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  • Cold Chains in the Developing World: Catch-Up and Leapfrog

    Cold chain capacity in the major developing economies is inadequate by any measure. In China, 12 million tonnes of fruit and 130 million tonnes of vegetables are damaged each year at an estimated cost of $20 billion – which is perhaps unsurprising since only 5% is transported by cold chain, compared to 90% in the UK. In India, where less than 4% of the 104 million tonnes of fresh produce transported each year goes by cold chain, the value lost to wastage is $13 billion.

  • Startup trials autonomous delivery robots in Greenwich

    Estonian robotics startup Starship Technologies secures permission to trial self-driving delivery robots in Greenwich, south-east London. Starship Technologies, a supplier of autonomous robotics technology, has secured permission from Greenwich Council to trial self-driving delivery robots. The Estonia-based startup –  set up by two of Skype’s co-founders, Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis – has just opened a London office in the area.

  • Amazon Ties Up With Morrisons To Offer Customers Fresh Food

    Online retailer Amazon is poised to enter the British fresh food market after agreeing a supply deal with supermarket Morrisons. Morrisons said that the deal would allow Amazon Prime Now and Amazon Pantry customers access to Morrisons ambient, fresh and frozen products in the “coming months”. Amazon Pantry was launched in the UK last year but did not offer fresh food.

  • Temperature Control: A Critical Food Safety Element

    A critical element of food safety is maintaining proper temperatures from the field to the fork. In practical terms, this means keeping produce cold enough to inhibit pathogen growth or spoilage from the time it leaves the farm or orchard until it’s in the customer’s possession. It also means cooking certain foods at high enough temperatures for long enough to be safe and maintaining prepared, ready-to-eat (RTE) foods at the proper temperatures (and keeping frozen foods cold enough to remain tha...

  • The seafood capacity crunch

    Which comes first, capacity or market? Is air cargo capacity put in place to serve an existing need, or by becoming available can it create a whole new type of demand? Colin MacDonald, chairman ofClearwater Seafoods Inc, clearly thinks the latter is the case in his home market of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

  • Transnet costs box lines $4m as fruit shippers charter conventional reefers

    South Africa’s embattled fruit exporters have made good on their promise to look at alternatives to container shipping services affected by wind problems at Cape Town Container Terminal, and will transfer some volumes to conventional reefer ships later this year. A group of 14 major exporters including Capespan, Dole, and Asda-owned International Procurement & Logistics, have contracted with shipowner NYKCool to charter four conventional reefer vessels to coincide with the beginning of the p...

  • Singapore’s Changi Airport seeks growth with gold: Tuna

    Along with many other airports around the world, Changi Airport is looking to perishables, pharmaceuticals and high value goods such as gold to boost volumes, hoping that rising wealth in Asia will contribute to this goal.  In the first quarter, volumes fell 2.2%, but the airport is hoping to attract more cargo through its Coolport facility, while Dnata’s new perishables centre will open later this year. It has already seen a rise in seafood transhipment, from Indonesia to Japan, while it e...

  • Russian demand drives Argentina fruit export growth

    The production and sale of Argentinian fruits and vegetables is beginning to rebound after a year in which the sector's problems continued to deepen; loss of competitiveness due to rising costs and lower demand, especially internationally because of the global economic crisis. According to a report by consultancy IES, the first quarter of 2013 yielded results that show an improvement, for starters, in the quantities produced. As for the harvest, the data show a 3.8% rise in fruits, driven by the...

  • Can pharma save South Africa’s air freight business ?

    Perishable volumes shipped by air in South Africa have shrivelled as rising costs, competition from other carriers – and African countries – have harmed the trade. Ronel Rossouw, national sales manager for South African Airlines, told the Cool Logistics conference in Cape Town last month that “the business is dying”. “We are getting more money moving perishables between Johannesburg and Cape Town that we do to London these days,” she said.

  • Stormy weather ahead for perishable shippers as capacity crunch looms

    Is there a new supply chain bottleneck looming in perishable maritime trades? As the longstanding lack of investment in conventional reefer capacity shows no sign of changing, and container carriers appear to have placed an unofficial moratorium on reefer box investment until their $1,000-plus per container general rate increase has become widely accepted throughout global markets, there is the growing possibility that shippers could find capacity increasingly scarce. In an irony that will not b...

  • How to stop the rot in our obsolete cold chains

    During 2011-12, India produced about 127 million tonnes of milk, but the country has an estimated 70,000-80,000 tonnes of proper milk storage capacity. In 2011, India’s vegetables output was about 147 million tonnes, accounting for nearly 11 per cent of the world’s vegetable production. But here also the available cold chain capacity, a key requirement to stem wastage and enhance quality, is hardly 9 million tonnes.

  • Will the reefer trade go bananas over new design for larger-capacity vessels?

    A new conventional reefer ship design, potentially offering considerably higher loading capacity and far quicker port loading times, has been launched, targeting the banana trade between Latin America and Europe. The design – the result of the co-operation between veteran industry executive Birger Lindberg Skov, managing director of Reefer Intel, and one of the world’s largest ro-ro vessel operators, Stena – brings to the reefer trade the quarter stern ramp loading system often used in the ro-ro...

  • Demand for perishables to double in four years

    Fruit and veg are becoming increasingly tasty components of the air cargo business. A global surge in demand for premium perishable foodstuffs, including cherries, strawberries and blueberries, as well as fresh salmon and live lobsters – particularly from China – is helping fill freighters and aircraft bellies.  Forwarders and carriers now see ‘high value’ perishables as a prime business, as demand for such premium products increases around the world. Former Delta Air Lines’ cargo chief Nee...

  • IATA Time & Temperature Sensitive Label Mandatory by 1 July 2012

    Background Today the air cargo industry is using the IATA Perishable Cargo Regulations (PCR) as the essential reference guide for all parties involved in the packaging and handling of perishables for air transportation. Chapter 17 “Air Transport Logistics for Time and Temperature Sensitive Healthcare Products” in the PCR specifically addresses the temperature control management issues identified by the industry.  This Chapter provides the requirements for the transportation of time and temp...

  • SHIFTING BALANCES - The effect of demographics and inefficiencies on Logistics

    Overall global demographic developments have a big impact on economics and therefore on trade and transport flows. This will bring opportunities mainly for emerging economies and challenges for mature economies, especially for Europe, where the population is aging.  DEMOGRAPHICS Food sustainability By 2050 there will be more than 9 billion people on this planet. Taken into account the current and future economic shift where emerging economies will mature and therefore global wealth will inc...

  • Lufthansa Cargo opens new center for temperature-controlled freight in Frankfurt

    Cargo carrier steps up investment in business with temperature-sensitive freight Lufthansa Cargo began operations today at its new facility for temperature-sensitive freight in Frankfurt. The Lufthansa Cargo Cool Center was built in the space of just six months. It is equipped with four cool storage rooms for four different temperature ranges as well as a deep-freezer cell on an area of 4,500 square metres.

  • GROWING GREEN - Sustainability in the Food Chain

    We did it! Last month – November 2011 – planet Earth’s population increased to over 7 billion people. A stunning figure, considering – in a historic time span - the “short” time it has taken to get from 1 million to that 7 billion.

  • India Missing Cool Chain

    The Cool Chain Industry in India, despite Governmental initiatives and intervention, is at a nascent stage. The Government has announced a slew of fiscal initiatives, including Capital gap funding and excise (VAT) exemptions on Capital goods such as Air-conditioning and Conveyor Belts, in an attempt to attract investments and modernise this Infrastructure sub-sector. For the Fiscal year ending 31st March, 2011, the Government has accorded approval for 107 Cold Storage facilities, with an aggrega...

  • Sustainability and Security of the Global Food Supply Chain

    The overall conclusion of this report by Dutch Rabobank is that the current global food system is on an unsustainable track, which poses a threat to long-term global food security. The global food system needs to be transformed in order to secure the long-term food supply.  The pathway is variable, might be radical and coordinated action at many levels by multiple partners is needed in order to establish the conditions required to move global growth of food supply towards a more sustainable...

  • Can India be the Food Basket for the World ?

    Because of lack of cold chain infrastructure and also a food processing industry about 20 per cent of all foods produced in India (Rs. 500 b) are wasted.  India can become the food supplier of the world. It has the cultivable land, all the seasons for production of all varieties of fruits and vegetables, an agribusiness system that works although it needs to be vastly improved.

  • Save Food!

    An interesting study conducted for the International Congress on Global food losses and food waste.

  • Industry Update: Air Cargo and the Cool Chain

    There have been many ups and downs in the air cargo industry over the past two years, but there’s one trend that appears to be here to stay: the continued growth of cold chain cargo. There are several types of products that require cold chain or temperature-sensitive shipping, including perishables such as flowers and food. The biggest cold chain growth, however, is coming from the healthcare industry.

  • Spotlight On: Into the Vineyards

    “From Field to Fork”  CCA workshop2010 at Hotel vineyards, Cape Town, South Africa By Kerstin Belgardt, Secretary The CCA is proud to report that the workshop2010 “from field to fork” was concluded after two days intensive working in groups and high quality discussions of the audience. The industry relevant companies of the South African cool supply chain gathered to listen to the decision maker of CCG Cool Chain Group, Capespan, Maersk, NYKCool and many others. “We had a lot of business kn...