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Scaling Up: RSA Cold Chain Initiates Advanced Regional Distribution Centre with Groundbreaking Ceremony

RSA Cold Chain, a joint venture between UAE-based RSA Global and US publicly listed Americold, a known provider of innovative cold chain solutions, celebrated a significant milestone with the groundbreaking ceremony for its Advanced Regional Distribution Centre. The ceremony, held at Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, on May 06, 2024, marked the beginning of construction for RSA Cold Chain's flagship facility, showcasing its commitment to excellence and innovation in the cold chain logistics industry.
(From Left to right, Brent Melvin – General Manager of RSA Cold Chain, Richard Abboud - Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer (CSTO), Group AMANA, Abhishek Shah - Co-founder and Group CEO of RSA Global, Abdulla Bin Damithan - CEO and Managing Director of DP World GCC, Ajay I. Shah – Co-Founder and Chairman, RSA Global  Richard Winnall - President, International Americold, Abdulla Al Hashmi - COO, Parks & Zones - DP World, UAE Region)

Attended by leaders from RSA Global, Americold, DP World and Group AMANA, the groundbreaking ceremony marks the commencement of the construction of a new state-of-the-art facility equipped with 8 chambers and a total pallet capacity of 40,000 positions. This facility is strategically designed to cater to the local market’s supply chain fulfilment and distribution needs through a bonded area and is set to provide advanced inventory holding for Middle East distribution via bonded tax-free economic freezone. The also facility offers seamless logistics solutions by moving inventory within its premises from bonded to non-bonded without delays or costs, setting a new benchmark in the cold chain industry.

This Advanced Regional Distribution Centre, built in collaboration with Group Amana, offers full temperature control down to -25 ℃, a convenient location inside Jebel Ali Free Zone, has easy access to the main roadways and state-of-the-art technology for efficient and reliable operations, and sustainable features including solar panels for energy production.

What sets RSA Cold Chain apart is its strategic partnership with Americold, a partnership that connects their global customers, and global best practices to the regional market. This collaboration allows RSA Cold Chain to offer its customers unique value propositions, such as labeling, packaging, and other value-added services, in a tax-free and efficient location. This is part of a solution that combines local knowledge and international standards to deliver advanced integrated cold chain solutions.

Abhishek Shah, Co-founder and Group CEO of RSA Global, emphasized the start of a new journey towards progress and transformation. Stating, ‘RSA Cold Chain is dedicated to ushering in a new era of innovation and progress in the cold chain industry across the UAE and the wider Middle East region. Our focus is on providing reliable and efficient solutions that cater to the evolving needs of our customers. Through our collaboration with Americold and DP World, we are confident that this transformative initiative will bring about constructive change with a lasting impact.’

Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO and Managing Director of DP World GCC said: ‘DP World is committed to strengthening the resilience of the global food supply chain. Through our partnerships with Americold and RSA, our global logistics solutions, and cutting-edge cold storage, together we are building a better food system that will reduce waste, lower costs, and increase efficiencies.’

Richard Winnall, President, International Americold said, ‘Americold is very proud to partner with RSA to bolster our UAE and Middle East capabilities, aiding our global customers in accessing this region with the most advanced and efficient temperature-controlled logistics services. This new facility, along with the support of DP World, marks a huge milestone for us all.’

As RSA Cold Chain embarks on its expansion journey it remains steadfast in its mission to revolutionize the cold chain industry. With a network capacity increase to 70,600 pallet positions for future expansions, it ensures long-term scalability and flexibility for its customers. Stay tuned for more updates as RSA Cold Chain continues to redefine cold chain logistics in the region.

About Americold

Americold is the world’s largest publicly traded REIT focused on the ownership, operation, acquisition, and development of temperature-controlled warehouses. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Americold owns and/or operates 242 temperature-controlled warehouses, with approximately 1.4 billion refrigerated cubic feet of storage, in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and South America. Americold’s facilities are an integral component of the supply chain connecting food producers, processors, distributors, and retailers to consumers.

About RSA Cold Chain

RSA Cold Chain is a HACCP and ISO 22000 certified cold storage arm of RSA Global, a digital supply chain and e-commerce logistics specialist providing global e-commerce companies with seamless access to the booming regional markets of the Middle East, North Africa, and India.

RSA Cold Chain is dedicated to providing reliable end-to-end cold & frozen 3PL solutions to meet the growing demand of the food industry in the UAE and the MENA especially as the surge in population and food consumption has been brought to the region.

Since it started its operations in 2017, RSA Cold Chain has received numerous awards and recognition for its sophisticated infrastructure and operational design serving sectors from packaged food, fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products, and frozen foods. www.rsa.global.
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