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IARW Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Since 1891, the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) has proudly served the third-party, temperature-controlled warehouse and logistics industry – the industry responsible for keeping your food safe from farm gate to dinner plate.

2016 marks the 125th anniversary of IARW. Join us as we celebrate and take a look back at our association’s rich history.

Help GCCA Map Worldwide Cold Storage Capacity

The 2016 Global Cold Chain Alliance Cold Storage Capacity Survey is now available! This is the world’s only report that maps out cold storage capacity by country. Take the survey.

Why is knowing cold storage capacity so important? If we understand the size and scope of the cold chain market, we can identify areas where cold chain infrastructure is sorely needed. We can then use that information to connect governments and private investors to businesses in under-served markets.

Can you provide cold storage information on a specific country? Complete our brief survey in English or Spanish at Survey participants will get a free copy of the report. The survey is also available in MS Word if you would like to preview the questions or complete the survey offline.

Please send completed surveys to

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.

Announcing the Inaugural Global Cold Chain Expo

The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) and United Fresh Produce Association (United Fresh) are proud to announce the inaugural Global Cold Chain Expo, to be held in June 2016 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Corey Rosenbusch, President & CEO for GCCA and Tom Stenzel, President & CEO for United Fresh, jointly made the announcement during the IARW-WFLO Convention & Expo being held this week in Orlando, FL.  Continue reading

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