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Sustainability requirements will accelerate switch to reefer containers

While the container market reported an average annual growth of two per cent in the past five years, the reefer market grew by five to six per cent. This year, expectations for reefers are also looking well. Benjamin Vicuna, CA operations manager of Maersk Container Industries (MCI), talks about the…

A new technology that ripens fruit as if it’s still on the plant

JD Cooling announces exclusive UK partnership with Softripe

JD Cooling Group, a supplier of bespoke cooling, power and control systems, has become the exclusive UK distributor of Softripe®, the award-winning ripening system. The new technology revolutionises the…

Cold Chain is India's ticket to abundance and economic growth

India is among the world’s largest producers of fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood, but the nation has access to only 60 percent of this produce. The nation been primarily an agrarian economy and is one of the world’s largest producers of fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood, but a sizeable portion of…

Mushrooms have many health benefits

They come in all shapes, sizes and colors, and are found in many ready-made meals. Mushrooms are low in carbs, almost fat-free and rich in proteins. They are low in calories and contain…

India: Cold storages drop prices by 30% as potato production decreases

Surplus storage capacity amid a season of low potato output, has led to a price war among cold storage owners. Facilities have dropped their rates with as much as 30% for the season. Over 30 new cold storages have come into the region in past two years, say industry players. MP Cold Chain Industries Association president Hansmukh…

JD Cooling Group expands presence in South East with strong growth

JD Cooling Group, the UK’s largest independent supplier of bespoke cooling, power and control systems, opened its fifth regional office in Sittingbourne, Kent, in September 2018 and has since delivered in excess of £1.5 million worth of business in the region. The office demonstrates JD Cooling’s commitment to delivering…

Shaky service damages Mexico’s refrigerated rail potential

With less than 1 percent of refrigerated cargo moved in containers or trailers by rail -despite this costing up to one-fifth less than truck transport-, Mexican intermodal…

Dynamar's 2018 'REEFER Analysis - Market Structure, Conventional, Containers'

Conventional reefer vessels are losing market share again

In 2017, total seaborne transport of fresh produce grew by five percent, to 116 million tons. Containerized reefer traffic grew by eight percent. In contrast, conventional reefer vessels which have a traditional cargo operation with top opening hatches, have lost ground. Down from some 55 percent in 2000, according to…

West Bengal to ban cold storage of potatoes before March 1

The West Bengal government will issue an order restricting cold storages in the state from opening for loading potatoes before March 1. While the storage period of potatoes usually extends from March 1 to November 30, it is often seen that many cold storages start loading by mid-February. According to Rajesh Kumar Sinha,…

Svetlana Plotean explains the advantages of IQF freezing

“Slow freezing leads to significant moisture loss from the pulp of the blueberry”

One sector that has been growing is the IQF blueberries. This is a logical result as competition in the fresh market heats up. Growers are subsequently moving their crop to the frozen market. Therefore, according to Svetlana Plotean, Marketing Manager for OctoFrost, it’s now more vital than ever to offer…

In-transit cold treatment of fruit

Fruit pulp temperature monitored and corrected to meet phytosanitary regulations

Fresh fruit travels all over the globe and one of the biggest challenges exporters and importers face is meeting the different cold treatment protocols that are set by the importing nations. Temperature and duration requirements There is no one single treatment that is suitable for all destinations and products and…

Softbox to unveil new Temperature Control Packaging Sytems

Softbox is a global innovator and provider of temperature control packaging for the life science and logistics industries. The firm has announced plans to unveil new pallet…

Australia: Link Logistics adopts CO2 for Hobart Airport cold storage

Link Logistics, a Tasmania-based freight specialist, has chosen CO2 for its new cold storage facility at Hobart Airport. The firm, which also has facilities on the Australian…

Sofrilog to partner with Moroccan Refrigeration and Logistics company

Morocco: French Sofrilog Invests in Cold Chain Logistics

French cold chain logistics network Sofrilog announced in a statement January 15 that it will construct  a tri-temperature platform near Casablanca, to be completed in 2020. After…

Construction of Nogales, AZ cold inspection facility to create 200 new jobs

An Arizona state investment in a cold inspection facility in Nogales is set to broaden fresh fruit and vegetable availability, helping boost employment and economic…

MSC Reefers boost fruit supply chain

Ocean carrier MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has called attention to its latest technological breakthroughs for long distance shipping. As the world’s second largest…

BREXIT: Preparing for a potential bottleneck in the cooling chain

Brexit is planned to take place soon, either with a deal or with no deal. Preparations have been made in several sectors, such as food, logistics and pharma, but there are still many unanswered questions. In particular, specialists in the cold supply and/or cooling chains have their own specific worries…

Southeastern New Brunswick, Canada

Tallest building in Sackville is a huge freezer for blueberries and cranberries

A massive steel structure, rising 14 storeys from the edge of Sackville's industrial park, is garnering interest and questions from passers-by. The building is visible from the Trans-Canada Highway. According to Evelyn and David Ernst, co-owners of Terra Beata Farms, it's a still-under-construction…

Indian cold storages in trouble as potato prices crash

Owners of cold storages in major Indian potato-producing states like Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar and Gujarat are a worried lot these days. A sizeable amount of loans…

Paauw Industrial Refrigeration Solutions

Marc Paauw starts new industrial refrigeration installation firm

The Netherlands has gained an industrial refrigeration installation company. “Paauw Industrial Refrigeration Solutions has more than 20 years of experience in the design and…

Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Storage unit owners give Indian potato farmers a week to remove produce

In the Agra district, cold storage centre owners have issued an ultimatum to farmers to take away their stored potatoes within a week, failing which the centres would sell or…

India: Pre-cooling units help strawberry farmers in Maharashtra

The establishment of a fruit pre-cooling unit by an enterprising farmer in Mahabaleshwar, which is known as the strawberry belt of Maharashtra, could be a huge boost to…

China: Chile's Copefrut supply platform launches in Guangzhou

December 15, 2018, saw the launch of the Chilean COPEFRUT supply platform at the Guangzhou Huangpu District Power Cold Chain (Guangzhou) Warehouse . Around 100 people attended the event, including COPEFRUT CEO Andrés Fuenzalida, Project Manager Felipe Casanova, China Representative Mr. Lai, Chairman of…

China: Cold storage forecast: capacity will exceed 53 million tons in 2018

With the rapid development of the domestic cold chain logistics market, the market demand for cold storage is becoming more and more prominent. Online shopping, fresh e-commerce, and fruit and vegetable home delivery are all popular choices in the current consumer market. For online shopping, fresh…

Donating reusable crates and co-financing of refrigerated vehicles

IFCO donates environmentally friendly RPCs worldwide

Since the inception of its food support initiative in 2009, IFCO SYSTEMS, the world leader in reusable packaging solutions, has donated more than 280,000 RPCs (Reusable Plastic Containers) to Food Banks. In addition to this, the company supports the Food Banks through the voluntary work of IFCO staff and…

“Investment effort started by shortage of coolant”

Prices for synthetic coolants started rising considerably last year as a result of reduced availability. More and more companies dare to take the step of replacing their current cooling installation. This is already resulting in longer wait times. “We’ve noticed users are now aware of the necessity of taking action for…

“Users more likely to switch to natural coolants”

The changing climatological circumstances require an adjustment of cooling techniques. The warm summer therefore also caused busy times for contractors. “Not all cooling installations were designed for the high temperatures we experienced. We had more work because of this,” says Siebe Duivenvoorden of…

Effective pre-cooling important when the weather’s hot

The climate is changing and Weber Cooling is changing with it. “The spring and summer of 2018 were extremely warm, and many growers were faced with the challenge to still supply good (cooled) products,” says Hans Juursema of Weber Cooling. According to him, effective pre-cooling, or the quickly cooling…

Finding plenty of workers still challenging

Large demand for cold stores gradually declining

In recent months there was an acute shortage of cold storage. There’s still a large demand for cold stores, but now that the busiest supply period is over and more cold stores become operational, this will steadily decline in the coming weeks. Most logistics service providers still have a lack of cold storage. A lot of companies…

Panalpina targets growth in Kenya – expanding cold storage at Nairobi Airport

Panalpina has doubled its cold storage space at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, with the aim of growing the perishable volumes flown out of Kenya. The facility has been expanded by 1,500 m2 and offers Jomo Kenyatta International Airport's only dedicated loading bays for skidded or…


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