Rhenus launches temperature-controlled perishable handling facility at London-Heathrow

Steven Aitken, Managing Director of Rhenus Air & Ocean

Rhenus has unveiled an investment in a temperature-controlled perishables facility for the handling of fresh products at the company’s London Heathrow base.

Replete with security and storage capability, the launch forms part of a strategy to provide customers with enhanced perishables logistics solutions.

The temperature-regulated perishables handling facility will streamline operations for Rhenus customers by minimising handling and complexity, preserving the integrity of the cold chain and enhancing supply chain control.

Rhenus is also incorporating security measures into its operations, augmenting its screening capabilities in line with Department for Transport (DfT) and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) standards and requirements.

The combination of dual view X-ray and a CEIAS EMIS 130200 Electromagnetic Inspection Scanner will enable security screenings of a maximum of 30 pallets per hour, inspecting non-metallic cargo shipments.

This includes all perishable products, such as flowers, paper, plastics and wood products, further ensuring the safety and integrity of the transported goods.

George Mead, Head of Rhenus Fresh, UK, said: “This investment expands our unique selling proposition (USP), appealing to a wider range of customers seeking temperature control for various products, such as flowers, meats, dairy, fruits & vegetables, and fish.

“Additionally, we are equipped to transport items with a slightly prolonged shelf life, requiring storage and subsequent export, including segmented ocean shipments.”

Steven Aitken, Managing Director of Rhenus Air & Ocean, added, “Our dedication to innovation and exceeding customer expectations forms the foundation of our services.

“Alongside our cutting-edge security protocols, this strategic initiative solidifies our position as a top-tier provider in temperature-controlled logistics.”