ALLHC opens Sto. Tomas cold storage facility

AyalaLand Logistics Holdings Corporation (ALLHC) has recently opened its latest facility, ALogis Artico Santo Tomas within the Light Industry & Science Park III in Sto. Tomas, Batangas.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, the firm said this marks ALLHC’s first cold storage facility constructed from the ground up, distinguishing itself from the company's previous acquisitions.

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The 5,000-pallet position ALogis Artico Santo Tomas in Santo Tomas, Batangas is ALLHC’s fourth cold storage facility

Adding 5,000 pallet positions to ALLHC’s existing cold storage portfolio, ALogis Artico Santo Tomas now bolsters the company's capability to 15,300 pallet positions across four facilities. 

Equipped with 16 cold rooms featuring temperatures ranging from 5°C to -25°C and powered by renewable energy, the facility underscores ALLHC’s steadfast dedication to sustainable practices.

ALLHC said ALogis Artico Santo Tomas conveniently addresses the surging demand for cold storage solutions in the South Luzon region. 

Its proximity to Manila via the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR Tollway) ensures accessibility, while the Batangas Port being just an hour’s drive away ensures efficient transportation of goods.

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L-R: ALLHC Chief Operating Officer Patrick C. Avila, ALI-CMG Head Darwin L. Salipsip, NMIS Region 4A Director Dr. Fernando N. Lontoc, ALI President & Chief Executive Officer and ALLHC Chairman Anna Ma. Margarita B. Dy, Cold Chain Association of the Philippines President Anthony S. Dizon, ALLHC President and Chief Executive Officer Robert S. Lao, ALI Head of Strategy and Transformation Pauline Clarisse K. Feria-Darre, Bureau of Plant Industry Food Safety Officer/Inspector Julie Ann Aragones, BOI Supervising Investment Specialist Aileen P. Macapagal, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Officer-in-Charge Fish Inspection Unit Sherry Mae Defiño

“We also aim to help address issues of food safety and security, and to support the country’s growing cold chain sector and its supply chain logistics,” said ALLHC President and CEO Robert S. Lao.

The company is looking forward to its latest development further energizing the city of Santo Tomas, and the whole of Batangas.

To ensure adherence to regulatory standards, the facility will be registered with key authorities including the BOI (Board of Investments), NMIS (National Meat Inspection Service), BFAR (Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources), and BPI (Bureau of Plant Industry). 

Catering to clients from frozen meat, seafood, chemical industries, and beyond, ALogis Artico Santo Tomas is poised to become a key asset in the supply chain ecosystem.

“We, at NMIS, support the establishment of this kind of facility that can follow standard. I believe the more we have accredited cold storages, the more sources we have of safe meat. This is our aspiration for the protection of the meat-consuming public,” said National Meat Inspection Service Director (Region 4A) Dr. Fernando N. Lontoc.

Board of Investments Supervising Investments Specialist Aileen P. Macapagal noted that, “Food security is a top priority for the government, and the Board of Investments recognizes cold storage facilities as vital investments. 

“These projects not only secure food for Filipino families but also generate jobs, having a transformative impact on our economy and national profile,” said Macapagal.

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Ayala Land, Inc. President and CEO and ALLHC Chairman of Anna Ma. Margarita B. Dy 

Ayala Land, Inc. President and CEO and ALLHC Chairman of Anna Ma. Margarita B. Dy said “Using the strength of Ayala Land’s strategically located landbank and financial stability, we aim to be a major player in the cold storage space. 

“As a relatively new player in the market, our intention is to achieve consistent double-digit growth for this business line in the next 5 years.”

As the company continues to expand its footprint in the cold storage sector, it remains steadfast in its commitment to contributing meaningfully to food security and supply chain efficiency, aligning with broader national priorities. 

“The team has high aspirations on what we can do to be a major player in the industry, and in the process, contribute to the country’s goals of food security, and hopefully, also to bring down food prices as we improve distribution all around the country,” Dy said.