Friopuerto Veracruz to open Gulf of Mexico’s first coldstore
By the second half of January 2015, Friopuerto Veracruz facilities are expected to start operations. It’s the first installation of its kind inside a port within the Gulf of Mexico. In a first phase it will have 2,500 sqm built with a storage capacity of 22,000 cbm for around 3,500 tons of frozen and chilled product.
A joint effort by Grupo Inversor Veracruzano (Griver) and Spain’s Grupo Romeu, Friopuerto Veracruz is willing to satisfy a growing demand for temperature-controlled handling and storage in Mexico’s Atlantic coast. For instance, until now there is no other coldstore facility in the ports of Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Tuxpan or Altamira.
Friopuerto Veracruz, with an investment of over 85 million Mexican pesos (5.5 million USD), has a frozen chamber operating at -21ºC, a chamber operating at positive cold for chilled products and a bi-temperature one. The loading area is equipped with 7 docks for unloading, loading and cross-docking activities.
An important advantage for Friopuerto Veracruz’s customers is that the facility will be an authorized SENASA inspection point for foodstuffs of both animal (PVIZI) and vegetal (PIIMSV) origins for both exports and imports.
The infrastructure is expected to have over 30 operations per day. Since it’s locate within a 20,000 sqm plot operated by Griver, it has significant room for expansion over the next few years.