1974 – Commodity Forwarders, Inc. incorporated by Alfred Kuehlewind as a one-man office in Los Angeles, specializing in perishable products; primarily strawberries to Europe by air.
1981 – The Hilo, HI, office opened to handle flowers and perishable products from the Big Island. Offices in Honolulu, Maui, Lihue and Kona later opened to handle everything from papayas, pineapples and flowers to nuts, seeds and fish as we began providing refrigerated distribution throughout the islands, a service that CFI is well-known for in the Hawaiian market today.
1988 – The San Francisco, CA, office was opened to service the farms in Salinas/Watsonville and North Central Valleys along with distribution to San Francisco and Central California retail distribution centers.
1998 – Miami opened, allowing improved access to Florida’s consumer markets. Miami also allowed for gateway service to and from Latin America to the rest of the USA. CFI Miami assists exporters of Florida products and provides transshipment services to Asia and Europe from Latin America.
2003 – Facilities in Anchorage, AK, and Seattle, WA, opened to better serve perishable markets to and from the Pacific Northwest.
2007 – The New York office opened to tap into a new business segment consisting of trade shows, exhibitions and work for US consulates and embassies overseas.
2012 – The Chicago office opened with a focus on proteins and frozen commodities.
2015 – The Boston office opened with a focus on seafood across the eastern seaboard.
2017 – Commodity Forwarders becomes part of the K+N family of companies.
Present day – Our agent relationships in the mid-Atlantic, Gulf and southeastern United States in cities such as Washington, DC, Atlanta, Dallas and Houston allow Commodity Forwarders to handle customized temperature sensitive cargo programs nationwide.
Relationships with logistic providers in Europe, Middle East, South Pacific and Asia allow us to work on door-to-door programs when requested and better understand the changes in worldwide commerce. Commodity Forwarders has remained focused on maintaining relationships with financially secure logistics market leaders that have a perishable and time sensitive sense of urgency not just as their mission statement, but in performance as well.