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All aboard the SS Rotterdam for Cool Logistics 2020!

All aboard the SS Rotterdam for Cool Logistics 2020!

 

The 12th Cool Logistics Global Conference and Exhibition will take place on-board the iconic SS Rotterdam in Rotterdam from 13 – 15 October 2020. The leading global event and networking forum for logistics, shipping and supply chain professionals focused on perishable cargoes offers an opportunity to hear from market-leading organisations on the hot topics, trends and issues impacting the industry, as well as debate and discuss the latest industry intelligence and identify solutions to problems in the current climate.

In 2019, the 1st Cool Logistics Global ‘Innovation in Perishable Logistics’ Award was launched to recognise and reward contributions from organisations adding value to the cold supply chain through their innovations. This inaugural Award was presented to Omnia Management.  The criteria for the 2nd Award will be announced soon and the winner will receive the Award during the event on-board the SS Rotterdam.

Rachael White, director of Cool Logistics Global, said, “At the 12th year Cool Logistics Global, we will continue the conversation about global developments in the perishables logistics and supply chain industry.  We will debate and discuss the new trends in technology, e-commerce and food trade around the world and their impact on the perishable cargoes, reefer shipping, port operations and more.”

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Climate targets spark innovation to meet cooling demand

A major increase in cooling demand is colliding with the European Union’s ambitious climate and energy strategy which sets strict targets to achieve by 2030. Among them are the need to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% on 1990 levels and increase energy efficiency by at least 27%.

A major increase in cooling demand is colliding with the European Union’s ambitious climate and energy strategy which sets strict targets to achieve by 2030. Among them are the need to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% on 1990 levels and increase energy efficiency by at least 27%.

Moreover, the EU is entering a new phase in fluorinated gases (F-gases) regulation in which the availability of one group of them, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), will be cut 79% by 2030.

Current uses of HFCs include as a refrigerant in cooling systems, but they are known to act as a greenhouse gas, contributing to global warming. The overall package of EU measures will force the cold chain to focus on the issue of emissions and develop alternatives with less environmental impact.

When it comes to refrigerants, ammonia is one such alternative. “The use of ammonia (NH3) – a naturally occurring refrigerant with zero ozone depletion and global warming potential – offers a wide range of benefits. It is future proof as it will not be phased out by new legislation and offers higher efficiencies than HFCs,” said Aiden Perks, business development manager (South East UK) for Star Refrigeration.

The company has developed low charge ammonia packaged systems which require only a fraction of the refrigerant charge associated with traditional refrigeration systems. The systems are not only more efficient than HFC options, they also have a lower life cycle cost, pose zero risk to employees and the new units cost less than conventional ammonia installations.

Another innovation in the cold chain is the use of liquid air or liquid nitrogen. Dearman Engine Company – which is developing novel zero-emission technology to provide cooling and power – is working on an innovative novel piston engine powered by liquid air or liquid nitrogen. The only exhaust is cold air.

Liquid air or nitrogen is boiled to provide a high pressure gas that is used to fuel transportation vehicles. During the process, cooling is created which is harnessed to cool the load of the vehicle. The process of liquefaction is a very trusted one, said Dearman’s global ambassador Tim Fox. It is over 100 years old and present in every industrialised nation. Moreover, the distribution and storage technology and infrastructure are mature.

The use of the Dearman technology offers abundant benefits – zero-emission at the point of use, reduced noise, lower fuel costs and reduced CO2 emissions, to name but a few. On-road commercial trials will begin shortly.

So although it looks like a lot is hitting the cold chain sector – a huge increase in demand and many new regulations – there are also many innovative solutions helping propel the sector towards a bright future.

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Top image: European Commission: 2030 Energy Strategy

 

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Global Cold Chain Expo in Chicago a big success

The event attracted more than 165 exhibitors and 15,000 decision-makers from throughout the supply chain.

The Global Cold Chain Expo, held for the first time in Chicago last 20-22 June, was the one’stop shop for innovation, education and business-to-business networking for the global food industry cold chain.

Organised by the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), the event attracted more than 165 exhibitors and 15,000 key decision makers from retail, foodservice, processing, production, distribution, logistics and transportation. The attendees represented frozen, refrigerated, ambient and fresh operations, while the educational conference brought together innovators and experts with senior management and rising managers from all sectors of the industry.

As a partnership between GCCA and United Fresh, the GCCE was co-located with FMI Connect, the International Floriculture Expo, and the United Fresh Show. For the first time, the GCCE gave the perfect opportunity to spotlight the cold chain industry and its role as a critical component in feeding the world’s ever-growing population, all while maintaining food safety and quality between farmers and consumers.

Top 25 cold store operators handle 85% of the capacity

According to Corey Rosenbusch, GCCA president and CEO, the top 25 cold store operators represent about 85% of the storage capacity in the US, while another 300 operators take up the remaining 15%. Among the fastest’growing groups is Agro-Merchants, which has acquired 19 independent family businesses around the world over the last 3 years. Its total capacity comes to 219 million square feet.

Overall occupancy of cold stores around the world reached 83% in 2015, which is considered by GCCA to be quite high. Quizzed during the panel session of the conference about where the growing opportunities are, Rosenbusch considers the immense potential demand outside US such as China, despite local traditional facilities having a cost of just 30% of modern facilities. “80% of global growth in cold storage is outside the US,” said Rosenbusch. Indeed, 44% of US cold chain operators have operations outside the US and are slowly growing.

Panama Canal open since 26 June

According to a joint study by The Boston Consulting Group and CH Robinson, about 10%-15% of the traffic in produce shipments is due to move from the west coast to the east coast in the years up to 2020. West coast ports will still handle more traffic than they do today, but their market share will likely fall. A battleground representing 15% of GDP will be in play between the west coast and east coast ports, from New Orleans in the south to Chicago in the north.

Stable growth in the rest of the world

According to Manuel Cabrera-Kábana, GCCA board member and director of Friopuerto, the other continents are facing slow but stable growth in cold storage and transport activities. “Europe is mainly renovating its cold store facilities for more efficiency, due to high energy and labour costs,” Cabrera said.

Poland is a particular case where we shall see more consolidation, since there is over-capacity and high fragmentation among the operators. “In Africa, we see growth in more stable countries like Morocco and Senegal, while in Algeria a new financial programme is being applied to incentivize business.”

Cabrera confirms growth with Latin America, both on the east and west coast, since a lot of fruit and protein is coming from those countries. “Mexico is still investing in more capacity, but not exporting as much as they could,” says Cabrera. He concludes that a free trade agreement between Europe and the US would have a big impact on perishable trade, since milk, meat and poultry markets are still protected.

Asia’s big potential: the case of the Philippines

The Asia trade agreement in place within 26 countries will help to fuel growth in the Asian region. Anthony Dizon, president of CCAP and Kolstor Centre Philippines, confirms the tremendous potential in the Philippines, which has 8% annual growth in its cold store capacities. Ongoing projects come to 20,000 tons.

The population has a projection of 108 million by 2020, due to annual growth of 1.8%. The GDP has one of the highest growth rates in South East Asia: around 6%. Frozen items like beef have big growth potential, since its per capita consumption is just 5 kg, compared to 25 kg for chicken. Nonetheless, the complexity of operations limits automation and flexibility, when more than 7,000 different temperature-controlled items are distributed in the country.

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2nd Cool Logistics Asia conference takes place September 7

In September, the 2nd edition of Cool Logistics Asia will revisit perishable trade and cold chain developments in China and assess how the slowing down of one of the world’s leading food markets is affecting perishable trade patterns across the region.

Conveniently co-located with the Asia Fruit Logistica 2016 Exhibition, the 2nd edition of Cool Logistics Asia will revisit perishable trade and cold chain developments in China and assess how the slowing down of one of the world’s leading food markets is affecting perishable trade patterns across the region.

How Southeast Asian markets will react and how external factors will affect demand for fruit and vegetable handling, transport and logistics services are among issues to be addressed at the event, being held in Hong Kong on September 7.

Investment prospects for Asia’s temperature-controlled transport and distribution, port infrastructure access and how to improve liner shipping reliability across the region will also be among key topics.

Cool Logistics Asia is designed as a regional event to complement Cool Logistics Global in Europe and other regional events such as Cool Logistics Africa and Cool Logistics Americas. The Cool Logistics Conferences have become an internationally recognised platform for connecting perishable logistics and cold chain experts with producers and shippers of commodities that require temperature control.

For more information: http://coollogisticsresources.com/asia/

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Don’t miss the new Global Cold Chain Expo

A one-stop-shop for all cold chain needs, the inaugural Global Cold Chain Expo takes place from June 20-22  in Chicago.

A one-stop-shop for all cold chain needs, the inaugural Global Cold Chain Expo takes place from June 20-22  in Chicago.

Created in partnership with the Global Cold Chain Alliance and the United Fresh Produce Association, this event boasts 25,000 square feet of trade show space featuring hundreds of exhibitors from every sector of the cold chain, including material handling, warehousing, construction, supply chain/logistics solutions and transportation providers.

Hosted at the McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago, Illinois, the Global Cold Chain Expo will will put a focus on the all the products, services, technologies, companies, and employees that unite to ensure perishable products safely reach consumers around the world.  

Co-located with FMI Connect, the International Floriculture Expo, and United Fresh 2016, the Global Cold Chain Expo is expected to attract more than 15,000 key decision makers from retail, foodservice, processing, production, distribution, logistics, and transportation. Attendees will represent frozen, refrigerated, ambient and fresh operations.

“Increasingly, the fresh produce industry is being challenged to compete with locally grown, short haul fruits and vegetables that are picked closer to ripeness,” said Tom Stenzel, president & CEO of the United Fresh Produce Association.

“We believe the only way we can enhance quality control in our supply chain is a deep dive into the cold chain and technologies that bring our growers, packers and wholesalers closer to the consumer,” he said.

For industry suppliers, the Global Cold Chain Expo provides a competitive advantage by building brand awareness, expanding audience penetration to all global buyers of temperature-controlled transportation and facilities, and connecting suppliers to key decision makers. Their products and services will be on the world’s largest stage in the cold chain industry.

Early bird rates for the Global Cold Chain Expo are available through May 2, 2016. For more information visit: www.globalcoldchainexpo.org

 

 

 

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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

Learn more at http://www.gcca.org/19th-european-cold-chain-conference/