Updated: May 27, 2022 05:40 PM
Created: May 27, 2022 04:07 PM
When the saltie the Nunalik leaves on Saturday, she'll be loaded with 200 containers full of kidney beans grown in the Midwest.
Chippewa Valley Bean is the company sending them out. They are located in Menomonie.
Cindy Brown, their president, said, "This opens the horizon for us to bring our product into Europe. The sky's the limit. We can find warehousing. We can have storage for our customers. We can make sure that our product is there on time for them to meet the needs of the retailers in Europe."
In the past, they've sent their product out using coastal ports or Montreal. But supply chain issues have caused major delays and problems.
So thanks to a lot of partnerships and working together on logistics, they are able to send their beans to Europe through Duluth Cargo Connect.
Brown said beans are a growing market. Europeans use them in salads and side dishes. They'll be canned once they arrive in Europe.
Jeff Foster Trucking brought the containers up from Menomonie.
NEXYST, which was purchased by Realm5, as also a major part of the plan.
Port leaders have been working on securing more maritime container shipping, to compliment their land container shipping capabilities.
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