Kloosterboer acquires Columbus Spedition GmbH in Bremerhaven, Germany

Expanding integrated logistics service part of Kloosterboer’s company strategy


Bremerhaven, May  2021 – As per 30 April 2021 Kloosterboer acquired Columbus Spedition GmbH, a leading forwarding company specialized in temperature controlled food logistics located in the fishing port in Bremerhaven.


Leading forwarding company

Columbus organizes the loading, unloading and transport of food containers, the management of import and export, including their pre- and post-transport. Over the past 30 years the selling parties FRoSTA Aktiengesellschaft, Würfel Spedition Beteiligungs-GmbH and SLH Sea Life Harvesting GmbH have developed Columbus into a leading forwarding company specialized in temperature controlled food logistics. Handling over the business to Kloosterboer will transform Columbus to the next level.


Integrated logistics services

According to Mark Ketelaar, Executive Director Port Cold Stores at Kloosterboer, the acquisition of Columbus is a logical step in the strategy to further expand Kloosterboer’s integrated logistics network. Kloosterboer already operates for several years the largest public cold store facility in the Bremerhaven port, in the heart of the German fish processing industry. With the growing cold storage market, there is increasing demand for large, flexible and reliable logistics partners that offer end-to-end solutions. Through the acquisition of Columbus, Kloosterboer will be able to offer its customers these integrated logistics services, which include multimodal freight forwarding, organizing backhaul and customs documentation.


Scalable platform to offer one-stop-shop solutions

By combining the vast experience in the cold storage, the value added services and logistics services Kloosterboer will have a scalable platform to offer our customers one-stop-shop solutions, said  Hinrich Windler, CEO of Columbus Spedition.

About Kloosterboer

The Kloosterboer Group is a family-owned company with 95 years of experience in the handling of temperature controlled food products, such as fish, meat, fruit, fruit juices /-concentrates, dairy and potato products. Kloosterboer develops and provides innovative and sustainable solutions in the supply chain for conditioned food products. Kloosterboer is committed to long-term relationships and wants to make cost savings for its customers and increase the level of service. The company is specialised in warehousing, stevedoring, forwarding, shipping, customs and logistics IT. With over 4,7 million m3 / 700.000 tons storage capacity in The Netherlands, Germany, France, Canada and South Africa, Kloosterboer is one of the leading companies in this sector.