C.H. Robinson expands produce presence in Europe

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C.H. Robinson Worldwide announced that it has expanded its produce operations by opening a European-based produce sourcing company, C.H. Robinson Sourcing SAS, in Avignon, France.

“This expansion is part of our long-term strategy of establishing a value-added international produce sourcing network,” says Jim Lemke, senior vice president of Minneapolis-based C.H. Robinson. “We are excited about growing our customer base and working with local suppliers. Having a presence in Western Europe allows us to build stronger relationships that provide a more consistent supply of products to our customers around the world. We believe this capability, and our ability to continue to make these strategic investments to enhance our sourcing services, differentiates us from many other providers in the marketplace.”

C.H. Robinson Sourcing will focus on global trading of fresh produce. The company will source French, Italian and Spanish fresh produce products for sale to North America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle Eastern countries. Charles Pantagene, C.H. Robinson Sourcing general manager, who has more than 25 years of industry experience, will manage the company’s operations. Pantagene is joined by Michelle Vieira-Coelha, who has more than 20 years of experience in the produce industry and international trade.

“Charles and Michelle are well equipped to understand our customers’ needs, meet their expectations and deliver high service levels,” Lemke says. “Both have extensive produce industry knowledge and strong grower and receiver relationships.”