One year after being listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB), Aquila, the market leader of integrated distribution, logistics and transport solutions in FMCG, announces during the Investor’s Day that it reached storage capacities of over 124,000 pallets, and the fleet exceeds 1,600 vehicles, which allow the sale of a wide range of products, from ambient to frozen ones.
Aquila provides national and regional coverage and owns a logistics network of 24 facilities that cover all types of temperature: ambient, with a capacity of over 90,000 pallets, refrigerated, with more than 8,000 pallets, and frozen, with a capacity of approximately 20,000 pallets, according to the company’s announcement, issued during the Investor’s Day.
Thus, Aquila addresses all sales channels – modern retail, traditional retail, HoReCa, gas stations and travel retail – and reaches over 67,000 points of sale – the equivalent of more than 90% of the market.
„One year after the listing, we stay to course and present a stable business, with ambitious plans, correctly calibrated to the current macroeconomic context. We’ve had an accelerated growth over the last three years and maintain our rapid evolution targets through the next five years, with a goal of doubling the 2021 EBITDA through organic growth and acquisitions. We rely on quality in all our points of contact and accelerate our investments in projects that will make us more efficient, strengthen our results and, essentially, reduce our footprint on the environment,” said Jean Dumitrescu, Investor Relations Director, Aquila.
The logistics platform in Dragomirești alone, host of the Investor’s Day, has a total capacity of over 43,000 pallets, of which: ambient – over 33,000 pallets, refrigerated – over 1,900 pallets and frozen – over 7,600 pallets. Covering all types of temperature, the platform has the advantage of positioning, which allows easy access both to delivery routes in the country, to the logistics platforms of international retail chains, or to our own regional warehouses, as well as for direct delivery in the southern area of Romania, region with a significant share of the company’s sales.
In addition, the company reported a 39% increase in turnover for the own brands segment – Gradena and LaMasă – and 21% in volume, in the first nine months of the year, compared to the similar period in 2021.
The LaMasă – ready meals, line, a brand that currently has 14 items, is gradually available in new, specially designed packaging, starting July, and the products can also be found in Retail, starting from the fourth quarter of this year.
The Gradena brand – frozen fruits and vegetables, including mixes – has, in its turn, expanded with 12 new products this year, including five new vegetable mixes for HoReCa and three fruit mixes for Retail. Starting with the third quarter, Gradena also launched an innovative series of four frozen dips – including Guacamole, from frozen vegetables mixes, which anticipate the needs of users and cover new consumption occasions, for a consolidated positioning of the brand in several segments, as well as better visibility.
The products sold by Aquila represent established brands, from different categories: personal care products – Rexona, Dove; sweets – Kinder, Raffaello, Snickers or Mars; coffee – Lavazza; cleaning products – Dero, Cif or Cocolino; or pet food – Whiskas or Pedigree.