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'Innovation in Perishable Logistics Award'

Celebrates innovation and ingenuity from companies or individuals making a difference to cold supply chain operations, perishables logistics, and refrigerated transport. 

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Launched in 2019 in Valencia, this award is open to anyone involved in perishable logistics – individuals, teams, companies – who have made a difference in the way perishable products are shipped or handled. Examples would include the launch of a new product, a service, an operational breakthrough, or a significant improvement designed to ensure excellence in dealing with temperature-controlled products (cargo).

dFarm 2020 Winner of Cool Logistics ‘Innovation in Perishable Logistics’ in 2020

London, October 14th 2020 – dFarm Inc. was awarded first place at the 2nd Cool Logistics ‘Innovation in Perishable Logistics Award’ ceremony. This award celebrates innovation and ingenuity from companies or individuals making a difference to cold supply chain operations, perishables logistics and refrigerated transport. 

The award was announced at the end of the first day of the 12th Cool Logistics Global conference, taking place this year in a virtual setting. 

dFarm Inc.’s agriculture SCM system uses blockchain, IoT and big data to improve transparency and trust along the fresh produce supply chain. It was selected by a panel of judges who remarked that the innovation was a real step forward in achieving collaboration, transparency and visibility in the end-to-end agricultural chain.

dFarm Inc.’s Founder & CEO, Venkatesh Babu Vadlamudi, accepted the Award stating that the first phase of dFarm Inc.’s project was to sell the produce before it’s even harvested via information exchange available directly from the farmer on daily harvesting dates and stock availability, Many systems record information from the packhouse to retailer, though this level of data wasn’t readily available.

Previous Award Entries

Carrier Transicold 

Active controlled atmosphere system for refrigerated container cargoes

Coldcubed

System of recyclable materials to ensure even and accurate pulp temperatures in sensitive fruits carried in containers

Genmark BV

Environmentally-friendly Genset design

 Hemdahl Ltd.

A system based on existing telematics data to determine the effect of temperature excursions on food and pharma perishables

Temp-Ex / Sedef 

Modified atmosphere thermal pallet cover for fresh fruits and vegetables

Tiger Cool Express LLC

Carbon neutral intermodal rail service

Highly Commended Award 2020

Hemdahl Ltd. received the Highly Commended Award for their system based on existing telematics data to determine the effect of temperature excursions on food and pharma perishables.

The winners were chosen from a seven-strong shortlist by the judging panel of Steve Cameron, Principal Consultant of Cameron Maritime Resources,  Alfred Cheung, Founder of JC Food Republic, Andy Connell, Director of A-bar-C Services, Ruben Huber, Founder & Director of OceanX and Rachael White, Director, Cool Logistics Resources Ltd.

The seven shortlisted entries included: 

  • Carrier Transicold – active controlled atmosphere system for refrigerated container cargoes

  • Coldcubed – system of recyclable materials to ensure even and accurate pulp temperatures in sensitive fruits carried in containers

  • WINNER dFarm Inc. – Agriculture SCM system using blockchain, IoT and big data to improve transparency and trust along the fresh produce supply chain

  • Genmark BV – Environmentally-friendly genset design

  • HIGHLY COMMENDED Hemdahl Ltd. – System based on existing telematics data to determine the effect of temperature excursions on food and pharma perishables

  • Temp-Ex / Sedef – Modified atmosphere thermal pallet cover for fresh fruits and vegetables

  • Tiger Cool Express LLC – Carbon neutral intermodal rail service

Winner of 1st Cool Logistics ‘Innovation in Perishable Logistics’ in 2019

Clive Lawrance, Omnia Management, was announced as the winner of the 1st Cool Logistics ‘Innovation in Perishable Logistics’ Award at the 11th Cool Logistics Global Conference in Valencia.  The winner of the award was selected by an international panel of stakeholders, with an interest in furthering perishable supply chain excellence. Omnia Management was recognized for its contribution adding value to the cold supply chain.

Honest Branch was highly commended for its contribution to the cold supply chain. “Connecting every farmer across Africa with buyers in Europe is a massive undertaking. Winning this award delivers a huge boost to our company and its profile, as well as instantly providing new, invaluable connections across the industry. Additionally, it illustrates the understanding Cool Logistics has of the positive impact on the lives of people across Africa our platform will have.” said N Russell Tomlin, MD at Honest Branch.

Honest Branch developed a mobile-friendly platform that allows European buyers of tropical fruit to source their supplies in a single place.  Working with local cooperative farmers across the entire logistical process from sourcing fruit to assisting with exports, Honest Branch’s initiative allows African farmers to access European fresh produce markets with their surplus produce, helping to boost African fresh produce exports.

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