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Cold chain capacity grows in emerging markets

ALEXANDRIA, VA: September 14, 2016. The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) says cold storage capacity has risen 8.6 percent since 2014 to reach a total of 600 million cubic meters this year, with much of it from new construction in emerging markets.

During the last two years the GCCA says approximately 11 million cubic meters of additional reefer capacity has been added to the market from South Korea, Peru, Mauritius, Ecuador and Kenya.

Corey Rosenbusch, GCCA president and CEO said: "We have been watching the shift in capacity as a product of middle class growth in emerging markets like China and India even as consolidation occurs in other developed markets."

LH Perishables FRAVictoria Salin, a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University, noted construction also occurred in markets that previously had little cold storage capacity including Uzbekistan and Turkey.

"Having tracked the trends in refrigerated warehousing for several years, we are now able to establish that large-format supermarket retailing is a leading indicator of warehousing in nearly all countries (India is the exception)," Salin commented. "In countries where the rate of supermarket expansion exceeded 25 percent per year, the refrigerated warehouse market penetration per capita grew by 20 percent or better."

GCCA represents more than 1,300 companies in 75 countries by who provide temperature-controlled supply chain services to the global food industry. Over 40 percent of its members are outside North America.

Meanwhile in Frankfurt, Lufthansa Cargo and its 4,600 sq.mt. cool chain center (right) have been certified an IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) in pharma logistics.

"In achieving IATA CEIV pharma certification across its global network, Lufthansa Cargo joins an elite group of six airlines whose customers can have even more confidence that their pharmaceuticals will be delivered in impeccable condition," said Glyn Hughes, IATA global head of Cargo. "IATA has created CEIV Pharma to help airlines, handlers and forwarders to be compliant with international regulations and to create one global standard for transporting pharmaceuticals."

The Lufthansa Cargo Cool Center includes four cold-storage rooms kept at different temperatures as well as a deep-freeze room. "Pharmaceutical shipments are extremely challenging and demand maximum reliability from airlines. Adhering to the required temperature is crucial to ensure medication can be used as planned following shipping," said Alexis von Hoensbroech, Lufthansa Cargo head of Product and Sales.

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