Chalmers Carr, CEO of Titan Farms, gives the keynote address at the 2017 Global Cold Chain Expo. ( Courtesy Global Cold Chain Alliance )

When the Global Cold Chain Alliance’s Global Cold Chain Expo debuted in Chicago in 2016, the association set out to highlight the expertise and knowledge its members have to a larger audience.

That audience?

Members of the fresh produce industry, from growers to marketers, distributors and retailers. As a co-located show with the United Fresh Produce Association’s conference and expo, June 25-27 in Chicago, the Global Cold Chain Expo gives attendees networking and contact opportunities with a critical segment of the supply chain.

“While our members had access to manufacturers and processors dealing in the refrigerated and frozen space, we wanted to allow them greater access to the fresh fruit and vegetable sector — which led to the cold chain show being co-located with United Fresh,” said Corey Rosenbusch, president and CEO of the Global Cold Chain Alliance.

“We’ve been happy thus far and look forward to growing attendance even more in the future as our members continue to offer the traditional 3PL solutions while introducing new, innovative value-added services that the produce, protein, seafood and dairy sectors need to maintain the quality of their brands and the integrity of the world’s food.”

The Global Cold Chain Expo returns to Chicago and the United Fresh Produce Association’s FreshTEC/FreshMKT expos.

Besides 12 hours of expo show packed with exhibitors, the Global Cold Chain Expo features more than 10 hours of educational programming, including:

  • Cold chain conference — Presentations aimed at middle managers of companies representing processors, distributors, transportation and the cold chain. Breakout sessions focus on facility managers, supply chain decision makers, and facility/corporate engineers.
  • Show floor education — highlights innovation and new products/technology.
  • Construction X-Change — sessions for construction professionals on trends and challenges, sponsored by the International Association for Cold Storage Construction.
  • Ask An Expert — Food scientists and logistics and packaging experts are ready to discuss cold chain challenges.

Rosenbusch said the Global Cold Chain Expo will give United Fresh attendees direct access to temperature-controlled technology and services to help maintain the quality and integrity of their brands.

“While there is an emphasis on produce, thanks to the United Fresh shows and the value-added services our 3PL members do for produce, the exhibitors and education at the Global Chain Expo serve food manufacturers and management at our own 3PL warehouse member companies who are looking for solutions to store, distribute, or build a facility meant specifically for perishable food — from meat and poultry to fresh fruits and vegetables,” Rosenbusch said.

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