About Us

Introduction

ABOUT US

Catone Kft. has been present in Hungary since 1995, and is one of the 10 largest Italian companies operating in the country. Our company's headquarters is in Budaörs which deals with the storage, domestic and international transport, distribution and other logistics services of chilled and frozen foods, as part of an international group of companies.

The Catone International Group is one of Italy’s largest logistics companies and a market leader in refrigerated storage.

The history of the company began in 1958. Carlo Catone started his milk collection business in Naples with a single truck. The first major milestone was reached in 1972 when it received regional sales of Parmalat products. He has already performed this task with 5 trucks.

With continuous investments and developments, Catone has grown into an international group of companies, becoming a market-leading service provider. It operates in 3 locations in Italy – Pastorano, Vitulazio, Parma – with a storage capacity of hundreds of thousands of square meters, more than a thousand employees and 300 trucks.

The multi-company group of companies remained family-owned throughout, under the direction of Carlo Catone.

To this day, he runs every company, even at the age of 82. One of her three children is the chief financial officer of the Italian group, the other is the commercial chief of the Italian group, and his son is the professional logistics chief of the Italian group. The grandchildren already play a role in the everyday life of the company: one of them is the manager of the Parma site, and the other manages the Budaörs site.

Operating location

OUR LOCATION

The Catone Group arrived in Hungary in 1995 as a logistics service provider for the dairy company Parmalat. Six years later, he bought the former Hungarofruct site in Budaörs for HUF 1.1 billion. At that time, the 15-hectare area still had more than 40-year-old outdated warehouses.

 

The Catone family decided to systematically develop the site, relocating a significant part of its activities to Hungary. Taking into account the conditions of the site and the ideas and regulations of the local government, the first investment was launched in 2008, worth HUF 1.5 billion: the construction of a 5,600-square-meter, 11,500-pallet and the construction of a freezer warehouse in minus 25 degrees Celsius.

Subsequently, the large commercial tenders also accelerated the pace of investment. In 2011, a new warehouse with a storage capacity of 11,800 square meters, 4,200 pallets refrigerated (plus 4-6 degrees Celsius), 4,600 pallets dry and 4,200 pallets deep-frozen (minus 25 degrees Celsius) was completed, with an investment of HUF 2.1 billion. The completed warehouses were immediately filled with goods, and the infrastructure that met the highest requirements attracted new customers, which further accelerated the pace of investments.

The following development was completed in 2015: a 2,800-square-meter freezer warehouse with a storage capacity of 4,200 pallets, for HUF 0.6 billion. In 2016, another investment followed: a 4,500-square-meter freezer warehouse with a storage capacity of 7,200 pallets, worth HUF 1.3 billion.

The built warehouses were built in a uniform-looking, reinforced concrete building on a “house-in-house” basis, with built-in thermal insulation and state-of-the-art, ultra modern, automatically controlled refrigeration. In parallel with the building investments, the owner also renovated and expanded the site’s own industrial track. As a result, the loading area has been directly connected to the warehouses, which established the possibility of intermodal logistics activities.

Catone Ltd. is committed to environmental protection, so we plan to partially replace road transport with rail transport – our largest customers are also interested in this.

Over the years, the vehicle fleet has also been completely renewed, Catone Kft. purchased 40 new trucks worth HUF 0.9 billion in 2020. We currently carry out domestic and international transport activities with 60 Euro6 category trucks. During the period presented, the company’s headcount and sales doubled, and equity increased from 0.15 billion to 2.9 billion.

Catone Kft. has become the market leader in deep-frozen logistics in Hungary. We will soon arrive at another defining milestone in our 25-year history in Hungary: in order to serve the further needs of our key partners and expand our services, we have planned to build a new cold store. Thanks to the most advanced technology in this warehouse, the goods are now moved completely automatically.

The Budaörs center in numbers

Area: 150,000 square meters

 

Capacity: 36,000 pallets

 

Temperature: between -27 and +18 degrees

 

Társaságunk ISO 9001:2015 és BRC minőségirányítási rendszerrel rendelkezik.