In August 2016, the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), a core partner of GCCA, sent three members to Ukraine to support the Ukraine Horticulture Development Project (UHBDP) with efforts to grow the cold chain. The project is implemented by the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) of Canada.
The delegation worked with UHBDP’s team to present information on cold chain storage and logistics, identifying barriers and opportunities within the cold chain in Southern Ukraine. This work built upon a cold chain transport and logistics report that GCCA member Charlie Myers completed for UHBDP in 2014.
The delegation consisted of Eric Sorensen, speaking on the logistics of transporting fresh fruit and vegetables; Hank Bonar of Bonar Engineering, demonstrating the best practices for constructing packinghouses for fruits and vegetables; and Pat Hughes who targeted the benefits of 3PLs and why owners should investment in the cold chain. After the workshop, Sorensen, Bonar and Hughes conducting site visits, meeting with specific businesses to provide targeted cold chain recommendations.
“I want to thank WFLO for sending such an excellent team to participate in the cold chain event,” MEDA Associate Director Nick Ramsing said. “The UHBDP team and clients greatly benefitted from the GCCA team’s site visits. Excellent recommendations on pre-cooling and refrigeration solutions. Excellent interaction with Ukrainian enterprises: professional, reserved in their recommendations; focused on options; intent on education and helping SMEs to understand their business and targeted market. Excellent presentation material – highly appreciated by participants. But the most impressive indicator is the fact that participants were still sitting at tables talking with GCCA speakers after four hours.”