Record-breaking summer temperatures across Europe have meant increased sales of fruit and vegetables in stores; and sales have been aided by customers going on fruit and vegetable diets to help them lose weight and look good on holiday.
Even in Scotland, (traditional meat eaters), a recent report recorded a 3.9% increase in sales of vegetables. Add to this the fashion for detoxing, with a diet based on fruit and vegetables – and the only thing holding back sales in outlets this summer seemed to be availability of the fruit and vegetables.
Availability can give headaches, as getting these highly perishable commodities into the stores in peak condition is a major problem. But to overcome costs and logistics, massive goods trains now crisscross Europe, delivering fresh produce direct from growers; tight cost control during distribution ensures goods can be supplied at lower prices. The giant distribution company’s DB Schenker Rail UK section currently operates three direct international intermodal services – one of which is managed by sister company Transfesa.
According to Jonathan Bailey, International Market Manager for the Logistics Business Segment of DB Schenker Rail UK, the Transfesa service operates times per week between Valencia (Spain) and Dagenham in England, and this is likely to increase to four times per week in the near future. This division of the company also operates five trains per week from Domodossola in Italy (North of Milan) to the UK. Four of ...