Global restaurant supplier Axionlog has selected the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) as the port of choice to ship all of its U.S. manufactured exports bound for Latin America. Argentina-based Axionlog is a full-service logistics provider that consolidates and manages the transportation of restaurant supplies, including food, flatware, and paper and plastic products for some of the world’s largest fast food chains.
Axionlog recently broke ground on a new $15 million refrigerated and dry storage facility near the port’s Blount Island Marine Terminal. Scheduled to open by early 2021, the 38,000-square-foot facility is expected to expand to 100,000 square feet and create 60 jobs within five years. The distribution center will be used to consolidate, sort and store products to be exported through JAXPORT.
In addition to exports, the company also has plans to begin importing products through JAXPORT for domestic distribution by 2022.
Axionlog uses advanced technology, including live cargo tracking, to plan, implement and control the door-to-door logistics processes for more than 30 restaurants in eight countries including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, Peru, and more.
“In the restaurant industry, supply chain efficiency and dependability are a must,” said Axionlog Chief Operating Officer Alvaro Carretero. “Jacksonville provides the location, connections and services we need to provide on-time delivery for the customers who depend on us to get their product where it needs to go quickly and efficiently."
“We are thrilled to have Jacksonville be the home base for Axionlog’s new distribution center,” said JAXPORT CEO Eric Green. “JAXPORT offers tremendous advantages for time-sensitive cargo, including freedom of movement in the shipping channel and competitive truck turn times, to facilitate the efficiency that today’s industry demands.”
Jacksonville is Florida’s No. 1 container port by volume, offering worldwide cargo service aboard the world’s major shipping alliances with direct service to Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, the Caribbean and other key markets.
JAXPORT offers fast access to three major interstates and 40 daily train departures from three Class I railroads, Norfolk Southern, CSX, and Florida East Coast Railway.