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Below you find an overview of news, background articles and publications on all aspects of the cold chain. On a regular basis new publications are added to this database by the specialists. We request interested readers to apply for a password by registering their name and email address here.


NEW ERA FOR CHINESE COLD CHAIN
Since the beginning of the new millennium, China's storage and preservation technology of farm products has been developing rapidly. In recent years particularly, the construction and planned construction of 100,000-ton cold storages have led China's cold chain logistics into a new stage of prosperity.


POST-HARVEST LOSSES UKRAINE 60 PERCENT
Industry experts say that an astonishing 60 percent of fruits and vegetables harvested in Ukraine does not make it to consumers because of poor logistics and temperature control management. That is much more than in many other European countries.


COLD STORE CONSTRUCTION BOOMING IN CHINA
Growing concerns of the Chinese middle class consumers about food safety are driving growth of the cold chain infrastructure. International cold storage experts see China as a profitable market and in different areas in the country new, modern cold storage facilities are being constructed.


BATTERY ROOM SAFETY
Creating a safe battery storage area for your lift truck batteries is just as important as any other aspect of lift truck safety.  Battery racks, chargers, changers, eye wash stations, showers and exhaust systems to vent the gases produced during the charging process are all key components of a safe battery room.


CURRENT GLOBAL FOOD SYSTEM UNSUSTAINABLE
The current global food system is on an unsustainable track, which poses a threat to long-term global food security. This is the overall conclusion of the Rabobank study entitled 'Sustainability and security of the global supply chain'.


REFRIGERANT DIFFERENCES NOT SIGNIFICANT IN FUTURE?
A comparison study of HFC and CO2 refrigeration systems suggests that the financial and environmental gap between the different refrigerant solutions can be closed and the choice of refrigerant will then make no significant difference any longer.


MAJOR INVESTMENTS IN PORT OF ANTWERP INFRASTRUCTURE
The Port of Antwerp has announced the investment of € 1.6 biliion in new infrastructure. The project foresees the expansion of the port over the next 15 years in order to keep Antwerp competitive as the second-largest port in Europe. Among other, the port authority wants to develop two new harbour facilities, update existing docks, and buy new equipment.


CHINA USES COLD CHAIN TO REDUCE PRODUCE WASTE
China has launched a five-year plan to develop an agricultural cold chain logistics system to enhance preservation and storage of fresh agricultural produce so that producers can better compete in global markets.


CHINA LARGEST GROCERY MARKET BY 2014 

China is set to overtake the US for the first time as the largest grocery market in the world by 2014.  IGD forecasts that the Chinese grocery market will be worth €761 billion (= app. US$ 936 billion), outstripping the US, which is set to be worth €745 billion (= app. US$ 916 billion) in four years' time.


CHINESE COLD CHAIN EXPANDS
China is the largest food-producing and consuming country worldwide. According to China Research Intelligence (SHCRI), there are actually 2000 meat factories in China, producing over 60 million tons annually. Frozen food represents 8.5 million, cold drinks 1.5 million, dairy products 8 million and aquatic food reaches 44 million tons.


ENERGY EFFICIENCY STARTS IN THE DESIGN PHASE
Buildings with conditioned or temperature-controlled rooms use much energy. Owners of such buildings try adamantly to cut the energy costs, but these efforts often do not result in the desired reduction in the total energy consumption. However, giving priority to energy efficiency during the building process does contribute to lower energy costs.


ILLUMINATING THE LOADING DOCK WITH LED
Lighting semi-trailers parked at the loading dock has been a long-standing challenge in the food industry since glass is prohibited in and around production areas. But the problem is quickly fading, thanks to LED dock lights that not only circumvent the issue but also save energy and improve light quality. The only challenge is to choose wisely since there are many choices available.

INCREASING DEMAND FOR COLD CHAIN LOGISTICS IN CHINA
Jones Lang LaSalle’s recent research “China Domestic Logistics: Huge Potential in Cold Chain” notes key opportunities for investors and developers in the cold chain industry in China due to the expected increase in demand and current lack of maturity in the market.

PARTNERSHIP WITH LEADING CHINESE DESIGN INSTITUTE
Following several months of talks, the Netherlands-based group of specialized consultants, architects and engineers of ColdStoreDesign.com has reached a partnership agreement with the Chinese Internal Trade Engineering Design and Research Institute, a leading, government-certified design and architectural company. The agreement covers cooperation throughout the whole of China.


OUTSOURCING PALLETS CAN REDUCE OPERATING COSTS
Outsourcing pallets can reduce operating costs. Instead of buying new or used pallets, the pallets are rented from a pooling company. The cost are shared by a group of users and the pooling company is responsibel for pallet management.


CURRENT TRENDS IN COLD STORE CONSTRUCTION 
The public refrigerated warehousing industry in Western Europe is bouncing back after several very difficult years. At the moment, in most countries, the cold stores have good occupancy rates and operators are able to slowly increase prices for the services. Because the returns are not attractive enough, new construction or substantial expansion in Europe is therefore not to be expected in the foreseeable future. Other regions, however, will see much cold store construction the coming years.


ENERGY SAVING TIPS FOR REFRIGERATION PLANTS
Operators of refrigerated warehouses and cold stores are always looking for ways to improve the energy efficiency of the facility. Here are some simple tips that can help.


THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER RACK SAFETY
Proper rack safety begins with the original design and installation of the uprights and beams, but proper handling practices are equally important to ensuring rack safety. With the majority of structural failures resulting from a lift truck collision or through misuse and overloading, cold store facilities should establish an ongoing safety mindset, according to industry experts.


COLD CHAIN PERFORMANCE ISSUES NOW AND IN THE FUTURE
The cold chain remains one of the most important ways to preserve perishables and deliver them to market in good condition. The various requirements for success in the cold chain are identified, and examples of what can go wrong are given. Environmental issues are considered. Solutions for the future relating to produce, equipment, stowage and handling, and logistics are identified. The main requirements are for education and training and for provision of good operating systems.

WOMEN IN LOGISTICS
In the logistics sector, women globally make up less than 30% of the workforce, according to a survey from Europhia Consulting. At management level, this is significantly lower with only 10% of the management-level staff being women.


MAINTENANCE OF PARKED LIFT TRUCKS
As a result of the difficult economic times, some warehouses and distribution centers have acted more as parking lots than workplaces for lift trucks. But underutilized equipment also requires maintenance, in order to put it back in to service at a moment´s notice.


THE POTENTIAL OF INDIA'S FOOD INDUSTRY
India is the world's second largest producer of food next to China, but accounts for only 1.6 per cent of international food trade. The government aims at increasing this share to three per cent in the next eight years. The country's population is nearly 17 per cent of the global population and is one of the most attractive consumer markets in the world today. Recognising an opportunity to grow, multinational food companies have entered this industry to meet consumer demand for convenience and value-added products. All this indicates vast potential for both investors and exporters.


VERIFYING COLD CHAIN COMPLIANCE FOR PERISHABLES
Perishable products must be maintained within a certain temperature range during storage and shipping. It is important not only to keep the temperature stable but also to be able to verify conditions at a later date. Data loggers can provide shipping temperature data to document a product's shipping history.


MANAGING WAREHOUSE LABOR COSTS

Labour costs comprise the largest part of a warehouse's operating expenses. For warehouse managers the challenge is to manage those costs without jeopardising customer service and reducing productivity. But what are the best ways to manage labour costs?


HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR FORKLIFT FLEET
Purchasing a new forklift can be expensive, but that's just a fraction of what it costs to operate it efficiently -- or inefficiently. Getting the most bang for your forklift buck means understanding the products you move and establishing baseline costs as a start. Here are 10 tips for optimizing your forklift fleet.


IMPROVING EFFICIENCY WITH THE 5S METHOD
Optimizing warehouse productivity requires work place organization and standardization. Or in other words: routines and orderliness are essential to a smooth and efficient flow of activities. A good foundation towards running a lean business is the so-called 5S-approach.


RUSSIAN FREIGHT INDUSTRY LOOKING FOR ALTERNATIVE ROUTES 
The import container volume for Russia reached 2.43 million TEUs in 2006, and is scheduled to grow at 25 percent annually, accordingg to USDA. The Port of St. Petersburg handled approximately 60% of this volume, but both the port and the inland infrastructure are struggling to cope with the constantly growing demand for capacity.


CONTAINER TRADE: REACHING THE GROWING RUSSIAN MARKET
The import container volume for Russia reached 2.43 million TEUs in 2006, and is scheduled to grow at 25 percent annually. Moscow and other cities and regions in the Russian intrior account for a major part of this growth.


MANAGING THE COLD CHAIN WITH WMS
Food companies have to deal with several factors that affect the way they can manage the cold chain for their refrigerated and frozen foods. With rising energy prices, it is imperative that they effectively manage costs on everything from the warehouse to freight and transportation. Warehouse management systems can provide a solution.