What is the GCCF?
The Global Cold Chain Foundation (GCCF) is the primary source for education, training, research and technical information on the proper handling and storage of perishable products and the development of best practices for the safe, efficient, and reliable movement of food and other temperature sensitive commodities globally. 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.
What is the Cold Chain Institute?
The Cold Chain Institute is for professionals engaged in temperature-controlled logistics. The curriculum takes ‘students’ through cold chain management, customer service, employee safety, food safety, warehouse operations, transportation operations, and professional development and is taught by leading experts in the industry.
‘Students’ attend for four days, once per year. After three years, students receive a Certificate of Completion during a graduation ceremony. In addition to the valuable training opportunities participants take part in, students also receive the added benefit of networking with industry peers and developing relationships with mentors while taking their professional, leadership, and cold chain skills to the next level.
Who should attend?
Students from every professional area come to the Institute to enhance their individual specialty while developing a 360-degree understanding of their company and the temperature sensitive industry. The program is tailored for current or potential PRW engineers, supervisors and managers in the following areas:
- Information Technology and Systems
- Human Resources
- Receive comprehensive training in cold chain operations and business
- Improve operational efficiency on the job
- Sharpen internal and customer communication
- Develop leadership and management skills
- Improve expertise in specialty area
- Learn from recognized industry leaders
- Network and build relationships with peers
- Discuss innovations, technologies and trends