AKM Foodstuff Trading has launched AKM Logistics DWC, a 24/7 food products distribution, repacking and storage facility in the Logistics District at Dubai South.
The 7,500 square metre facility caters to the retail, wholesale, and food service sectors within the Middle East, and has a total capacity of 10,000 pallets and 35 work stations that SMEs can utilize until they achieve their own economies of scale.
The facility will enable easier access to the perishables market for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UAE and the wider region, Ajit Kumar Mishra, managing director of AKM Foodstuff Trading, told Arabian Supply Chain.com during a tour of the facility.
The AED 28-million investment follows the set-up of AKM Shipping and Logistics LLC in 2014, and reflects the company’s commercial ambitions to expand its third party logistics (3PL) activities.
AKM Logistics plans to add 50,000 pallet spaces with an investment outlay of AED 100-million by 2020, and will expand into food related value added processing facilities for food importers into GCC.
The new facility in Dubai South provides secured logistical services as well as customs bonded freight forwarding services for faster transit time to target markets.
Clients can also leverage AKM Foodstuff Trading’s local know-how, strong market reputation and expertise in services such as marketing, storage, and delivery of goods for all sizes and volumes, AKM said in a release.
“We pride ourselves in supporting new and exciting ventures and help them off the ground by providing customised storage and logistical solutions,” added Ajit Kumar Mishra, managing director of AKM Foodstuff Trading. “Sound infrastructure and a stable commercial environment are vital to the success of our business and Dubai South has certainly provided the perfect platform for our company to better serve our customers, increase market share and optimise efficiencies.”
Welcoming AKM Logistics, Ahmed Al Ansari, deputy chief operating officer, Dubai South, said: “The business friendly ecosystem of Dubai South provides a solid platform for which companies such as AKM Logistics can use to grow their networks of clients and prospective business partners, and to also connect with important global markets. This will, in turn, benefit SMEs as they enter and navigate the perishable goods market in the UAE and wider GCC region.”
AKM Foodstuff Trading owns the brands Country Greens, Carnival, and Searock. The company’s products range from fish and seafood, meat and poultry to fruits, frozen vegetables and dairy products. In operation for six years, the group has a turnover of AED 70-million and more than 500 wholesale and institutional clients.