Perishable foods in particular form an intrinsic part of global supply chains and growing transport and logistics networks.
Ubiquitous consumption means that an enormous variety of food and non-food products are being transported around the world.
Blueberries from Chile, salmon for Japan, and of course, chips from Belgium are some of the commodities transported by reefer containers, although not all perishables move by sea. Air, road and rail transport are part of the modal mix that shippers of perishables continue to use depending on which continent you look at.
There is one thing they all have in common: Temperature control.
Fresh, chilled and frozen products represent some of the products that consumers cannot do without and these also include non-food products such pharmaceuticals and some healthcare products.
Few other cities in Northern Europe provide a richer blend of food, culture and commerce than Antwerp.
Antwerp is Europe’s second largest port, handling 10 million tonnes of perishables, the majority of which are shipped in containers. Global shipping alliances are calling Antwerp on a weekly basis in 100+ loops. The 5 deepsea container terminals feature 7000+ reefer plugs. The port also has 7 ha dedicated reefer depot capacity and is home to several reefer repair stations.
Hence it is not surprising that the port of Antwerp plays a key role in the supply chain of getting glorious food from the field to your plate, whether we talk about bananas, pineapples, chocolate, lobsters or lamb.
No wonder that after a six year absence, the Cool Logistics Conference and Exhibition is returning to Antwerp this year, especially as this also coincides with the 10th anniversary of Cool Logistics.
The theme of this year’s conference is ‘pushing the boundaries of perishable logistics’.
The Cool Logistics event promises to be the focal point for everyone involved in handling temperature-controlled products.
As in previous years the two-day conference will be preceded by a workshop. See the preliminary programme.
Anne-Sophie Zerlang Karlsen, Head of Global Reefer Management, Maersk Line