Cold Connection

Cold Chain Critical in Reducing Global Food Waste

The third annual World Cold Chain Summit, held 30 November – 2 December 2016 in Singapore, brought together over 160 multi-disciplinary delegates from nearly 40 countries around the world, all with a common goal of reducing global food waste. During the Summit, cold chain was discussed multiple times as a key driving factor for reducing food waste. 

Hosted by Carrier/United Technologies (UTC), the Summit is part of the Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction. UTC’s John Mandyck kicked off the Summit with an opening address sharing that less than 10 percent of all perishable foods in the world are refrigerated today, and most of those refrigerated foods are in developed countries. Mandyck went on to discuss the impact the cold chain could have in less-developed countries, noting a potential ten-to-one benefit in terms of carbon reduction as well as an opportunity to improve global food security. The idea of cold chain’s potential environmental and food security impact carried on throughout many sessions during the event. An article published by Food For Thoughtful Action's Steven Finn, who attended the Summit, provides an overview of the Summit. Read the full article.

International Projects Coordinated by GCCA

Over the past decade and a half, GCCA, through its Core Partner, the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), has worked on 91 projects in 60 different countries in an effort to grow the global cold chain. Learn more about GCCA’s international work.

The Group! GCCA team in the Dominican Republic for cold chain assessment. (July 2016)


GCCA members interested in participating on a future project are encouraged to contact GCCA Director, International Projects Amanda Brondy at

January 03, 2017


World Cold Chain Summit

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