About Us

AGRO Merchants Group was founded in January 2013. Along with its financial partner, Oaktree Capital Management, AGRO Merchants currently owns and operates over 7,5 million sq. feet (700,000 sq. meters) of temperature-controlled warehouse and distribution space in the U.S, Austria, Ireland, Spain, Brazil, Chile and the Netherlands.
  • Jan 2013Partners with Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.
    Oaktree Capital Management is a Los Angeles‐based alternative investment firm that manages approximately $80 billion in assets for institutions and individuals. The Funds and their predecessor funds sponsor private debt and equity investments and have a history of acquiring control of attractive companies, partnering with strong management teams, and providing the resources necessary to develop successful businesses.
  • Aug 2013AGRO purchases The Mullica Hill Group
    AGRO’s New Jersey/Philadelphia port‐based portfolio company, Mullica Hill Group, pioneered the standardization and documentation of refrigerated warehousing procedures over 20 years ago, with an emphasis on import/export related product handling. In 1999 the Group became the first refrigerated warehouse to be ISO Certified and with over 40,000 refrigerated and frozen pallet positions, is the largest 3rd party meat import location in the U.S.
  • Dec 2013AGRO purchases Gestíon Frio Algeciras/GFA

    AGRO’s Algeciras, Spain portfolio company, Gestíon de Frio/GFA, is a port-based cross-dock and storage facility with 44,000 cubic feet of space and 3,500 refrigerated pallet positions. The location will serve as a high-growth platform for future expansion of additional refrigerated and frozen storage, handling, trans-shipment, and related value-added service services including repacking for global trade through the high-growth port of Algeciras.
  • Dec 2013AGRO purchases Harthoorn Logistics

    Geographically situated in the center of the Netherlands, 97 kms from the port of Rotterdam, AGRO's Barneveld-based portfolio company boasts 40,000 pallets of refrigerated and frozen storage capacity and provides a wide array of value-added services including storage, handling, repacking, blast freezing, and multi-modal freight forwarding. Largely serving protein-based import and export product handling requirements, key product flows are served across Europe, Africa, Asia, U.S., & South America.
  • Dec 2013AGRO purchases Wiener Kühlhaus

    WKF is the largest cold storage warehouse in Austria, with 40,000 pallets and over 150,000 cubic meters of storage, repack, labeling & distribution, as well as one-stop pet food processing, plate freezing, and distribution. Its strategic geographic location and access to main transportation routes allows it to easily reach high-growth markets throughout Germany, Austria, and much of Eastern Europe. WKF boasts long-term customer relationships with some of the worlds’ largest and most recognized multi-national food brands.
  • Dec 2013AGRO purchases Europe Total Logistics

    Europe Total Logistics provides "one stop" import, export, and multi-modal freight forwarding and transportation services via the Port of Rotterdam. ETL's extensive European transport provider network offers unparalleled quality, speed, and high-touch customer service. Based in "Gateway to Europe", ETL team of professionals with deep industry experience manage your shipments every step of the way into and out of the port - giving you peace of mind for all of your freight forwarding needs.
  • May 2014AGRO purchases Castlecool

    Castlecool is a full-service Irish logistics company that offers a wide range of services to its many valued customers. Whether it is export management, food service order selection, local storage, or complete just-in-time supply chain management, Castlecool has the operational experience and capability to adapt and suit your temperature-controlled storage and distribution requirements within full E.U, BRC, HACCP, and ISO 9001-2000 certified facilities.
  • June 2014AGRO purchases LUCCA

    Lucca Freezer & Cold Storage started as a family-owned business in 1982 when we stored Chilean fruit for a single customer in our Hammonton, NJ warehouse. Our maximum capacity at that time was about 400 pallets. Now, our capabilities have grown exponentially to where we manage hundreds of customers and thousands of products in our state-of-the-art facilities with more than 250,000 sq. feet of space.
  • June 2014AGRO opens Charleston, SC, U.S.

    AGRO Merchants operates a 121,000 square foot temperature-controlled facility in Charleston, South Carolina, USA that provides state- of- the- art storage, handling, USDA meat import and export inspection services, eight 24-hour blast freezing cells and additional value-added services for its import and export customers. The new, leased location offers 14,000 frozen pallet position, is strategically located outside the Port of Charleston, and allows for overweight loads to assist shippers with optimal outbound loading and inbound de-consolidation support for their supply chain needs.
  • Oct 2014AGRO purchases Opticool

    Opticool specializes in the fruit logistics sector where it provides a comprehensive solution offering including: inbound transport, warehousing, inspections, repacking, retail labeling, and other value-added services. Opticool has 19.000 m2 of temperature controlled space located in the Port of Rotterdam and offers a total package of services and solutions from the point of arrival at the Port Terminals in Antwerp and Rotterdam. The Opticool organization consists of three fully integrated companies: Freshlogistics, Freshpacking and Stevedoring. Opticool is HACCP, BRC, IFS, 360 Quality and SKAL certified, and is an official banana weighing station. Opticool is also a NVWA and KCB inspection location and fully AEO certified.
  • Oct 2014AGRO purchases Dean's Services

    Located in the Bay Area just a few miles from the Port of Oakland, Dean’s operates one of the largest refrigerated warehouses in Northern California for frozen, chilled and dry goods and is the largest 3rd party meat import location on the U.S. West Coast. Operating in the overweight corridor, Dean’s has been supporting the temperature-controlled import & export trade in the Port of Oakland for more than forty years, and offers a variety of solutions including: USDA imported meat inspection, loading and unloading of ocean containers and railcars, less-than-truckload, full-truckload, and local port drayage based transportation cold storage and handling, trans-load and cross-docking, and other value added services.
  • Oct 2014AGRO purchases Coldstore Urk & Wibaco

    Coldstores Urk and Wibaco specialize in the fish logistics sector where they provide a comprehensive range of services including: transport, Border Inspection Post (B.I.P.), warehousing, repacking, picking and other value-added services. The Coldstores Urk and Wibaco footprint includes three temperature-controlled facilities with a capacity of 25,000 pallets and the necessary floor space to provide a total package of services and solutions. Coldstores Urk and Wibaco are customs bonded warehouses and accreditations include AEO, ASC, MSC, SKAL, and IFS.
  • Dec 2014AGRO purchases Comfrio Soluções Logísticas

    Founded in 1996, Comfrio Soluções Logísticas, headquartered in Bebedouro, São Paulo, Brazil, offers integrated logistics solutions to its customers, with particular emphasis on its cold chain capabilities. The company, which operates nationwide with warehousing capabilities including frozen, refrigerated, dry storage, and logistics, announced last week its acquisition of Stock Tech Logistica, a leading company that further expands Comfrio’s capabilities and services for its customers.
  • Jan 2015AGRO purchases Icestar

    Founded in 1999 to operate the country's largest and leading provider of comprehensive storage of frozen products Refrigerator. Icestar has a privileged location, from a logistical point of view, ease of access to new urban expressway networks in Santiago and through them to the main centers of distribution and production of Santiago, the road from the North and South of the country, the international road to Argentina, to Santiago Airport and the ports of San Antonio and Valparaiso.
  • April 2015AGRO purchases ADB Cool Company

    ADB Cool Company is a family business that was founded over 80 years ago. ADB Cool company (or in short, ADB) started with the cooling and storage of Westland grapes. Located in the agrarian logistical heart of the southwest of the Netherlands, the Westland region, we are close to the Port of Rotterdam and have modern facilities available for the storage, treatment and logistical handling of perishables.
  • Aug 2015AGRO purchases The Sawyers Group

    The Sawyers Group is based in Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland providing premium chilled and frozen distribution throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe. Over the past 15 years, the group has expanded their service offering to support the food industry, which includes freight forwarding, warehousing, cold storage and value added services like automated crate washing, order picking, etc. The Sawyers Group infrastructure includes a sophisticated transportation fleet and six operating facilities.
  • Oct 2015AGRO purchases Nordic Logistics and Warehousing

    For over 50 years, Nordic has been a major provider of temperature controlled and logistics distribution services in the Southeast of the United States. It is a multi-region cold chain provider composed of 12 facilities, more than 70 million cubic feet and 218,000 pallet positions, delivering dedicated solutions to the ever-changing needs of customers.

About Our Financial Partner

Oaktree Capital Management is a Los Angeles‐based alternative investment firm that manages approximately $80 billion in assets for institutions and individuals. The Funds and their predecessor funds sponsor private debt and equity investments and have a history of acquiring control of attractive companies, partnering with strong management teams, and providing the resources necessary to develop successful businesses. Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. 333 South Grand Ave., 28th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90071