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Use pandemic to repair broken UK and EU food system

European food systems must move on from simply feeding people to allowing consumers to nourish themselves sustainably and healthily, according to a new report

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A new report involved assessment of 27 EU countries plus the 4 UK nations and highlighted four key areas of transformation needed to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, which is a key component of the Farm to Fork Strategy, part of the European Green Deal,

The Barilla Foundation published the report, with its Head of Research, Dr Marta Antonelli commenting “Food is a powerful lever to improve human and planetary health. The EU is called to take bold action to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable, healthy, inclusive and resilient food system.” 

Source: New Food magazine

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Shrinking salmon sizes threaten world fish trade

Wild salmon under threat by climate change with implications for the global fish trade

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Salmon are shrinking in size and scientists are trying to establish the cause – but the consensus is that climate change is the main culprit.

This change in size could impact global fish trade, as consumers in different markets prefer different sizes when it comes to their salmon: in Japan, a smaller fish is favoured but in Europe, bigger fish are popular, especially due to the popularity of smoked salmon.

Source: Bloomberg

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ONE orders 27,500 reefer containers

Ocean Network Express (ONE) orders more reefer containers in response to growing global demand.

Ocean Network Express (ONE) orders 27,500 reefer containers in order to meet growing global demand. With the reefer market proving to be resilient throughout the pandemic, this order includes 850 boxes equipped with advanced controlled atmosphere technology. 

Source: Seatrade Maritime News

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Hordes of reefer containers on the move by rail again

Since the 1st of April refrigerated transport to China has resumed. It was put on hold over concerns about the transmission of the coronavirus via containers. Chinese rail companies are now fully back on track with the cold chain, to the delight of the European industry.

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In the first three months of 2021, the Chinese government suddenly put a hold on the transport of reefers by rail, largely due to their concerns that COVID-19 could live longer in a cold environment. But now reefers on rail are back transporting a range of goods that require temperature-controlled conditions, including vital pharmaceuticals and frozen food as well as flowers and more. 

The team at RailFreight.com interviewed New Silk Way Logistics to discuss reefer trade by rail between China and Europe.

Source: RailFreight.com

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SeaCube Containers CEO on global shipping and the food supply chain

SeaCube Container's CEO Robert Sapphio talks ocean shipping and the impact of the Suez Canal blockage on the global food supply chain

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Robert Sapphio, CEO of SeaCube Containers discusses ocean shipping and the repurcussions of the Suez Canal blockage on the global food supply chain with Food Logistics magazine. 

Source: Food Logistics

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Six agritech trends to watch

Interest in agritech is at an all-time high, accelerated by the pandemic

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The pandemic has accelerated interest in agritech and its benefits, as there is now concern over global food security and threats to the global food system. 

Current trends to watch include strawberries, indoor growing and floating farms, and the potential of automation and vertical farming are already known.

Source: FPCFreshtalkDaily

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Hapag-Lloyd orders 150,000 TEU of standard and reefer containers

Hapag-Lloyd orders 150,000 TEU of standard and reefer containers, stepping up its investment in its container fleet

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Hapag-Lloyd has invested further in its container fleet with an order of 150,000 TEU of standard and reefer containers from China, as it needs more boxes to meet current demand. 

Hapag-Lloyd’s CEO has spoken of the unprecedented demand for containers globally, as the shortage continues to impact supply chains and shipping lines. 

Source: Hapag-Lloyd

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The Need for Innovation in the Middle East’s Food Supply Chain

Food security is a serious issue on a global scale, but especially so in countries that rely heavily on imports to feed the population.

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Food security is a global issue that needs coordinated action to tackle and calls for innovation in the food supply chain are becoming more urgent. 

If estimates of 10 billion to feed by 2050 with less arable land to farm and diminishing water supplies are correct, how will countries feed their populations?

In the GCC region which relies so heavily on food imports, food security is now a pressing issue.

To learn more about this issue, join us for our next online seminar Cool Logistics Middle East on 22 September 2021 by registering your interest here 

Source: Entrepreneur Middle East

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