Cold Connection

IACSC Built by the Best Award 2017 Competition Open for Submissions

The International Association for Cold Storage Construction (IACSC), a Core Partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance, strives to provide the tools, education, and resources to help members maintain a level of excellence within the construction sector of the cold chain industry. To recognize excellence and innovations in building temperature-controlled facilities, IACSC is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 IACSC Built by the Best award submission period. With significant knowledge and experience in building cold storage and processing facilities, IACSC members are true experts in building the cold chain; thus all submissions must be led by an IACSC member contractor or design/build firm. Additional points are given when multiple IACSC subcontractors are involved on the project.

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RaboBank to Discuss Global Economic Trends in the Cold Chain at European Cold Chain Conference

To adapt to changing market conditions and consumer preferences, the food industry is making new choices related to products, distribution, and organization. On Friday, 10 March, European Cold Chain Conference keynote speaker Susan Hansen, RaboBank’s Global F&A Supply Chain Strategist, will explore how key trends in food and agribusinesses rely on the cold chain industry and how the industry could benefit. This plenary session will also provide insight into who is investing in the cold chain and how it will impact the industry. Continue reading

GCCA Collaborates with USAID and CNFA to Improve Cold Chain in Republic of Georgia

The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), through its Core Partner, the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), has worked on nearly 100 projects in over 60 different countries in an effort to grow the global cold chain by helping lower-income countries solve their cold chain challenges.

Among these projects, GCCA has supported a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project in Georgia since 2013, working in partnership with Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), an international non-profit organization that works to stimulate economic growth, improve livelihood, and support agricultural development. The project supports businesses who collect and store fruits and vegetables, and has recently relied on GCCA to locate experts in areas such as grape storage, apple storage, and freeze-drying production. Two of these assignments took place in January 2017, with more scheduled in the upcoming months. Continue reading

USDA to Launch New Digital PHIS Export Platform

Written by Joel Taylor, Fellow – Global Cold Chain Alliance

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is launching a new digital platform to manage export applications and food export certifications. On February 14, 2017, representatives of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) participated in the USDA Public Health Information System (PHIS) Export webinar to learn more about the new platform and how it might affect GCCA members.
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WFLO Scientific Advisory Council Member Inducted into Meat Industry Hall of Fame

Dr. Joe Sebranek, a key member of the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) Scientific Advisory Council (SAC), was recently inducted into the Meat Industry Hall of Fame. With meat products constituting a significant portion of frozen and refrigerated food moving through the cold chain, Sebranek’s 15 years of participation on the SAC has been vital, providing expertise in meat science, and more specifically, meat processing and preservation technology, to the temperature-controlled logistics industry. Continue reading

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