Cold chain logistics providers gathered in May 2017 at the Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) Food and Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Forums in Dubai, UAE to discuss challenges and trends in the temperature-controlled sector in MENA.
With outside temperatures reaching up to 50 degrees Celsius, keeping the cold bridge in the supply chain from breaking is an every-day challenge. Two Dubai-based members of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) – RSA Logistics and Global Shipping & Logistics L.L.C. – provided insight on trends influencing the food supply chain, key challenges, best practices, and the advantages/disadvantages of cost sensitivity during education sessions at the MENA Forum.
A line-up of experts also shed light on both regional and global trends impacting the Middle-Eastern market. Other local and global players, such as Hellman Perishable Logistics, SamTech and Unitechnik, later joined a GCCA Cold Chain Executive Connection round-table facilitated by GCCA European Director Julie Hanson to network and discuss local market policies, regulations, technology developments and consumer trends.
The Middle-East is still a growing market as demand for global sourcing of perishables is increasing, along with flow of tourists, the rise of e-commerce and the development of convenience food from the local population. These signify key factors driving the need for temperature-controlled logistics in the region. Additionally, with the Expo 2020 in Dubai and the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022, the flow of perishable imports is expected to rise by one million pallets in the next three to four years.