Published: Jun 17, 2014
Source: Saudi Gazette


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Almarai signs port deals to buy feed from abroad

Almarai, the world’s largest vertically integrated dairy company in the world, officially signed two agreements with Ports Development Company (PDC), the developer and operator of the King Abdullah Economic city in Rabigh, to invest in the development of infrastructure and logistics operations to aid in the import of cattle and poultry feed from abroad.

The first agreement provides Almarai with a non-exclusive license to the pier use, according to their needs. It also allows Almarai to invest in the development of berths, building cranes, and unloading equipment appropriate to the size of its import. The second agreement, which is effective November 2014, permits Almarai to purchase and develop 35,000 square feet of the port in order to build grain silos which will aid Almarai to preserve the various feeds and crops they plan on importing, as well as develop an infrastructure that will facilitate the transportation of the feed and crops to and from the silos.

The signing of the agreements will serve in the development of strategies that will enable consistent sustainability, as well as aiding in logistical support, all of which will be crucial in ensuring the flow of supply chain in addition to increasing the number of access points. 

Almarai is the first dairy company within the Kingdom that aims to obtain all of its cattle and poultry feed from outside KSA, facilitated by Almarai’s investment in both North and South American suppliers that abide by Almarai’s highest standards.

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