Written by Julie Hanson, GCCA Europe Director
Consolidation in Europe
A number of consolidation activities have been observed and are still happening in Europe, mainly in the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Belgium. Large groups acquire smaller companies, some have aggressively increased their presence on the continent, others look at cooperation as a way of gaining market share. Smaller cold stores struggling to sustain the bottom line of their business or investing in their facilities are for sale. New constructions or projects are underway and there are moves for modernizing older facilities. The industry is looking forward to the year ahead as interesting developments are shaping up the market of tomorrow.
Current Initiatives in Europe
Many initiatives have been taken in Europe to help our members improve their business processes, strengthen their position in the market, advance their knowledge, develop their network, and have their interests voiced on various platforms. The European Warehouse Council has been rejuvenated and gives participants strong, exclusive insights into country developments; GCCA is well represented at key industry events and shows to promote 3PLs and unfold new opportunities; the new European Productivity & Benchmarking Report was launched; a dedicated European community was created on the GCCA website to address European members’ specific concerns and inquiries; and the 20th European Cold Chain Conference was announced to take place on 8-10 March 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. At the same time, specific actions have been taken to grow in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Germany, the Netherlands, UK, Scandinavia and Belgium. The outlook for 2017 is positive and we all look forward to further developments to come to life. For any inquiries, contact our European Director Julie Hanson at email@example.com
Temperature-controlled storage and logistics sector represented in the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste
Food waste is a significant concern in Europe: it is estimated that around 88 million tons of food are wasted annually in the EU – around 20% of all food produced – with related costs valued at 143 billion Euros. Food waste is waste that is generated in the production, distribution and consumption of food. In order to fight food waste, the first priority is to understand where food is lost, how much and why. This is why one of the first priorities of the Commission is to elaborate a methodology to measure food waste. Also, the Commission's Circular Economy Package has singled out food waste prevention as a priority area for action and calls on Member States to reduce food waste generation. The new waste legislation proposal requires Member States to reduce food waste at each stage of the food supply chain, monitor food waste levels and report back in order to facilitate exchange between actors on progress made. In this context the goals of the Platform are to promote cooperation across sectors; sharing of best practice and results; to support all actors in rethinking a food value chain where food waste is minimized and value gained from food produced is maximized. For the composition of the Platform, the Commission wanted to ensure not only a high level of expertise but also a balanced representation of know-how and areas of interest in the food value chain, taking into account the Platform's mandate and future areas of work. ECSLA is proud to represent the temperature controlled storage and logistics sector in this important Platform. The members of the Platform are appointed for the term of the current Commission until 31 November 2019 and will meet on a regular basis in its full composition and in various sub-groups dedicated to specific topics.