LATAM Cargo Group recently opened in Guarulhos, Brazil, its $3.5 million perishable hub, a controlled-temperature cooler facility that will protect the quality and freshness of perishable products while en route to other destinations in South America, North America and Europe.
The company has gained recognition for its expertise transporting fresh products, which account for 45% of all goods carried during a year. In this context, Guarulhos occupies a place of relevance because 85% of all cargo connecting is perishable. This, together with the strategic decision to position Guarulhos as the Group’s main hub, explains the reasons behind the company’s decision to make the multi-million dollar investments.
The facility occupies an area of 1,637 sq m, of which 50% are equipped with variable temperature cooling chambers that offer refrigeration ranges of 0 to 2 °C and 2 to 12 °C for storage and re-palletising. The system also gives the option of raising the temperature of any of the chambers up to 22 °C. Thanks to the new perishable hub, the LATAM Group has increased its perishable storage capacity at Guarulhos by 33%.
“Our new cooler is a clear example of our commitment to be strategic partners for our customers. We know Latin America is a major producer and exporter of perishables, and that its economic development largely depends on the international recognition of the quality of its products. Faced with this reality, and as the leader in air transportation in the region, we took on the challenge of providing excellence in service and execution, and investing in leading-edge infrastructure to protect the freshness of the products carried, with the high standards our value proposal is well known for,” commented Andrés Bianchi, CEO of the LATAM Cargo Group.