Centuria Industrial REIT has announced the acquisition of a modern 9,554sqm cold storage facility in Queensland, occupied by one of the largest privately owned companies in the Australasia food sector.
Texas-based Emergent Cold is moving further into the Australian market with the acquisition of Victoria- based Oxford Cold Storage.
According to a statement released by the company, this acquisition complements the broader Emergent Cold strategy of creating a global network of cold chain businesses and is subject to regulatory approval.
The organisation recently acquired Australian businesses Swire Cold Storage and Montague Cold Storage.
“This is a very exciting time for the Oxford business. The Emergent acquisition provides our staff with increased opportunities and career development. It will also provide for the opportunity to service clients across Emergent’s substantial geographical footprint and to increase our service offerings,” Paul Fleiszig, Oxford’s Operations and Marketing Director said.
“We look forward to welcoming the Oxford Cold Storage team to the Emergent Cold network. Combining Oxford with our platform will further strengthen our offering to the Australian and International market,” Neal Rider, CEO of Emergent Cold said.
Emergent Cold was founded in 2017 with the vision to be the leading global cold chain services partner for its customers. Emergent Cold has grown through a combination of business acquisitions and new greenfield developments and now has a network of 42 cold stores in five countries.
Abhy Maharaj has joined NewCold as global chief commercial officer & chief operating officer as the company eyes growth in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. The appointment will be effective 1 July 2019. Read more
NewCold, a global cold logistics company, has announced that Abhy Maharaj will join the company as its Global Chief Commercial Officer & Chief Operating Officer, effective 1 July 2019. Abhy will be based in Melbourne.
Headquartered in The Netherlands, the company has eight locations in three continents; offers over 800,000 pallet positions and has a team of around 750 employees, recently opening two new facilities in Melbourne, Australia.
In this new role, Abhy Maharaj will work closely with Bram Hage, Founder and Executive Officer, and the Global Management Team of NewCold on the company’s overall strategy and execution and will oversee NewCold’s business planning, marketing, business development and operating efficiency. Abhy will be based in Melbourne, so that he is close to business expansion opportunities in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and China.
“I am pleased to have someone with Abhy’s experience on our leadership team as we accelerate our growth into a fully-fledged multi-national with highly automated supply chain solutions across all key cold-chain growth markets. Abhy will strengthen our commercial disciplines, customer relationships and strategic execution,” Bram Hage, Founder and Executive Office said.
Abhry has more than 20 years’ experience in global corporate management, strategic and commercial development, and creating and implementing high-growth strategies for disruptive technologies and solutions. He previously held senior positions with Air New Zealand and Fonterra Dairy Co-operative.
Texas-based Emergent Cold has announced the acquisition of the Montague Cold Storage facilities in Melbourne.
According to Emergent Gold, this acquisition complements its broader strategy of acquiring and developing a global network of cold chain businesses.
Montagues was founded in 1948, by William (Bill) Montague OAM by purchasing a carting operation that turned the Montague name into a fresh food provider. The first orchard was planted at Narre warren, Victoria in 1950. Innovation continued with the introduction of Controlled Atmosphere storage to Australia in 1967, followed by their first cold storage facility at Allansford in 1989.
“We want to thank all the executives and staff who have contributed to this wonderful business over 60 years. The Montague family and management team will be focussing our energy and future endeavours in the horticultural industry, where there are many exciting opportunities both nationally and internationally,” Ray Montague, Chairman of Montague Group said.
Emergent Cold was founded in 2017 with the vision to build a global cold chain solution for multinational customers. Emergent Cold has grown through a combination of business acquisitions and greenfield developments in emerging and developing markets.
“We are delighted to welcome the Montague Cold Storage team to the Emergent Cold network. Combining Montague’s assets with our national service capability will further strengthen our offering to the Australian and International market,” Neal Rider, CEO of Emergent Cold said.
The temperature-controlled supply chain company that recently purchased Swire Cold Storage, Emergent Cold, has signed a Heads of Agreement with technology company irexchange, to support the next phase of growth for both businesses.
The Agreement outlines a collaboration between Emergent Cold and irexchange that will provide temperature-controlled flow-through distribution-centre transport and fulfilment capability to irexchange, initially within Victoria and then nationally. irexchange is to provide technology and analytical capabilities to facilitate the creation of a next-generation temperature-controlled supply chain capability.
The Agreement with Emergent Cold will support irexchange’s growth into fresh and perishable products and enable irexchange to broaden its customer base.
“We are pleased to partner with irexchange to develop the next generation of supply-chain capability in the temperature-controlled market, especially for smaller independent retailers,” said Greg Holt, Managing Director, Emergent Cold Australia. “There are great synergies between Emergent Cold’s capability and the irexchange platform and technology which we look forward to realising.”
Clive Yoxall, CEO, irexchange, added: “We are continuing to build our efficient world-class network and national footprint. With this agreement, we will deepen our support capabilities across the independent grocery and smaller retailer sectors. Our new relationship with Emergent Cold is a significant and important milestone and we are confident that both our organisations will generate strong and sustained value through the partnership.”
Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) has supplied equipment to new cold storage market entrant, NewCold.
NewCold Melbourne opened its two warehouses in August and September, with 45 leased Toyota and BT forklifts.
Netherlands-based NewCold Advanced Cold Logistics reportedly decided to approach TMHA for its first Australian operations due to its relations with Toyota in Europe.
The 34-metre-high warehouses have a combined 40,800m2 of floor area, storage for over 200,000 pallets, 39 loading docks and operate around the clock.
One is a cold store at minus 23oC, the other a chilled store with two, eight and 11oC environments.
“This makes Toyota our material handling partner of choice, while the comprehensive service offering is unique and cost effective as well,” said Ray Perry, Director – Oceania, NewCold.
“We appreciate that Toyota does not only supply the forklift [equipment] but will also service the equipment as and when we need it.
“Being a logistics and warehouse service provider, Toyota shares common customer values with NewCold. We trust that we will benefit from TMHA’s wealth of knowledge in the industry in Australia to increase our productivity, while staying ahead of our competition.”
Jason Fennell, Corporate Account Manager at TMHA, said local discussions with NewCold began in October 2016 and a decision was made in May 2017.
“We received a request to assist NewCold from our corporate division and worked from there,” he said.
“NewCold uses a variety of suppliers and products in Europe. However, the core business is to be able to pick orders, replenish stock, load and unload required deliveries, and store required long-life stocks on a 24/7 basis.
“This is the company’s first development in Australia, so we are committed to working with them to develop the relationship and ensure we cover all the material handling requirements, as well as making this process easy for the customer.”
The initial equipment roster for NewCold’s Melbourne facilities includes 21 BT electric pallet jacks, 10 Toyota 8-Series FBE18 three-wheel electric forklifts, seven BT RRE140H reach trucks, four Toyota 32-8FG30 internal combustion forklifts, a pair of 32-8FG18 Toyota forklifts, a BT RRE250H reach truck and four battery chargers.
Cold storage service provider Laverton Cold Storage has committed to doubling the size of its recently completed facility located in Truganina in Melbourne’s west, an expansion that will increase the building area of the first-stage development to over 12,000m2.
Laverton Cold Storage completed a 5,920m2 state-of-the-art, temperature-controlled warehouse and blast freezer building in 2015. The expansion, set to be complete in November 2017, will increase its area by 6,520m2.
The expansion will provide additional storage capabilities and expand the facility’s range of temperature-controlled zones for separate product types.
“This most recent expansion highlights our growth and is a testament to the level of service we have been able to provide our existing customer base from our new site,” said Richard Ralph, Managing Director, Laverton Cold Storage. “It has also provided us the opportunity to attract new clients, and we are looking forward to having the fully completed site operational as we amp up for the Christmas period.”
This expansion will focus on environmentally sustainable design, in particular, the use of significant solar power to reduce Laverton Cold Storage’s operating costs and footprint over the term of its lease.
Consultancy firm TM Insight partnered with Laverton Cold Storage in the design and delivery of both stages of developing the purpose-built cold logistics facility.
“The developments have been specifically designed to allow Laverton Cold Storage to offer greater storage capacities in an efficient and optimal manner, while also adhering to the lean principles and cold-chain compliance,” said Nathan Bingham, Director, TM Insight.
“Due to the service Laverton Cold Storage provides, it was also imperative that we focused on sustainable design to ensure operational and energy efficiencies. These cost saving will no doubt provide a competitive advantage.”
Companies leasing warehouse facilities in Victoria may be entitled to a refund from their landlords thanks to a recent decision made by the Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal.
Essentially, the Court held that the lease of premises used to provide cold storage and logistics services was a ‘retail lease’ for the purposes of the Retail Leases Act 2003 (Vic), Hunt & Hunt lawyers has shared.
Hunt & Hunt noted that the decision has practical implications for warehouse operators and freight forwarders, making many entitled to repayment of expenses including land tax and repair costs going back six years.
The Retail Leases Act impacts all aspects of the formation, operation and ending of covered leases. In terms of costs for tenants, landlords are not able to pass on land tax liability or legal costs associated with the preparation of leases, and
landlord are responsible for maintaining premises in the same condition as at the beginning of the lease, this includes equipment, appliances and fittings provided on the premises under the lease.
For the case that brought about the decision, IMCC Group (Australia) Pty Ltd v CB Cold Storage Pty Ltd , the Court had to consider whether a lease of premises used to operate cool storage facilities would be classed as a retail lease.
“The landlord argued it was not due largely to the nature of the services provided and the fact that almost all of the tenant’s customers were businesses,” Hunt & Hunt shared. “The Court of Appeal held that the lease was a retail lease and took the following factors into account: any person could purchase the storage services if the appropriate fee was paid; the tenant’s business was open during normal business hours; and the tenants customers were the actual consumers of the storage service.”
The Court was reportedly not concerned that the premises were acquired for a business purpose.
Hunt & Hunt advises that the criteria for ascertaining whether a warehousing and logistics business’ lease is eligible to be classified as retail will include the rental amount, the size of the premises, whether customers can attend the premises, the hours of operation, the services provided and the permitted use of the premises under the lease.
“Every tenant that provides warehousing and logistics services should have their lease reviewed to determine whether it is potentially a retail lease,” Hunt & Hunt noted. “If it is a retail lease under the law, but the tenant has been paying land tax and maintenance and essential safety maintenance costs, there may be a very strong case to demand repayment of those costs from the landlord.”
Australian food distributor PFD Food Services will soon add a new cold storage and food production facility to its portfolio in western Sydney.
Frasers Property Australia will construct the $70 million, 22,208m2 development on a 60,000m2 plot at its industrial site in Chullora, 15km west of the Sydney CBD.
It is expected to be completed in mid-2018.
PFD also recently commissioned Vaughan Constructions to build a $36 million, 25,500m2 facility on a 74,400m2 site in Knoxfield, 27km east of Melbourne’s CBD.
It will comprise 20,900m2 of refrigerated, ambient and seafood storage, along with 3,000m2 of office space.
Scheduled for completion in late 2017, the development recently hit the halfway mark, and Vaughan Constructions has shared a time-lapse video of the project’s progress.
“Construction of PFD Food Services’ new Knoxfield facility is progressing well,” Andrew Noble, Managing Director, Vaughan Constructions told Logistics & Materials Handling. “Vaughan Constructions is anticipating project completion at the end of September 2017.”