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Trecoop to present Smart Fresh at Fruit Logistica

Trecoop’s Smart Fresh technology optimises the cold chain.

The latest investments Trecoop has made at its specialist facility in Sudanell, in Catalonia, and its Smart Fresh technology for cold chain optimisation are the main new features that this second-tier Lleida cooperative will be promoting at this edition of Fruit Logistica.

The refrigeration technology – based on the rapid transfer into cold storage of the fruit coming in from the fields so that it is prepared in perfect conditions – allows Trecoop to optimise the cold chain. It is backed up by the dynamic atmosphere chambers for long-term preservation installed by the cooperative at its Montoliu packaging facility, specialising in pears. Despite the bad weather that undermined this year’s harvest by more than 30%, Trecoop considers distant markets such as Brazil consolidated and is now putting together strategies to reach South Africa and the Middle East in the coming campaign.

The cooperative, the product of a merger of the co-ops from Montoliu de Lleida and Sudanell, has doubled its daily production capacity to almost 500 tons after remodelling its packaging centres. The growth in hectares, along with new irrigation works in the area, has helped Trecoop, which has 100 members, go from just over 1,000 ha to 1,500 ha in the last five years.

This progress prompted a restructure of its the work centres, with a view to specialising in the company’s two flagship products: pears, in Montoliu, and both round and flat stone fruit in Sudanell. With one of the largest commercial catalogues of pears (15,000 tons), the main varieties in production include the Conference, Alejandrina, Williams and Limonera.

Trecoop also produces 15,000 tons of stone fruit each season, mainly peaches, nectarines, paraguayos and flat nectarines.

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19th European Cold Chain conference

Over 100 high level professionals representing the temperature controlled supply chain industry including cold storage, transportation, logistics, distribution and construction are expected to attend the 19th European Cold Chain conference in Amsterdam, March 6-8.

The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) will host the 19th European Cold Chain Conference in Amsterdam, March 6-8. Over 100 high level professionals representing the temperature controlled supply chain industry including cold storage, transportation, logistics, distribution and construction are expected to attend. Don’t miss this opportunity to share real-life experiences and challenges with your peers and colleagues from leading companies across Europe and around the world.

Knowledge Transfer: Educational programming will provide you with a better understanding of industry trends, challenges, opportunities, solutions and best practices. The sessions will focus on four topic areas including:

  • Energy & Refrigeration
  • Operational Excellence
  • Administration & Human Resources
  • Innovation & Trends

Educational Programme

The 19th European Cold Chain Conference will focus on cutting-edge solutions and innovative approaches to cold chain management. Leading industry and business experts will share their thoughts, ideas, and solutions through keynote presentations and educational sessions.

Educational programme and presentations

The educational programme is still being finalised but the content will focus on the following key themes:

  • Energy & Refrigeration
  • Operational Excellence
  • Administration & Human Resources
  • Innovation & Trends

Keynote Presentations

  • Customer Keynote Presentation by a Global CPG Group
  • State of the Global Cold Chain
  • How are we reinforcing the global supply chain by building connections between countries and regions? What role do those of us in the room play in helping facilitate those linkages?
  • Customer Keynote Presentation by a European Retailer

Education Sessions

Energy & Refrigeration Track:

  • Blast Freezing Best Practices for the Cold Chain
  • Blast freezing services are provided as well as tempering and frozen. How do we expand the services for blast freezers to maximize investment? What are the different types of blast freezers and how do we use them efficiently?
  • Innovations in Cold Storage Refrigeration – Small Charge Systems
  • What refrigeration types are available and how are they being utilized in the industry? This session will cover small charge systems.
  • Best Practices for Building and Operating Facilities
  • Published by the European Division of the International Association for Cold Storage Construction (IACSC), the guidelines provide contractors and operators with a comprehensive overview of design and installation of insulated envelopes in accordance with the latest UK and European standards.

Operational Excellence Track:

  • Successful Business Models in Europe
  • Compare and contrast of models from several European cold chain companies. What works well, what has been learned and improved upon? Glean insights from top companies facing challenges, like you, in the European market.
  • The New European Frontier: Updates in Developing Markets
  • This panel session will feature a moderator and four panelists; one from each region of Europe (North, East, South, and West).

Administration & Human Resources Track:

  • Trends in Labor, Health & Safety Regulations
  • Panel session of representatives from France, Scandinavia, and Denmark. Worker safety and developing future leaders are important issues for all European countries. What are the trends in health and safety regulations, as well as labor negotiations and union activity?
  • Government Affairs Update
  • What are the relevant regulations and legislation that is impacting the European cold chain industry? What potential solutions and hurdles are on the horizon that European companies should be aware of?
  • Economics for Cold Chain Productivity
  • An economist will address the global economy as it relates to the European and global cold chain, talent, and workforce development.

Innovation & Trends Track:

  • Innovations in Automation
  • Automation is key to development of the European cold chain. Expenses related to labor are significant and increasing. This session will explore the most recent technology in automation.
  • Global Trade & Export Trends
  • Export is growing to other parts of the world despite sanctions in Russia. Thailand is producing poultry and production quality is high. One aspect of the growth is the servicing of expat communities globally.
  • Emerging eCommerce
  • The growth of eCommerce business around the world is a trend to take note of. This session will compare and contrast eCommerce models in some of the world’s’ most popular areas for eCommerce – Europe, China, and Australia.
  • Consumer Consumption Trends

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