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U.S. Cold Storage Capacity Increases 3% Since 2013

According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, there was 4.17 billion cu ft gross refrigerated storage capacity in the U.S. on October 1, 2015. This is a 3% increase in refrigerated warehouse capacity in the U.S. since October 2013.

Public refrigerated warehouse capacity accounts for 75.28% of gross refrigerated capacity in the U.S., which is a slight decrease (0.59%) from 2013. Notably, International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) members own or operate 76% of the refrigerated capacity in the United States. Between 2013 and 2015, public refrigerated space increased 2%. Private and semi-private space increased 5.32%. While growth rates were faster in private warehouses, there were 9 million more cubic ft added to public storage companies than to private. See our latest infographic that breaks down the USDA report.

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