Mexico City, Mexico, 23 August 2017 – The fourth annual WFLO Institute Latin America concluded on 12 July 2017 in Mexico City, with a graduation ceremony for five students who completed this three-year training program for temperature-controlled warehouse operators. Over 48 students took part in this year’s program, which is hosted annually by the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) – a core partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA). The 4th WFLO Institute Latin America took place 10-12 July 2017.
“The substantial growth of attendees at the WFLO Institute this year has been a success in Mexico City,” said Debbie Corado, Director – GCCA Latin America. “Cold chain education is fundamental for the growth of our industry, so I am very pleased to recognize the second round of students graduating from this three-year program and encouraged to continue with the program in Mexico for the next few years.”
The only training specifically designed for the temperature-controlled industry in Latin America, the WFLO Institute Latin America curriculum takes students through the food industry, the supply chain, and the fields of logistics and cold storage. More than 30 classes taught by leading industry experts provide students with a comprehensive educational experience through six modules: food security, warehouse operations, employee safety, cold chain management, customer relationships, and professional/personal development.
Students also have the opportunity to tour a logistics facility. This year students had the opportunity to visit IARW member Arcosa, a-state-of-the-art warehouse and food processing facility, located in Tepotzotlán, Mexico.
“For me it has really been an enriching experience,” said recent graduate Jean Bel de Baena, Warehouse National Manager of Dicarina Panama. “To have an exchange of knowledge, from the different professionals we have here. Having an exchange of experiences because there have been all kinds of cases that we have seen, makes us cover many of the expectations and questions, I greatly appreciate the knowledge of the instructors.”
“The eminent instructors provide great knowledge with their experience, but also the students contribute a lot, that is the most enriching, that there is that openness to be able to exchange knowledge,” said recent graduate Dionisio Cos Malpica, Logistic Director of Frío Puerto Veracruz. “I urge students who start, continue because every year it gets better.”
“Thanks to the Global Cold Chain Alliance, thanks to these great collaborators and colleagues, thanks to Debbie Corado for being the driving force in Latin America to extend something that has been in the United States for many years,” said recent graduate Octavio Lara, Director of Alma Frío SRL. “This has come to complement my professional development, it is very important to understand everything that is the cold chain and logistics part mainly in our Latin American countries that have many opportunities, the institute helps us a lot to close the gap that there is in Latin America in Cold chain.”
The 2018 WFLO Institute Latin America dates will be announced in the coming months. In the meantime, please find more information on GCCA Latin America activities here.