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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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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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Calculate the Perfect Freezing and Storage Temperatures

What will it cost to freeze product? How much time will it take to freeze product? What’s the shelf-life of a product? That’s just a sampling of the innumerable factors refrigerated warehouse managers must consider when accepting new food products.

World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), a Core Partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) member Dr. Dennis Heldman showcased the Food Freezing and Storage Calculator during a recent GCCA webinar.

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