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Grupo Fuentes is one of Spain’s principal transport and cold-storage logistics providers
The big reunion conference for the cold chain, perishable cargoes and reefer shipping community
Cold chain market outlook. Reportlinker.com estimates growth of 12.93% in 2021. Increased demand from the pharmaceutical and processed food sectors have influenced growth. The cold chain market is expected to reach $344.51 billion in 2025. This is at a CAGR of 9.49%.
Important to note that global reefer trade reduced to 0.4% in 2020. Industry experts Drewry expect seaborne reefer traffic to grow at an average rate of 4% after 2021.
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Thermo King® launches ThermoKare. Its new fleet monitoring offering. The new service combines Thermo King expertise with TracKing Connected Solutions which has two-way communication capabilities. This will enable continuous 24/7 monitoring of refrigerated fleets.
The EU Farm to Fork Strategy includes a code of conduct on responsible food business and marketing practices. The code has actions that can be undertaken in order to tangibly improve sustainability performance. Food processors, food service operators and retailers can voluntarily undertake these actions.
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The food supply chain relies on robust logistics. How can perishables reach a growing population with minimal damage and optimum freshness? And how can suppliers demonstrate sustainability? In the cold chain, refrigerated containers require constant energy and fuel to keep products at the correct temperature. Reefer containers need to be plugged in aboard vessels, making carbon emission reporting more complex.
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British farms hit twice by impact of Brexit and COVID as staff shortages cause major problems. A farm in Southern England had to discard huge amounts of courgettes as it had no staff to pick them. And with a lorry driver shortage making it extremely hard to transport produce to supermarkets, British farmers are facing significant challenges.
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Irregular shipping conditions and global shipping capacity problems are causing significant problems for the Chinese import orange market. Chinese ports are struggling with backlogs and fruit is now left rotting in containers. The Chinese fruit market is ‘decentralising’ as a result of these import challenges that citrus-producing countries such as Peru are experiencing.