Plenary Sessions

The 20th European Cold Chain Conference will focus on cutting-edge solutions and innovative approaches to cold chain management. Leading industry and business experts will share their thoughts, ideas, and solutions through keynote presentations and educational sessions.

The Advisory Committee is finalizing the educational programme and speakers for the presentations below.

The content below is subject to change.

Keynote Presentations 

Thursday, 9 March 2017 | 9:00 – 10:30

Global Cold Chain Challenges and Opportunities: A Producer’s Perspective
Dustin Waldron, Robinson Fresh, European Region Sales Manager

As part of one of the largest third-party transportation companies in the world, Robinson Fresh offers a unique perspective on global logistics with expertise in produce sourcing and handling, transportation, imports/exports, and meeting customer needs. Learn about business and consumer trends providing exciting opportunities for industry growth and how 3PL providers can respond.

Innovations for Your Cold Storage Business
IARW Chairman Eben James, Trenton Cold Storage, CEO

Innovations are the driving force behind businesses that excel in the temperature controlled logistics industry. Join this session to hear three case studies from recent innovations Trenton Cold Storage implemented to improve operations, deepen customer relations, and save on energy costs.


Thursday, 9 March 2017 | 11:00 – 12:00

Optimizing Refrigeration Equipment: An Analysis of CO2 Systems
Maarten van Dijk, Verscentrum Nederland, Director E-commerce Operations
Marius van der Linden, Carrier, 
Director of Sales

When Dutch retailer Verscentrum Nederland decided to improve their approach to refrigeration, they collaborated with Carrier to investigate a number of solutions and implement the most effective CO2 system. During this session, participants will explore the pros and cons of different CO2 refrigeration systems and learn from the outcomes of this real-life application.

Friday, 10 March 2017 | 9:00 – 10:00

Global Economic Trends in the Cold Chain
Susan Hansen, RaboBank, Global F&A Supply Chains Strategist

To adapt to changing market conditions and consumer preferences, the food industry is making new choices with respect to products, distribution and organization. Join the discussion on how key trends in food and agribusinesses rely on the cold chain industry and how the industry could benefit. This session will also provide insight into who is investing in the cold chain industry and how it will impact the industry.

Friday, 10 March 2017 | 10:30 – 12:00

Driving Business Decisions Through Customer Insights and Industry Trends
Corey Rosenbusch, Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), President & CEO

Interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the expectations and needs of GCCA members’ customers? Attend this session and here the outcomes of a cold chain customer roundtable conducted by GCCA. Also, discover how your company can strengthen its operations by benchmarking with other warehouses/3PLs via the 2017 GCCA European Productivity and Benchmarking Study.

The Next Generation of Automation in the Retail Fresh Supply Chain
Gerard Paulussen, Intrion Group, CEO
Stany Cauchie, Colruyt Group, Head of Department Concepts & Innovations

Automation continues to transform the cold chain industry, particularly in the retail fresh environment. Hear how Colruyt joined forces with Savoye to incorporate high-performing order-picking robots in the fresh environment, reduce energy usage, and use liquid ice for multi-temperature trailer loads.