Loading…

Hamburg Süd chief to retire

smetFrank Smet, chief commercial officer of Hamburg Süd, will be going into retirement at the end of March after roughly 27 years with the company. Smet, who has been working in the shipping industry for over 40 years — including in Brazil, Chile, Australia and Hong Kong — has been a member of Hamburg Süd’s management board since 2012. He was initially responsible for network, operations and logistics before assuming responsibility for sales and customer service in 2017.

“When Frank Smet retires, we will be saying goodbye to a shipping man who is highly esteemed worldwide, who knows the business better than almost anyone else, and who has achieved a whole lot for Hamburg Süd,” said Arnt Vespermann, chief executive officer of Hamburg Süd. For example, Smet played a role in several acquisitions and integrations, and he was instrumental in driving forward the rapid growth of the shipping company.

In the future, Vespermann will also be responsible for the customer relations. “Our especially close relations and personal contact with our customers as well as our profound understanding of their business are core characteristics of the Hamburg Süd brand. So I am really looking forward to this important task,” Vespermann said.

Salinas grower-shipper announces acquisition
Hitchcock Farms, Salinas, CA, a premier and innovative grower-shipper has acquired Pfyffer Associates, a grower, packer and shipper of premium Brussels sprouts in Santa Cruz, CA. Pfyffer has been a leading supplier of Brussels sprouts for over 45 years with its well-known Ernie’s Pride and Pfyffer labels. “I see this as a Read More ...
Retailer's efforts generate a big fat zero
As part of its ongoing sustainability efforts and commitment to healing the planet, The Giant Co. announced four additional stores in Pennsylvania have reached zero waste, meaning 90 percent or more of a store’s total waste is being diverted from a landfill or incineration. “When it comes to taking care of the environment there Read More ...
USDA cites California company for $3.8M PACA violations
As a part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on Trinity Fresh Distribution LLC in Sacramento, CA, for failing to meet its contractual obligations to the sellers of Read More ...
Cascades launches a new packaging line
Cascades, a leader in eco-friendly recycling, hygiene and packaging solutions, launched its new range of Cascades Fresh packaging products for fruits and vegetables. Designed for producers, packers and retailers, Cascades Fresh packaging solutions meet the needs of this key industry while also addressing consumers’ Read More ...
$16 million broccoli shipment is mostly meth
U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered $16.1 million worth of alleged methamphetamine within a commercial trailer hauling a shipment of fresh broccoli. “This is a substantial amount of hard narcotics that our officers have detected and seized Read More ...

Market Watch

the source pro-act

Western growing regions getting hit by rain, cooler temps

floral pulse