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Lineage Logistics buys European cold chain supplier

Kloosterboer Group, an independent temperature-controlled storage, logistics service provider


June 9, 2021
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Lineage Logistics, LLC, has reached an agreement to acquire Kloosterboer Group, an independent temperature-controlled storage, logistics service provider in Europe. The transaction is subject to regulatory clearance and completion of the employee consultation process.

Kloosterboer has 11 facilities across the Netherlands, France, Germany, Canada and South Africa, totaling 6.4 million cubic metres of capacity and 790,000 pallet positions and employing over 900 team members.

A family-owned company with a legacy as a vegetable trading company dating back to 1925, Kloosterboer has grown over generations to become one of Europe’s best-known supply chain solutions companies. The Kloosterboer family will continue to be involved in the future of the company, choosing to become investors in Lineage and rolling a part of their sale proceeds into Lineage equity.

“Welcoming Kloosterboer into the Lineage family marks a monumental step toward achieving our vision to become the world’s most dynamic temperature-controlled logistics company with the capability to serve customers in different countries around the world,” said Mike McClendon, Lineage’s president of international operations and EVP of network optimization.

“Kloosterboer’s strong entrepreneurial culture and management team, combined with their state-of-the-art, strategically located facility network perfectly complement Lineage’s international footprint and innovative spirit, which will deliver incredible value to our combined customers.”

Kloosterboer is recognized by BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) as a frontrunner in sustainable cold store operations. Kloosterboer’s network includes nearly 18,000 solar panels, four wind turbines that power operations such as heavy lift equipment, and an annual reduction of CO2 equaling consumption of over 4,100 households.

“Kloosterboer has long focused on providing innovative and sustainable solutions, and we see great alignment with Lineage’s commitment to both the customer and the environment,” said the Kloosterboer family members.

“We have known the founders of Lineage since 2014 and are confident Lineage is the right partner to help continue to serve our customers’ end-to-end logistical needs and accelerate the growth of Kloosterboer’s best-in-class capabilities. We are excited for a bright future full of opportunities for our team.”