Flagler Global Logistics, formerly South Florida Logistics Services, announced that its South Florida Logistics Center has received US Department of Agriculture (USDA) approval for a revolutionary treatment process for fruits, vegetables, and other perishable items.
The new technology allows for better management of the cold chain to extend produce shelf life and quality, while the Miami-based entry point of the South Florida Logistics Center decreases the amount of time the products are in transport.
Industry reports cite nearly $35 billion of perishable foods are wasted annually, with nearly half of those losses due to temperature changes experienced in-transit between the grower and the grocer. Flagler’s new USDA-approved treatment process stabilizes the cold chain integrity by exposing fruits and vegetables to a more uniform temperature, vastly improving the quality of the products.
Additionally, the new treatment’s filtration system makes the process more environmentally friendly.
“This new technology is a game changer for exporters looking to bring their produce to supermarket shelves in the United States,” said Chris Scott, president and chief executive officer of Flagler. “With this cold chain infrastructure in place at the South Florida Logistics Center, our partners have a new gateway to the Southeast that allows them to get their product to market more quickly—adding at least a week or more to the product’s shelf life. It’s a true competitive advantage, aiding our economy’s growth while saving exporters and grocers time and money.”
The South Florida Logistics Center officially opened for business in October 2013. Located adjacent to the Miami International Airport, the 200-acre intermodal logistics complex offers world-class cargo handling including unprecedented multimodal transportation access, Foreign Trade Zone advantages, and refrigerated cargo options.
This center’s first building, a 170,000-square-foot facility, is now fully operational including 60,000 square feet of refrigerated space.
With more than two million square feet of Class-A warehouse and distribution space at full build out, the South Florida Logistics Center offers flexible space options with existing space from 12,000 to 275,000 square feet and build-to-suit space. The Center also offers access to all major highways, including Interstate 95, I-75, the Florida Turnpike, US 41, and US 27. For more information, go to www.sflcmia.com.
Headquartered in Coral Gables FL, Flagler is a wholly owned subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries Inc. For more details, access www.flaglergl.com.