The Antwerp coffee trader Efico, one of the main coffee traders in Europe, opened its high tech distribution platform Seabridge for green coffee. The logistic centre constitutes a 30 million euro investment.
This logistic platform in the Zeebrugge inner port receives, samples, blends, dries, sorts and repacks coffee coming from all over the world. Almost all the coffee is supplied in Zeebrugge by rail, mainly coming from the port of Antwerp, where the coffee containers arrive. Efico trades approx. 1 million coffee bags on an annual basis, which equals the Belgian consumption.
Seabridge Zeebrugge is a trend-setting service centre when it comes to safety, traceability, air purity and sustainability. The coffee bags are electronically traceable. The climate conditioning guarantees that the warehouses remain free from bacteria. The forklifts operate electronically. The roof is covered with 4,600 photovoltaic panels.
The distribution centre, which is located on a 10 hectare concession, offers space for 450,000 coffee bags. Seabridge has an option on another 10 hectare.