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US (CA): Conference to focus on cold chain challengesThe growth and capacity issues of the global cold chain will be the focus of the first ever Cool Cargoes session at the 2012 Trans Pacific Maritime conference in Long Beach, California on 5th-6th March. The full-day program will feature panel discussions examining the major issues in refrigerated ocean transportation and the cold chain including challenges in importing and exporting food products.
"The world's growing middle class is spending a significant portion of their higher incomes to diversify and improve their diets," said Peter Tirschwell, senior vice president for UBM Global Trade, the parent of The Journal of Commerce, the organizer of the event. "That has translated into record US import shipments of fruits and vegetables."
An opening keynote speech by Ulises Carrillo, vice president of logistics for Dole Food Company, one of the world's largest food shippers, will kick off an in-depth one-day program of speeches and panels. Carrillo will provide an in-depth look at the state of reefer transportation, both from the perspective of a shipper and a carrier; in addition to shipping over 100,000 TEUs of reefer goods each year via ocean container lines, Dole also owns and operates 16 reefer vessels through Dole Fresh Fruit International.
The agenda then turns to the hugely important issue of temperature-controlled ocean service; with the continued contraction of the world's specialized breakbulk reefer fleet and an increasing global demand for fresh fruits and vegetable refrigerated containers are again in great demand. Along with increasing demand, practices such as ultra-slow steaming and a reduction of direct port calls put in place in recent years by container lines make it more challenging for shippers of perishable products to get goods to market with adequate shelf life remaining. Speakers from Maersk, Seatrade USA and Naturipe will discuss the implications of the service changes.
The Cool Cargoes track is organized by long time transport writer and Cool Cargoes magazine editor Stephanie Nall.
Publication date: 2/1/2012
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