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“Paper-based packaging for fresh produce, a colossal mistake”

"Paper-based packaging for fresh produce, a colossal mistake" according to Shay Zeltzer, post-harvest specialist

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“Paper-based packaging for fresh produce, a colossal mistake”.

Shay Zeltzer has been in the business of preserving freshness and reducing food waste for almost 30 years now, yet spending two days at the Fruit Logistica trade show in Berlin recently has left him in shock.

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Maersk’s 3 takeaways from Fruit Logistica

What were the key takeaway's for the Maersk team at this year's Fruit Logistica?

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Recent years have clearly shown the many and varied challenges the fresh produce industry has faced when it comes to their cold chain. Following the Covid-19 pandemic, other factors have occupied the market: the economic consequences of geopolitical events and the energy crisis, market-influencing circumstances such as Brexit, driver shortages, and the increased focus on sustainability. What were the main takeaways from Fruit Logistica (8 – 10 February 2023, Berlin) for the team at Maersk?

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New report on global trading environment for fresh produce

New report on global trading environment for fresh produce - a critical element of the shift towards healthy and sustainable diets

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The Global Coalition of Fresh Produce has published a report analysing the current global trading environment for fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Reefer trade resilient in downturn

Reefer rates have fallen but haven't collapsed

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The reefer trade is proving fairly resilient in the downturn, unlike dry cargo container rates, and although reefer freight rates have fallen, they have not collapsed, according to the latest from Drewry.

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Top four cold chain growth drivers in 2023

Refrigerated container market continues to grow as movement of temp-controlled cargo proliferates worldwide

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Greg Tuthill, CCO of SeaCube Containers, a global leader in intermodal refrigerated equipment leasing, looks closely at the top four cold chain growth drivers in 2023:

  • Food waste mitigation
  • Food supply outsourcing
  • Decarbonization goals
  • Technology

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Ecuador’s banana exports down

Estimated loss of over $258 million, and -6,57% decrease in exports from January to December 2022

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2022 was a difficult year for Ecuador’s banana export industry. Ecuador, the world leader in banana exports, had an estimated loss of over $258 million, and -6,57% decrease in exports from January to December 2022. This large drop is mainly due to the Russian war in Ukraine, internal strikes and the dollar appreciation against the Euro

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New diesel electric reefer

Unit45 has developed a new diesel-electric reefer in collaboration with its client H.Essers

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Unit45, based in Rotterdam, has developed a new diesel-electric reefer in collaboration with its client H.Essers, which is a Belgian logistics solutions provider.

This newly developed diesel-electric reefer was designed with a 900-litre tank, making it 100 litres larger in capacity than the previous version.

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Cool News and Views – February 2023

February 2023

CoolTech 2023 : conference theme announced and pre-registration at discount rate of EUR 795 now open!

Our CoolTech conference takes place 21-22 June in Amsterdam. This is a global forum that brings together operational, technical and technological expertise in refrigerated logistics. We also focus on new technologies, visions and innovations. With our umbrella theme of ‘Towards Net Zero’, our conference agenda is now taking shape. NEWpre-register for our event here with our discount price of just EUR 795!  Visit our event page here 

Cool Logistics Global 2023: conference venue announced

Our Cool Logistics Global conference takes place 10-12 October in Genoa. We’re excited to announce that our venue will be the beautiful Corn Exchange. This event is hosted by Genoa, and our team is working with Ports of Genoa, CISCO, BIC and the Chamber of Commerce to bring you our flagship event as part of the prestigious Genoa Shipping Week. Visit our event page here

Cool Logistics Council: first members announced

The Cool Logistics Council is a new international collective across the cold chain and reefer logistics world. Our aim  is to to exchange views, knowledge and intelligence from the wider cold chain industry. We want to build relations that will help the future of integrated, efficient and sustainable reefer and cold chain logistics. We’ve just announced our first council members – find out more here.

This is the first of our new twice-a-month mini newsletter, so we can bring you more news, more regularly! Keep scrolling to make sure you see all the news stories. Do you have a news story you’d like us to publish? Contact us on esther@coollogisticsconference.com

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Expanding Global Cold Chains: Dangerous Contribution to Climate Change?

Keeping food cold as it moves through the supply chain is crucial

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Keeping food cold as it moves through the supply chain is crucial to fighting food insecurity, preventing food waste, and supporting agricultural livelihoods and economies throughout the developing world.

But each step and technology of the cold chain — refrigerators, industrial chillers, and transportation — has significant potential impacts on climate change, from massive energy demands to powerful fluorinated greenhouse gas emissions.

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New Finnish website launched to link global fresh produce buyers

Global trade database that will be turned into a marketplace to improve the supply chain

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A new web-based trade portal called Claridock, launched by a Finnish entrepreneur, aims to link global fruit suppliers and buyers. Slobodan Stanić says he launched the web platform as a global trade database that will be turned into a marketplace to improve the supply chain.

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