Category Archives: Cold Chain Development

GCCA Participates in Roundtable with East African Heads of State

The roundtable was hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce and builds on the Doing Business in Africa initiative put forth by President Obama.

In September 2016, Corey Rosenbusch, President and CEO of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), was invited to join several East African Heads of State and the U.S. Department of Commerce in a roundtable discussion on the U.S.-Africa trade relationship. This discussion targeted solutions to strengthen the African cold chain by expanding the use of data and technology to promote food security, lower the risk associated with private sector agribusiness investments, and expand access to agricultural markets. Continue reading

GCCA Team Visits Cold Chain Companies in Azerbaijan

A team of representatives from the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) headed to Azerbaijan in early September to conduct visits with cold chain companies. The trip is being sponsored by the United States Government Department of Commerce with the International Trade Administration. The GCCA team is being hosted by Justyna Swica and Natalia Shknyeyeva who are responsible for the Special American Business Internship Training.

The team will be in Azerbaijan for a week and then spend a few days in Tbilisi, Georgia.


Dick Dowdell, Cold Storage Consultant; Richard Tracy, Vice President of International Programs – GCCA; and Robb Locke, Spire Group’  prepare for visits with cold chain business in Azerbaijan

GCCA Sends Team of Experts to Dominican Republic to Complete Cold Chain Assessment

GCCA supports the International Executive Service Corps (IESC) on the USDA-funded Exporting Quality and Safety Program (EQS). The program provides technical assistance to increase productivity and sales for domestic and export markets of high-value fruit and vegetable global value chains in the Dominican Republic (DR). From July 18-29, 2016, GCCA sent a team of experts to complete a cold chain assessment in the DR. Continue reading

Keeping it Cool: Assessing the Cold Chain in Kenya

Sub-Saharan Africa sees nearly 40% of food perish before it reaches a consumer. The cold chain plays a critcal role in reducing food waster, improving public health, and enabling developing countries to participate in international trade as both producers and consumers.

In collaboration with the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce, GCCA launched a Cold Chain Assessment Initiative in Kenya in 2015. This assessment came about as a result of the President Obama-led Doing Business in Africa initiative. Learn more about how GCCA is supporting this initiative.

As part of the collaboration, GCCA conducted a corresponding assessment of the cold chain infrastructure in Kenya, the largest economy in the region. The industry-led report offers several recommendations that support the development of cold chain drivers in Kenya and could be applied to other developing countries in the region.

Learn more and download the report 

WFLO-GCCA Participates in Inaugural Bangladesh Cold Chain Expo

The World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), a core partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance, participated in the first Bangladesh Cold Chain Expo held on May 9, 2016 at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka Hotel. The expo was conducted as part of the Bangladesh Cold Chain Alliance (CCBA) Project, a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and supported by WFLO and Winrock International.

Speakers included Sanjay Gupta, Charlie Myers, Ron Orozco, Abdur Razzaque, Eric Sorensen, and Harshal Surange

Speakers included Sanjay Gupta, Executive Director: Infra Cool Cold Chain Management; Charlie Myers, WFLO representative; Ron Orozco, Abdur Razzaque, Eric Sorensen, and Harshal Surange

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