Cool Chain Association looks at cutting food waste

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The Cool Chain Association (CCA) will host its fifth Global Perishables Event in Venlo, the Netherlands, focusing on how airfreight can reduce food loss.

Waste-to-energy solutions, cool chain standards and collaboration with blockchain are just some of the topics to be debated at the two-day event, which will also include a tour of the Fresh Park Venlo facilities.

CCA launched a pilot data sharing initiative to monitor shipments of commodities such as avocados and berries on trade lanes from Latin America to Europe and from the USA to the Middle East.

The data will be analysed by food waste prevention consultant and CCA researcher, Philippe Schuler who will present preliminary results on the first day of the CCA event, which takes place on 14 and 15 May.

Stavros Evangelakakis, chairman of the Cool Chain Association and global product manager healthcare and perishables at Cargolux Airlines International says: “With a third of the world’s food going to waste it is important that, from grower to consumer, we all contribute to taking action. Our perishables event will provide a networking platform for change as well as an opportunity for delegates to see first-hand Europe’s largest fresh hub in operation.”

The event will include a visit to the Fresh Park Venlo where delegates will see what happens to food once it is waste.

Jan Vorstermans, business development manager of Fresh Park Venlo says: “Venlo is a strategic location, with four modal connections, including road, rail, barge, and air between the mainports of Rotterdam and Antwerp, a food production area, and close to the German and European Union markets.”