Just a few months after the official launch of its Exclusive Partner Programme, Port International is pleased to announce a strong increase in partners, a development which takes its producer and logistics network to a new level.
Known as a pioneer of the industry, Port International has been committed to strong partnerships with producers and service providers for many decades. In addition to its commitment to Fairtrade production and Living Wage projects, the company will increasingly focus on long-term partnerships within the Exclusive Partner Programme, too.
This offers decisive advantages for partners and customers, given that these long-term partnerships aim to increase the planning security and competitiveness of all participants. Participating producers can produce in a more targeted and sustainable way and in addition benefit from Port International’s strong distribution network. They also have the opportunity of financial support and can plan and implement innovations as well as sustainability and marketing initiatives together with Port International. This in turn benefits the food retailers who, through the Exclusive Partner Programme, are offered a reliable and innovative range of premium products and an efficient flow of information from field to POS at the same time.
André Lüling, Managing Director of Port International European Sourcing and Port International Fruit GmbH, emphasises, “We are very pleased that we have been able to win so many great producers as Exclusive Partner Farms already. The long-term cooperation between traders and producers is essential for a sustainable future.” Among the currently ten exclusive partners of Port International is the Ecuadorian banana producer BananaGoldCorp, which grows organic bananas on more than 645 hectares of land. The exclusive partnership with Port International has enabled the company to significantly improve its position in the market. “It was important for our company and our banana suppliers to have an exclusive partner who allows us to grow as an exporter and gives us high credibility in the market,” says Pedro Morales, Managing Director of BananaGoldCorp. Thanks to their common goal of making the industry more sustainable, the two companies also work closely together when it comes to implementing sustainability initiatives such as converting the farms to solar energy and optimising water consumption.
Another exclusive partner is the Brazilian producer GVS Fruit Company. The company dedicates 180 of the more than 1,000 hectares of land to the cultivation of seedless grapes, which are distributed by Port International. The location of the cultivation fields in the north-east of Brazil offers various advantages for production. On the one hand, the location is of strategic advantage as it enables fast and reliable transport of fresh fruit to anywhere in the world. On the other hand, the proximity to the São Francisco river ensures a sufficient water supply for the farms in an otherwise rather dry region, ensuring a more sustainable production than is possible in many other southern growing areas.
The packing station Larkia Kft. is also part of the Port International partner network. As an exclusive service partner, the Hungarian packing station offers the ideal location for the fruit importer’s international goods traffic and ensures reliable and short delivery routes, especially for customers in Eastern Europe. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the packing station ensures high performance throughout the year and a sustainable energy consumption to boot.
About Port International GmbH
In 1875, the Port family founded the company T. Port, laying the foundation for today’s corporate group. As a fruit importer with international locations, Port International supplies wholesalers and supermarket chains worldwide with fresh fruit and vegetables from all continents. Port is one of the market leaders for organic and Fairtrade products in Europe and launched BE CLIMATE, the first brand for climate-neutral fruit and vegetables, in 2019. At the end of 2021, the company was awarded the Sustainability Heroes Award in the category “Carbon Footprint”.
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