About Global Cold Chain Foundation

The Global Cold Chain Foundation (GCCF) is the nonprofit education, research, and international development partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance. The Foundation’s education programs train industry practitioners in the best practices of temperature-controlled product storage, handling, and transportation. Research manuals serve as the definitive guide for the proper handling, storage, and freezing of perishable products as well as energy and facility management, and the international development projects engage cold chain industry professionals in the development of cold chain infrastructure in emerging markets.

GCCF was founded in 1943 as The Refrigeration Research Foundation (TRRF) and later known as the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO). The Foundation advances the cold chain and strengthens the food system by offering:

  • Training and education to refrigerated warehouse/distribution personnel;
  • Research in the science of refrigeration and the advancement of refrigeration technology for better preservation of food and commodities;
  • Postharvest, construction, and refrigerated storage, transportation, distribution, and investment expertise to international development partners; and
  • Collaboration with food rescue groups and organizations seeking to reduce food loss and waste.

GCCF is led by a Board of Governors who strive to ensure the foundation provides cold chain research and training to the industry globally while also supporting the growth of temperature-controlled logistics in developing countries.

The foundation also has a Scientific Advisory Council comprised of top scientists with expertise in many areas of importance to the temperature-controlled logistics industry, including food science/toxicology (seafood, poultry, meat, dairy, baking, produce), refrigeration systems, engineering, packing, postharvest, transportation, agriculture economics, operations, logistics and others.

GCCF Resources

Resources for the Global Cold Chain Foundation,
and for the cold chain as a whole.

June 12, 2024

Properly Sizing the Electrical Service for a Refrigerated Facility

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April 26, 2024

Protected: 2024 GCCA Southeastern Cold Chain Connection Presentations

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April 24, 2024

Q2 2024 GCCF Projects Update

Speakers: GCCA Staff Members Amanda Brondy, Madison Jaco, Nour Bichay, and Maria Tellez; and Catherine Lambert, Congebec. Original…

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Latest GCCF News

View the latest news, trends, and insights about GCCF's work around the globe.

GCCF Projects

See the many projects GCCF has completed or is currently working on around the world.

2024 - 2025

West Africa Emerging Markets Program

Countries: Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal As part of this USDA-funded Emerging Markets Program (EMP), GCCF will assess the…

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2024 - Present

Technical Assistance for Postharvest Facilities

Country: India GCCF is implementing a postharvest project in the states of Assam and West Bengal, India. This…

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2023 - 2027

Agricultural Trade and Climate Smart Innovations (ATraCSI) Project

Countries: Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala In April 2023, GCCF began the Agricultural Trade and Climate Smart Innovations (ATraCSI)…

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Upcoming Events

View upcoming education, training, and networking events offered by GCCA to improve the global cold chain, online and in person.

GCCA Cold Chain Connection
July 17

GCCA Cold Chain Connection – Mexico

The Global Cold Chain Alliance will host a Cold Chain Connection event on 17 July 2024, at 3:00…

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August 22 - August 23, 2024

Africa Cold Chain Conference

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November 11 - November 14, 2024

44th CEBA Conference & Expo

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Scientific Advisory Council

Learn about this eminent group of food scientists, logistics, and packaging experts from around the world.

Board Members

GCCF is led by a Board of Governors who are advised by a Scientific Advisory Council comprising top scientists with expertise in food science.  See all GCCF Board Members below.

Ken Whah


Adam Forste


Greg Laurin


Michael Jahncke


Owusu Akoto


Justin Brandt


Wes Dye


Graham Harvey


Andrew B. Janson


Mathew Moore


Joris Olbrechts


Tom Poe


Angela Schmidt


Marty Steinmetz


Niels Lundgaard-Svenstrup


Bob Tippmann


Rodrigo Vassimon


William C. Duggan Jr.


David Stuver


This initiative provides support for women in the male-dominated field of the cold chain industry