How Do GCCA Members Support a Strong, Maintained Cold Chain?
As the leading experts in temperature management for perishable commodities, GCCA members help to preserve the quality and integrity of their customers’ brands by enforcing the highest standards of cold chain care and precision. Food processors, wholesalers, distributors, and any other business dealing in perishable commodities, can trust in the cold chain management expertise enforced by GCCA members. Our members serve the perishables community from end-to-end:
- Storing products, case-picking, re-packing, blast freezing, and offering many other solutions to meet their customers’ needs right in the warehouse distribution center
- Designing and building facilities with unique, optimal solutions for maximum temperature-control
- Transporting products to and from points along the supply chain from harvest to retailer
No matter in which capacity they are serving their customers, GCCA members can guarantee you the utmost care in maintaining your products’ integrity.
GCCA Members Play a Role in Developing the Cold Chain
GCCA is dedicated to the proper handling and storage of perishable products and the development of systems and best practices for the safe, efficient, and reliable movement of food to the people of the world. Through our research and education foundation, the Global Cold Chain Foundation, we support international cold chain development through partnerships with donors, NGOs, governments, educational institutions, local associations, and private sector businesses to promote business to business knowledge. This is done through training, education, and research. Since 2002, we have completed more than 120 projects in over 60 countries.
Drawing upon our global network of private sector members, GCCA is uniquely qualified to conduct cold chain and food systems assessments and market research; develop and enhance agribusiness associations or organizations; and produce high-quality training programs and educational seminars.
Since 2002, GCCA has worked with a variety of international donors, including:
- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- The Millennium Challenge Corporation
- U.S. Agency for International Development
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- International Finance Corporation
- The U.S. Trade and Development Agency
Who Bears Responsibility for Managing the Cold Chain?
Each sector of the chain, from the point at which product is harvested to the point at which it is sold, shares responsibility. Breaks in the chain may occur just as easily on a warehouse dock as they do on a supermarket floor. If one link breaks, all suffer the consequences of a dissatisfied customer.