FROM SOURCE TO BASKET
Mr Joseph Argiridis, Managing Director of a. hartrodt Singapore speaks about the specialised services offered by his company’s food & beverage logistics division
Acountry with little farming land and limited fishing grounds, Singapore depends heavily on food imports to meet the needs of its population of over 5 million – in fact, more than 90% of the country’s food supplies come from overseas, especially from neighbouring countries. In addition, to the local population, there is also a large expatriate community here, who is constantly on the lookout for more niche food items, such as artisanal cheeses, organic vegetables, luxury chocolates, fine wines, and more.
To meet the growing demand for more gourmet food products, more businesses have diversified and ventured into the gourmet grocery business, offering an array of globally-sourced products such as artisanal jams and wines from Provence, cask-aged vinegars, craft beers, premium tea leaves, organic baby formula, and more – all directly from source.
While gourmet food products are now more easily accessible as compared to many years ago - thanks to these gourmet grocers - have you wondered how these food supplies, which originate from far-flung countries such as France, United States of America, Switzerland, and Argentina, are imported fresh into Singapore?
This is made possible with the help of logistics companies, such as a.hartrodt – a company that offers a wide range of services in all areas of transport and logistics. Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, a.hartrodt, which was founded in 1887, offers a worldwide network covering more than 80 countries, ensuring the ideal solution for their clients, encompassing the factors of speed, quality, reliability and cost-effectiveness within a single common denominator.
In this feature, Mr Joseph Argiridis, Managing Director of a. hartrodt Singapore speaks about his company’s specialised food & beverage logistics division, which was established in 2005 to meet the demands for F&B imports. Can you share with us some of the services that your company’s food & beverage logistics division offer?
Temperature-sensitive goods are transported by air freight with dry ice, or special air freight containers called Envirotainers. Envirotainers are available with most airlines, or can be rented via food & beverage logistics. Depending on the type, goods with a weight from 1,000 to 5,000 kg can be loaded. Envirotainers are thermostatically operated by batteries with dry ice as the coolant. There are also battery-driven air conditioning systems available as an alternative.
Dry ice is universally utilised. Its advantage in contrast to frozen water is that it changes from solid to gaseous aggregate state without moisture formation.
Optimal transport by sea freight is driven by the specific demands of each and every product. We offer our clients with a choice between containers of food grade standard, or temperature-controlled chilled containers. In addition, our comprehensive consolidation service offers the best service for our clients’ requirements: one in which the cost-saving factor is always significant.
Originally designed for the wine industry, we now offer this service for virtually all products. All transport is carried out, where required, in temperature-controlled vehicles. Fully air-conditioned warehouses in France (Burgundy, Bordeaux, Fos, Le Havre and in the Champagne region), as well as other important locations, ensure that our clients’ goods are stored in the perfect environment. Tight security completes our package of service in this sector. What sets a. hartrodt apart from other logistics company?
We are dedicated to the business, so much so that we formed a subsidiary company more than 10 years ago to provide clients dedicated services for the F&B industry. As food and beverage products present logistics companies with very special demands, we have a dedicated team that handles only all the F&B clients. This team looks into all the shipment arrangements, documentation, custom clearance, permits, warehouse logistics etc. – this way, our clients can rest assured that their products are in good hands. In addition, our team is well adept at giving clients advice on how the packaging should be done and how the procedures are – we really act as a service and solutions provider.
Most importantly, the employees at a. hartrodt are dedicated – they are good at what they do and they love what they do. People with passion can do things well. How does a. hartrodt ensure that food products with a short shelf life, such as cheeses and yoghurt are delivered fresh to Singapore?
We are able to offer our customers with individual solutions for their special needs. For temperature-sensitive goods, we would pack them in carton boxes with Styrofoam layer insulation to protect the goods from temperature fluctuations, and then we’ll stuff these carton boxes with our own green gel ice packs to maintain the temperature constantly. Thereafter, the cartons will be palletised, and we’ll seal them with thermal blankets and shrink wrap to ensure the pallets are fully protected from external elements such as temperature fluctuations and dirt – these thermal blankets also provide additional protection against damage and reduce possible damage from damp. After security measures, the cargo will be loaded on the next available plane. a.hartrodt (S) Logistics Pte Ltd 20 Science Park Road Singapore 117674 Tel: 65/6464-5601 www.hartrodt.com