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Performance Team plans new cold chain facility in Wilmington, NC

Performance Team has announced a new cold storage facility in Wilmington, North Carolina opening in Q3 2023 to serve imports and exports. Site selection-wise, the facility…

Wilco Hendriks, BCS Coldstore & Logistics, about new branch in Kenya:

"Food waste and safety are huge challenges"

In 2016, BCS Coldstore & Logistics' Wilco Hendriks decided to take the leap from the Netherlands to Kenya to set up a cold store: BCS Kenya Ltd (BCSK). "The main difference between there and Europe is that Kenya doesn't yet have many dedicated laws and regulations regarding refrigeration and the cold…

Lineage Logistics officially opens fully automated Cool Port II

On Wednesday, November 23, Lineage Logistics officially took its Cool Port II in the Port of Rotterdam into use. With a ceremonial push of a button and in the presence of staff and business partners, Harld Peters, Mark Ketelaar (both Lineage), Rob Scholte (Lamb Weston Meijer), and Frederik Zevenbergen (Province of South…

Kashmir apple farmers panic because of overproduction, lack of cold storage and tanking prices

The bumper harvest of apples this year in the Kashmir Valley should have brought a lot of cheer among the apple farmers there but instead, they are considering it one of their…

Lineage opens new fully automated cool port II cold storage facility in Port of Rotterdam

Lineage has expanded its European network of strategically located cold storage facilities with the opening of the Cool Port II facility at City Terminal Rotterdam The fully…

International Finance Corporation

Rwanda and UK governments join IFC to further Africa cold chain progress

At COP27, the governments of Rwanda and the UK have joined forces to help speed the delivery of innovative cooling technologies in Africa. Representatives from Rwanda and the…

Lena Leithold-Kühling, Kühling Fruchthandel, on their expanded product range

"Mini CA storage systems provide a natural, controlled atmosphere in existing cold storages"

Sustainable packaging - particularly packaging made of cardboard - is increasingly finding its way into the trade these days. Family-owned company Kühling, based in Emstek in Lower Saxony, has also recognized this trend, and it has expanded its range accordingly with some new solutions, Lena…

Anton Potgieter – The Logistics Group, Paulo Franco – FPT, Sean Gent – Matola Cargo Terminal

Maputo cold store will open up new avenues for 2023 South African citrus exports

At the Matola Cargo Terminal in Mozambique, The Logistics Group and FPT have started construction of the Maputo Cold Store and a fruit consolidation hub. It is planned to be ready in time for next year’s citrus season. Currently fruit can only be loaded at ambient temperature from the port of Maputo.…

Carrier Transicold supported Pacific International Lines to expand its reefer container inventory

Carrier Transicold, a part of Carrier Global Corporation, a global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions, recently manufactured 1,750…

India's Odisha to install solar powered cold storage for farmers

Solar powered cold storage across the state of Odisha in India will be installed to keep fresh produce cool.  The Solar cold rooms will be set up in 1 000 village areas that is…

Fresh Del Monte chooses Daikin's ZeSTIA units

Fresh Del Monte, producers, distributors and marketers of fresh and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, has ordered 2,200 Daikin ZeSTIA units, of which 10 are fitted with Daikin’s CA (controlled atmosphere) technology.  This is the first order from Fresh Del Monte, whose product range includes prepared fruit…

Smart ripening technology gaining ground in Europe

Companies are increasingly investing in smart ripening technology. There is now also an upgraded Softripe-Frigotec 3.0 version. "It further improves quality and the ripening process, giving the fruit a more natural shelf life," says the company's managing director Roland Wirth. This technology, first patented…

Asevec: "In the next four years we could become the first European producer"

"Despite the current uncertainty, we're very optimistic about the future of frozen vegetables"

The forecasts for the Spanish frozen food industry remain optimistic, despite the impact that the increase in costs has on this sector. The general secretary of the Spanish…

New Dutch company, Agri Cooling

"Total cooling and storage solutions concept for agribusiness"

Agri Cooling was established in February 2022. A new name, but one with plenty of agricultural refrigeration technology experience. Ventri Techniek's Peter Maljaars, Arie van Dijk, and Jeroen van Kats, Stijn Huysmans and Stefan Huijsmans, who joined this new Dutch company on November 1, are all…

A&B Fruchthandels GmbH

Andreas Arnold from A&B Fruchthandels Ltd:

"By the end of October, around 20,000 tons of frozen raspberries from Serbia were sold across Europe"

European raspberry producers had to struggle with a disastrous harvest in 2021. Balkan expert Andreas Arnold from A&B Fruchthandels in Esslingen informed us that sufficient volumes were available this year, especially from Serbia and other Balkan countries. However, the demand leaves much to be desired.…

'The challenges and solutions in selling high quality IQF berries'

Maintaining the natural appearance and shape of berries during the freezing process is of great concern to processors, as berries are very delicate. The reason for the difficulty of handling these berries can be found in the high water and sugar content of these soft fruits, OctoFrost marketing…

Cold Chain Federation urges new ministers to provide reassurance on energy crisis action beyond March 2023

The Cold Chain Federation has written to the Chancellor and newly appointed Cabinet Ministers in the Department for Business, Environment and Transport calling for urgent…

Marcel Eversdijk of N. Eversdijk:

"Confident of price rebound"

"Prices will rebound. I have full confidence in things improving. We're in a dip now, but we'll just keep going. The energy crisis is causing cost increases, putting consumer spending under pressure. But, people still want to eat a healthy piece of fruit," says Marcel Eversdijk of the Dutch top fruit company N. Eversdijk.…

Guangzhou Nansha International Logistics Center officially launched the cold chain import business

On October 25th, a cold chain container truck loaded with Thai coconut, longan, and other commodities entered Guangzhou Nansha International Logistics Center, marking the…

Henry County, Georgia

NewCold to make Henry County’s single-largest investment with state-of-the-art distribution facility

Governor Brian P. Kemp has announced that NewCold, a global player in automated storage and cold chain logistics, will build and operate an advanced, large-scale distribution facility in Georgia. This project will create 170 new jobs and deliver more than $333 million in investment – the single-largest…

Peak harvest period of Indonesian mangosteens has started

“It has been more than 2 months since Indonesian mangosteens entered their new harvest season in August and, recently, the peak harvest period has started. Current prices are more affordable than the average. Compared with the same period last year, the market has seen a price drop of around 10%,”…

First China-Europe train with reefer containers departs for Russia from Xiamen

A China-Europe freight train with reefer containers departed from Xiamen on Wednesday. It will travel from East China’s Fujian Province to Moscow and marks the first…

New report from Swedish Club shows spike in reefer claims over pandemic

A new report from The Swedish Club, Container Claims – Refrigerated Containers, has identified a peak in refrigerated (reefer) container claims during the pandemic years as a…

Limited direct cargo flights and cold chain thwart horticultural exports from Uganda

Industry experts claim that a lack of proper cold chain facilities and limited direct cargo flights -among other hindrances- are stalling the growth of Uganda's horticulture…

Refrigeration: a hot top fruit storage topic

"Energy costs are making up a bigger part of production costs everywhere," is how Ann Schenk of the Flemish Center for Storage and Horticultural products (VCBT) summarizes the situation surrounding rising top fruit refrigerated storage costs. The VCBT is a Belgian Horticultural Cooperatives Association…

Moldova special: Vaipan

"Seedless grapes are not easy to grow in Moldova"

It is not commonplace, but it can be done: with zero cultivation or trading experience, plant a ten-hectare plot with grapes and enter the market. Liubomir Vaipan, an IT specialist, working in the real estate sector, did exactly that in 2008, when the real estate bubble burst. He now grows and sells grapes,…

Consortium unveils pan-African cold chain logistics to increase food security

To improve essential temperature-controlled logistics infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa and ensure food security in the region, African Infrastructure Investment Managers…

Tanzania Horticultural Association seeks Indian investors for cold storage facilities

The Tanzania Horticultural Association has stated that existing cold rooms in the country are very few compared with demands, and the available rooms need to be improved.…

Following electric trailer trials with Walmart, Loblaws and Martin Brower

Thermo King by Trane Technologies accelerates cold chain decarbonization

Thermo King®, a big player in transport temperature control solutions and a brand of Trane Technologies, has completed initial testing of its innovative evolve™ electric…

Nearly 6,000 solar panels ensures energy-neutral process at Dutch wholesaler

In the Netherlands, the roof of fruit and vegetable wholesaler Kraaijeveld has been transformed into a solar park: 5,930 solar panels have been installed to capture the sun's energy, converting that into power. This project contributes to the company's vision of a sustainable future, it reports. Roof transformedWhen…

Moldova-special: Piet Schotel of the CBI

"We have worked with Moldovan companies that get it and are real entrepreneurs"

Moldovan growers are not getting support from only USAID's HVAA project, as covered in an earlier part of our Moldovan special. The Netherlands Center for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI), too, advises and supports these growers to tap new markets through advice and active…

Easing supply chain bottlenecks

Maersk offers environmentally friendly rail solution for Spanish reefer exports

A Maersk Company, a subsidiary of Maersk and specialized in Intra-European logistics, is launching a new rail product from Spain to the UK especially designed for…


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