new location in a newly built facility, closer to other existing facilities in Beneden-Leeuwen. This new cold store near the port of Rotterdam will be operational by mid-2022, Lineage said. The new facility complies with the highest LEED/BREEAM status and will make use of solar energy.

“H&S Coldstores is another fantastic example of our continued investment in the Netherlands,” Peters said. “In particular, their differentiated juice-blending services greatly complement our existing capabilities via our recent acquisition of Kloosterboer, and will further diversify our business offering across the cold chain.”

Finally, Frigocare Rotterdam BV is a Dutch company that specializes in handling imports of frozen fish, mainly from the North Atlantic and Asia to the Port of Rotterdam. The facility is located near an existing Lineage facility in the same harbor and will add 15,000 pallet positions in its 20,000-square-meter warehouses to Lineage’s operations in Rotterdam.

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