Cold Connection

GCCA Member Provides Technical Assistance in Nigeria to Advance Country’s Cold Chain

In August of 2017, PLM Trailer Leasing Vice President of Customer Solutions and member of the International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA), a Core Partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), Board of Directors, Don Durm travelled to Lagos, Nigeria to work with two Business-to-Business (B2B) matches for the Nigeria Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN), a project that GCCA has planned with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) since 2015, project over a two-week period.

IRTA Board Member Don Durm (PLM Trailer Leasing) works with staff at Selema Farms on best practices

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Building from Prior Work in Uzbekistan, GCCA Assesses Cold Chain Development in the Central Asian Countries of Kazakhstan and Tajikistan

Since 2011, the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) has supported cold storage in Uzbekistan. The country has witnessed substantial growth in refrigerated warehouse capacity from only 258,000 cubic meters in 2010 to 3.5 million cubic meters in 2016. Horticulture exports jumped in 2016 alone by 38 percent, to more than 800,000 tons of fruit and vegetables.

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Nominations are Now Open for the 2018 Don Schlimme Future Leader Award

Now open for nominations, the Don Schlimme Future Leader Award recognizes outstanding young professionals in the North American cold storage industry. This award is organized by the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW), a Core Partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA).

Matt Toogood (left) accepts the 2017 Don Schlimme Future Leader Award from Corey Rosenbusch, GCCA President & CEO

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Primus Builders Inc. named recipient of 2017 IACSC Built by the Best Award

Primus Builders, Inc. was named the winner of the 2017 International Association for Cold Storage Construction (IACSC) Built by the Best Award for their project with Lineage Logistics.

IACSC Chairman Brian King presents the 2017 IACSC Built by the Best Award to the Primus Builders, Inc. team. (Pictured left to right: Brian King [A M King], Eric Boyer [Primus Builders, Inc.], Jay Navarro [Primus Builders, Inc.], Mike Jones [Primus Builders, Inc.], Jim Romine [Lineage Logistics], Mark O’Connell [Primus Builders, Inc.], and Corey Rosenbusch [IACSC-GCCA]

The award was given on November 3, 2017 during a general session at the 37th IACSC Conference & Expo following a presentation on the project by Primus and Lineage representatives.

Lineage Logistics contracted with Primus Builders, Inc. on an 180,000 square foot greenfield cold storage distribution center in North Charleston, SC. The LEED Silver-certified facility serves as a regional import/export hub for protein products destined for domestic and international markets. It features the newest high-capacity blast freezing technology and offers road and rail access (via a Norfolk Southern rail line) as well as immediate ship access to the Port of Charleston. The project faced significant challenges including two hurricanes that dropped more than two feet of rain on the site.

Award Finalist, Tippmann Innovation, also presented at the conference, for their project with Merchandise Warehouse. Tippmann helped Merchandise meet their customers needs and expand the scope of their initial project plan with 25% more pallet positions.

Information about the 2018 award will be available soon.

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How the Cold Chain Makes Sure You Don’t End Up on the Wrong Side of “Trick or Treat”

Consumers spend billions annually on Halloween, from costumes and decorations to greeting cards and, of course, candy. In fact, the National Retail Federation estimates that Americans will spend $2.7 billion this year on Halloween candy.

However, the majority of those who celebrate Halloween, which is estimated to be 70 percent of the United States population, are unaware of the journey these holiday sweets take from the manufacturer to convenience and grocery stores all over the country.

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