According to the recent report “UK cold chain Logistics Market by End user Industry: Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2018–2026,” the UK cold chain logistics market size was valued at £3.5 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach £18.78 billion by 2026.
In an article on fpcfreshtalkdaily.co.uk¸ it is made clear that the meat, fish, and sea food segment dominates the UK cold chain logistics market, closely followed by fruits & vegetables. In addition, the dairy & frozen desserts segment is expected to grow at a significant rate during the forecast period.
Cold chain can be defined as the technology required to maintain a product within a specified low-temperature range from harvest/production to consumption. It is necessary that the refrigeration units used within the cold chain are designed to maintain the temperature within the preferred range and prevent variation in temperature.
Its effectiveness relies on shipments of produce being brought to the required temperature before loading in the reefers, which requires specialised storage and unloading/loading facilities. In addition, maintaining appropriate temperature conditions in the supply chain and monitoring temperature-sensitive products is necessary. The rise in online grocery shopping has resulted in the increased refrigerated warehouses and multiple export industries are dependent on the vital links that the cold chain solutions system provides.