Chatham, N.J.-based Preferred Freezer Services has opened its first semi-automated, 25,000-square-meter temperature-controlled warehouse in Lingang Park, Shanghai, China. The company’s second facility in China is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2012 in Waigaoqiao while its third facility in the country is under construction in Tianjin.
The company’s new Lingang facility celebrated its grand opening in late November with more than 200 attendees made up of local business leaders from the Shanghai Lingang Administration Committee, Lingang Economic Development Group, Yangshan Customs and Inspection and Quarantine. Also in attendance were numerous customers, vendors and business partners. Preferred Freezer Services, one of the world’s largest public temperature-controlled warehouses, and YiDA Group, one of China’s largest developers of commercial parks and residential communities, have jointly invested in the development of China’s cold chain and logistics industry, according to a news release.
To Preferred Freezer Services, “cold chain” means more than building state-of-the-industry warehouses; it is about raising the standards for refrigerated frozen foods and its distribution, the news release says. The company is committed to creating excellence in food handling safety, especially with China’s growth consumption rate increase to more than $4 trillion by 2020 as researched by Homi Kharas and Geoffrey Gertz from the Wolfensohn Center for Development.
Tim McLellan, managing director of international development at Preferred Freezer Services, says, “The high-quality facility construction, inventory management systems and customer service that we provide in the U.S. is the same high quality that is now available to our customers in China. In addition, Preferred Freezer Services offers a complete logistics solution, having partnered with Sinotrans. Our transportation provider is equally known for the quality of service they provide in the Chinese market today.”
The Lingang Park facility is minutes from the Yangshan port, known today as the largest cargo port in the world. The Yangshan port is expected to handle more than 30 million TEUs of containers annually this year.
Preferred Freezer Services operates in locations throughout the U.S. with facilities in New York/New Jersey, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Vietnam and China.
For information, visit www.preferredfreezer.com.
In the photo at top: Tim McLellan, left, Liu Jiaoping, Sun Yinwan and John J. Galiher celebrate the grand opening of Preferred Freezer Services newest temperature-controlled warehouse in Shanghai, China.