SEA-invest plans to set up fruit terminal in India

Leading fruit terminal operator, SEA-invest NV, is planning to set up a facility with an automated warehouse and cold storage near a port in Mumbai or Kolkata.

It is toying with the idea of setting up the facility in partnership with a local firm, said a BusinessLine report, adding that this will enable the company to tap the huge potential in a market where fruits and vegetables worth thousands of crores go waste every year due to inadequate storage infrastructure.

The Ghent, Belgium-based group, the report said, handles over 5.5-million tonnes (mt) of fruits from its terminals located in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Ivory Coast and South Africa. Of this, 1.5 mt is handled at the Antwerp terminal, its largest.

“We are the largest fruit terminal in the world; nobody handles more fruit than us,” Johan Claes, the General Director who heads the fruit unit of SEA-invest, was quoted as saying in the report.

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