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Refrigerated Transport Market to Reach 14.1 Billion USD by 2020

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The report Refrigerated Transport Market by Commodity Type (Chilled & Frozen), Mode of Transportation (road Sea, Rail, Air), Vehicle Type (LCV, MHCV, HCV), Technology (Vapour Compression Systems & Cryogenic systems), & by Region – Global Forecast to 2020”, classifies and defines the refrigerated transport market in terms of value and volume. The report highlights potential growth opportunities in the coming years as well as covers review of the market drivers, restraints, growth indicators, challenges, market dynamics, competitive landscape, and other key aspects with respect to the refrigerated transport market. It also focuses on key market players and their strategies, along with recent developments.

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The market size for the refrigerated vehicle market is projected to reach USD 14.1 Billion by 2020 witnessing a CAGR of 6.27% during the forecast period. The market size, in terms of volume, for the refrigerated transport, by perishable commodities is projected to a CAGR of 2.53% to 3.01 Billion tons during the forecast period.

The refrigerated vehicle market is dominated by few top players such as

  • China International Marine Containers (Group) Co. Ltd. (China)
  • United Technologies Corporation (U.S.)
  • Ingersoll Rand Inc.
  • (Ireland), Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company (U.S.)
  • Daikin industries Limited (Japan), along with regional suppliers.

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Increasing concerns for food safety will spur the demand for refrigerated vehicles

Refrigerated transportation is a critical link in the overall cold chain logistic operations. The localization of perishable commodities, growing population, coupled with rise in freight transportation due to economic development, has fueled the market for refrigerated transportation. Freight operators have also invested in the replacement of the equipment used for refrigerated transportation. In countries such as China and India, the current vehicle fleet is proving to be insufficient, given the high levels of population and rising per capita income. Government is facing a challenge of food wastage and initiatives are being undertaken by various government agencies to preserve the quality of the food during storage and distribution. Quality of food consumed is also a priority for the end users in the wake of increasing income. Initiatives for food security and changing perceptions of the end users are estimated to drive the demand for refrigerated vehicles.

Increase in Demand for Frozen Perishables

Globally, shifts in economic, social, and demographic trends are bound to put pressure on food suppliers. These changes will reshape the consumption pattern and consumer perception of frozen foods. The projected growth of frozen foods is promising, with growth opportunities from emerging markets such as the countries of the Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

As frozen foods have a longer shelf life, they are preferred when climatic conditions affect crop productivity. Food manufacturers include frozen foods in processed and packaged foods to provide consumers with food products at affordable prices. Freezing techniques provide the perfect solution to move food from the farmer’s market to the supermarket by improving affordability, accessibility, and preventing loss of food.

In the frozen food category, there is a huge opportunity in developing countries and developed countries. In developing markets such as India, China, and Latin American countries, the growing incomes are leading to growth in the middle-class population who are eager to try out different ethnic and international cuisine. The growth of service sectors such as fast food chains, quick service restaurants, and hypermarkets are accelerating the growth of frozen foods.

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NewCold strengthens logistics fleet as deep-freeze operations take shape

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Fast-growing NewCold Advanced Cold Logistics is renewing its fleet of 36 tractors with Volvo FH 6x2s following continued and steady demand for its services.

The 500hp Euro 6 vehicles, supplied by dealer Crossroads Truck & Bus in Birstall, are equipped with Volvo’s innovative I-Shift transmission. They all have Globetrotter cabs and a 4.1m wheelbase to maximise fuel capacity. The vehicles are being supplied on a full three-year contract hire package.

Wakefield-based NewCold is also taking delivery of a further six new Gray & Adams 44-pallet floating deck trailers in January, which will bring the double-deck fleet to 12. This fleet will continue to expand in 2017 to fulfil NewCold’s ambitious environmental goals to minimise food miles and harmful emissions – the company expects to take delivery of around 30 more double-deck trailers by the end of the year.

NewCold’s Country Director, Jon Miles, said: “The FH4 500 is loved by our drivers and the truck also gives good journey times while giving great returns on fuel. With Crossroads Truck & Bus close to our operating centre we get world-class service to maximise up-time.”

Mr Miles said that NewCold would continue to grow as manufacturers see the benefits of the company’s “first-class service being currently delivered from our national distribution hub at Wakefield”.

“The outstanding transport service we provide, together with our world class warehouse automation model and our strategic location, make NewCold the benchmark performer in our industry,” added Mr Miles.

Further information:

NewCold Advanced Cold Logistics is the fastest growing specialist deep-frozen warehousing and distribution global player whose world-class systems, energy efficiency and productivity make it stand out from other conventional cold storage companies.

In 2015 NewCold made its first foray into the UK, opening an ambitious, highly automated, 40m-high cold storage plant on a green field site in Wakefield, Yorkshire.

Over the last few years the company has demonstrated its ability to provide a total integrated cold chain logistics service for food manufacturers and retailers in the major European countries. By building a series of state-of-the-art cold stores in the UK, France, Germany and Poland, NewCold is now able to provide full pan-European frozen food supply chain services for its customers, including Unilever and Froneri.

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TruTac software suite provides compliance and control for Barnack Transport

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Peterborough’s Barnack Storage and Logistics is part of the wider Barnack Group which was first established in 1986. 30 years on, it set out to complete its full ‘farm-to-folk’ service provision with its own in-house transport arm, Barnack Transport Services, under the stewardship of Transport Manager Maurice Lane. One of the first things he did was turn to TruTac for help with compliance.

161116-trutac-software-suite-provides-compliance-and-control-for-barnack-transport“I’d seen TruTac’s products demonstrated previously and was very impressed with the set up” Maurice explains, “so when I changed job to come to Barnack I contacted them directly and asked them to come and talk to us.”  As a new start up, there was a lot to get in place in time for the May 2016 launch. “We now use pretty much everything TruTac do” Maurice enthuses. “We use TruControl for driver-hours analysis, TruLicence for checking and verification of employees’ entitlement to drive, and the digicard-based TruTime for clocking in and out.”

Between them, Maurice says these three components are saving him both time and worry. “The automated reports we get on a weekly basis give me a quick view of how we’re performing and whether we’ve got any issues needing attention, while the desktop view via the Dashboard makes it very clear as to what the more detailed situation is at the touch of a button” he says.

The TruTac software is also very easy to use. “Even when you go in to look at issues in depth, pulling up the various reports and charts available, again it’s very clear to navigate, a very well thought out system.”

All in all, Maurice Lane is so impressed with what he’s seen so far of TruTac’s capabilities he’s now starting to roll out the final piece in the jigsaw: TruChecks – which allows drivers to record the completion of each step of their daily vehicle checks and report any defects in real time via an app on their mobile phone. “Initially we had agency drivers rather than our own full time people, but that’s starting to change now, so we’ll be implementing TruChecks in the next three to four weeks” he confirms. “From my perspective the whole TruTac system gives me everything I require as a Transport Manager to keep an eye on what is happening in our operation and engage with what needs to be done.”

Further information:

Jemma James, Commercial Director

TruTac Limited
Unit 5 Westwood House
Westwood Business Park
Coventry
CV4 8HS

Telephone: 02476 690000
Mobile: 07894 475074
Email: jemma.james@trutac.co.uk
Web: www.trutac.co.uk

 

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Cold Chain Market worth 234.49 Billion USD by 2020

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The report Cold Chain Market by Type (Refrigerated Storage, Transport), Temperature Range (Chilled, Frozen), Technology (Air Blown, Eutectic), Application (Fruits & Vegetables, Bakery & Confectionery, Dairy, Meat, Fish & Seafood) & Region – Global Forecast to 2020″, is estimated to be valued at USD 167.24 Billion in 2015, and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.0% from 2015 to 2020, to reach a value of USD 234.49 Billion. The cold chain in the food & beverages industry has been in demand owing to the growth in international trade for perishable food products, changing consumer preferences, and government initiatives for cold chain infrastructure development. Cold chain service providers focus on adopting new technologies to cater to the increasing demand for food safety in processed and convenience foods. Hence, cold chain will be viewed as a business opportunity in the next five years. As a result, many multinational players have entered into providing cold chain solutions.

Target Audience:

  • Cold chain service providers
  • Third party logistics (3PL) providers
  • Research institutions
  • Raw material suppliers
  • Cold chain solution providers
  • Government bodies
  • Distributors
  • End-users (food industry)

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On the basis of application, the meat, fish & seafood segment is projected to dominate the cold chain market

The meat, fish & seafood segment has been estimated to lead the market in terms of value. The fruits & vegetables application segment of the global cold chain market is expected to grow at comparatively higher CAGR due to the rise in awareness of health products.

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Frozen products are the most-widely consumed type of products

In 2014, the frozen segment accounted for the largest share in the cold chain market in terms of value. However, the chilled segment is projected to grow at comparatively higher CAGR due to the increasing demand for low temperatures at the time of storage, handling, distribution, retail display, and consumer storage.

Increasing health-consciousness among the consumers in developed and developing countries to boost the cold chain market

Countries in the Asia-Pacific, Latin American, and the Middle East regions are prospering in terms of the increasing usage of cold chain in the food industry. The rising population levels have also led to the rise in demand for processed and convenience foods, which is in turn driving the market for cold chain of perishable food products.

This report includes a study of marketing and development strategies, along with the product portfolios of leading companies. It includes the profiles of leading companies such as Americold Logistics, LLC (U.S.), Preferred Freezer Services (U.S.), Burris Logistics (U.S.), Lineage Logistics Holdings, LLC (U.S.), and Nichirei Logistics Group Inc. (Japan).

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France’s national blood transfusion service, the Établissement Français de Sang (EFS) – interview with Dr Jean-Pierre Zappitelli

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Dr Jean-Pierre Zappitelli is a pharmacologist and biologist, who works as the senior manager of the Aix-en-Provence laboratory of France’s national blood transfusion service, the Établissement Français de Sang (EFS). He discusses his work within the context of managing the cold chain for blood products

How does the EFS laboratory in Aix-en-Provence fit in with the rest of the EFS and how would you describe your work?

The EFS is France’s sole operator of blood transfusions and its work covers the processing of donations of blood, plasma and platelets. The EFS is France’s safety guarantor of the blood transfusion chain, from donor to recipient. It supports the care of over 1 million patients per annum across France and its overseas territories via 132 fixed and some 40,000 mobile donation sites.

pic-1-esf-laboratories-in-alpes-mediterrarnee-regionThe EFS laboratory in Aix-en-Provence is a reception and distribution point of blood products that have been tested post-donation for pathogens and are ready to be used. In 2015, it processed 20,148 units of blood products (17,529 units of red blood cells; 1,148 units of platelets and 1,471 units of plasma) for the care of 3,759 patients.

I’m the Aix-en-Provence laboratory’s senior manager responsible for delivery and distribution of blood products. By “delivery”, we mean blood products for specific named patients, while by “distribution” we mean for unnamed patients, for instance for hospital stock top-ups.

My work involves ensuring firstly that all of the products we receive are safe to use; secondly that while these products are in the laboratory’s care, they are stored correctly; and lastly, that they are correctly labelled and packed when they leave the laboratory.

How does the Aix-en-Provence laboratory manage the cold chain for the blood products in its care?

This is achieved by maintaining and monitoring the temperature in various areas in the laboratory.

Firstly, the ambient temperature in the laboratory itself is maintained at 25°C. We do this because this is the recommended temperature for the products that are used to determine blood type. If for some reason, this temperature level of 25°C is breached, an alarm sounds and dealing with this issue becomes the primary task that is attended to.

pic-2-refrigerator-temperature-monitorSecondly, all units of blood products – platelets, red blood cells and plasma – are all kept in their own designated refrigerators. These all have a temperature indicator on their door, as well as an independent temperature monitor that is linked to an online map of all of the refrigerators in the laboratory, that is updated in real time with a full suite of data analytics.

The laboratory’s refrigerators have a safety feature whereby whenever one is opened and then closed, a magnet is activated and it cannot be opened for one minute in order to restore the correct ambient temperature within it.

Thirdly, all units of blood products come to the laboratory from regional stock in their own type of container with a “thermo-button” temperature data logger that has monitored the ambient temperature within every container we receive. These temperature data logger are checked using a sensor linked to a PC to ensure that the cold chain wasn’t broken prior to reception. (Some other laboratories in the region use RFID data loggers and for these, the crates don’t need to be opened for data monitoring downloads.)

pic-3-thermo-button-temperature-data-logger-and-sensorAlso, all the bags of products in a group of bags are attached together with a self-locking cable tie that can only be removed by cutting it with pliers.

For blood products that leave our laboratory or may be returned, we group these units of blood products with both a self-locking cable tie and a thermo-button temperature data logger.

Lastly, every group of blood product bags is labelled with a tag indicating source, destination, required temperature and a security notice around handling. Also, every bag of blood product has its own barcode allowing for full traceability.

The laboratory also needs to consider how deliveries of bags of blood products are managed and for this we use two systems: either refrigerated vehicles or isothermal padding.

For bags of red blood cells and platelets, plastic crates are used for transportation in refrigerated vehicles. The crates contain the appropriate type of ice-pack to ensure optimal temperature levels within the crates. Also, these let in the cooled refrigerated air within the vehicle to further ensure that the correct temperature is maintained within them.

For deliveries of bags of frozen plasma, air-tight isothermal crates with extra isothermal padding and its appropriate type of ice-pack. Also, all units of frozen plasma are protected with bubble wrap to avoid any breakages during transportation.

Lastly, all crates are labelled with information regarding source, destination, required temperature and a security notice around handling. Naturally, only authorised personnel can open a crate and this too is indicated on every crate.

How does the laboratory manage suspect items?

The main rule we work by is to eliminate all doubt around decision making about a product. Either it is objectively safe to use or it isn’t, and both of these scenarios are backed up by data, or a lack thereof.

pic-4-thermo-button-temperature-data-logger-readout-within-2c-and-6c-rangeUntil we can determine that a suspect unit of product is safe to use, it’s placed in a quarantine refrigerator until its safety has been 100% confirmed. If this can be done, it then is moved to the appropriate refrigerator. If this cannot be done, it’s disposed of by means of incineration.

Also, any such suspect product, which goes on to be disposed of, is fully documented to ensure full traceability.

In the lab, we make sure that the technicians who process the products we process are never in any doubt about what course of action they need to take.

Our safety systems are built to enable any of our processes to stop at any point. There’s simply no room for error. Patients’ lives are at stake.

What are the risks if the cold chain is broken (plus or minus)?

The risks associated with managing the cold chain for blood products underpins all our work.

If the cold chain for a bag of red blood cells is broken, say during transport, and its core temperature rises above 10°C, the risk is that the patient receives a transfusion that is infected by potentially harmful bacteria. And even with minute amounts of bacteria, at temperatures above 10°C bacterial reproduction can be considerable. For a healthy person, this needn’t necessarily be a problem, but for an already weakened sick patient, it can be extremely dangerous. And for temperatures below 2°C, the risk here is that ice crystals will form, thus impairing its oxygenation property.

Similarly, if platelets are stored or transported at temperatures below the specified limit, there is also an inefficiency risk. So if for example these are stored or transported at a temperature of 12°C instead of 24°C, the purpose of the transfusion (to replace platelets further to some chemotherapy therapy) will be adversely affected, which again poses a danger to the patient. And just like red blood cells stored or transported at a temperature above 24°C, the risk is bacterial reproduction is very high.

pic-5-bag-of-frozen-plasma-1For plasma, the risk when the cold chain is breached is that the product will be altered very rapidly. Plasma is an extremely fragile product that must be used within six hours of being unfrozen.

The final risk around managing the cold chain for blood products is around the labelling of each item. This is why we use various identification tools, including unique barcodes on every bag of blood product. During transport for instance, correct labelling ensures the timely and correct delivery of blood products.

When this doesn’t happen, stocks of blood products could be either delivered to the wrong destination, or arrive late, leading to patients not benefiting from them when they need them or a hospital’s stocks running low, or worse running out, which again puts patients at risk. Furthermore, incorrect labelling inevitably leads to unnecessary wastage to eliminate any chance of putting a patient at risk with a potentially unsound product.

Managing these risks is why for every unit of blood product, there has to be absolute certainty regarding where it’s come from and what its destination is. There’s no room for any grey areas in our work. We only work with 100% certainty around the safety protocols for the blood products we process.

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New Loading Docks Boost Pallet Capacity for Buffaload

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Buffaload Logistics has opened a new 6-bay cross-docking facility at its 16 acre Huntingdon headquarters which, says the company, will increase capacity by up to 50% and provide a permanent ‘buffer’ for peak seasonal demands.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADesigned to accommodate Buffaload’s unique high capacity double deck temperature controlled trailers, the chilled facility will take in trunked loads from various suppliers during the afternoon and then cross-dock via specific customer-designated lanes for consolidation and onward movement to various retailer RDCs throughout the night.

“This impressive new chilled pallet handling facility” says Sales Director Graham Usher, “complements our existing cross-docking operations and gives us the capacity to cope with any level of demand. We currently operate 65 double deck reefers, each of which can carry up to 44 pallets at up to 1.85m in height and at 60% greater capacity than a conventional 13.6m trailer, that adds up to a significant pallet throughput  every night”.

Buffload As a further part of the company’s ongoing growth programme and due to come on stream during next year and 2016, Buffaload expects to open a  7,500 sq. metre temperature-controlled warehouse and 6 bay workshop  at the Huntingdon site. Buffaload will also be taking delivery of additional double deck trailers during 2014.

Buffaload offers the following services:-

  • Temperature Controlled Transportation
  • Ambient, Chilled and Frozen storage
  • Rental of Double Deck Trailers
  • Rental of Urban Multi temp trailers
  • Temperature Controlled Consolidation with cross dock loading
  • Storage and Distribution of High Value and Perishable Goods
  • Double Deck loading bay modifications
  • Double deck serving and & repairs
  • Trailer servicing and repairs
  • Fridge repairs
  • Emergency Courier Logistics
  • Loading Dock modification to accommodate double deck trailer

Buffaload Logistics

Grove Lane

Ellington

Cambridgeshire

PE28 0AA

Tel: 08700 343343

Email: info@buffaload.co.uk

Web: www.buffaload.co.uk

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