The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), through its Core Partner, the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), has worked on nearly 100 projects in over 60 different countries in an effort to grow the global cold chain by helping lower-income countries solve their cold chain challenges.
Among these projects, GCCA has supported a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project in Georgia since 2013, working in partnership with Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), an international non-profit organization that works to stimulate economic growth, improve livelihood, and support agricultural development. The project supports businesses who collect and store fruits and vegetables, and has recently relied on GCCA to locate experts in areas such as grape storage, apple storage, and freeze-drying production. Two of these assignments took place in January 2017, with more scheduled in the upcoming months. Continue reading
Written by Joel Taylor, Fellow – Global Cold Chain Alliance
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is launching a new digital platform to manage export applications and food export certifications. On February 14, 2017, representatives of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) participated in the USDA Public Health Information System (PHIS) Export webinar to learn more about the new platform and how it might affect GCCA members.
Dr. Joe Sebranek, a key member of the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) Scientific Advisory Council (SAC), was recently inducted into the Meat Industry Hall of Fame. With meat products constituting a significant portion of frozen and refrigerated food moving through the cold chain, Sebranek’s 15 years of participation on the SAC has been vital, providing expertise in meat science, and more specifically, meat processing and preservation technology, to the temperature-controlled logistics industry. Continue reading
Consumers spend billions annually on Valentine’s Day. In fact, the National Retail Federation estimates that Americans will spend $18.2 billion this year on Valentine’s candy, flowers, and more. Ordering all of the Valentine’s Day necessities is becoming easier every year. With the simple click of a button, a consumer in California can send flowers and chocolate to a loved one in Florida. Therefore, proper storage and transportation vital to ensure perfection. The WFLO Commodity Storage Manual has a whopping six pages devoted to proper storage and handling of confectionery items, ranging from candy corn and gum drops to chocolates and caramels. The manual also has plenty of information for cold chain logistics providers to ensure safe, high quality cheese and wine make it to consumers in time for the big day of romance. Continue reading
Global Cold Chain Expo, now in its second year, is pleased to announce it will share a single trade show floor with the International Floriculture Expo and United Fresh’s new FreshTEC and FreshMKT expos in 2017. All four shows will occupy the larger West Hall at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, June 13-15. With all four shows together in one expo hall, attendees can easily navigate the event, visiting over 700 exhibitors spotlighting the latest innovations in fresh foods, produce and floral products; new technologies in harvesting, development and merchandising; and tech solutions to ensure quality control throughout the cold chain from field to table. Continue reading