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Eastern European logistics firms providing connected technology to drive cold chain expansion

Steve Rogerson
August 12, 2015
Third-party logistics providers based out of Eastern Europe are developing their infrastructure by networking the hubs and distribution centres, helping to boost the cold chain market across all Europe.
According to a report from Research & Markets, the cold chain market in Europe is set to grow at a CAGR of 12.2 per cent from 2014 to 2019. The growth of the chilled and frozen food industry is said to be a key market driver.
Vendors are looking towards unified systems, says the report, and not just focusing on warehousing and transportation as a stand-alone service. Retailers are focusing on integrated logistics for their overall procurement.
Emphasis is on taking a proactive approach to the cold chain with customer-centric service rather than just providing independent transportation or storage services.
The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the cold chain market from 2015 to 2019. To calculate the market size, the report considers revenue generated by third-party cold chain logistic providers. The market size is also calculated based on revenue generated from refrigerated warehousing and refrigerated transportation of temperature-sensitive food products.
The report, Cold Chain Market in Europe 2015-2019, has been prepared based on market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers Western Europe and Eastern Europe; it also covers the cold chain market landscape in Europe and its growth prospects in the coming years.
Key vendors, it says, are Bring Frigo, Gruppo Marconi Logistica Integrata Del Freddo, Kloosterboer, MUK Logistik, Nichirei Logistics Group and Partner Logistics. Other prominent vendors include Agro Merchants Group, Blokland Cold Stores, C&M Cold Stores, Claus Sørensen, Coldstar, Colfridis Invest, Fresh Logic, Frio Puerto Valencia, Frissul Entrepostos Frigorificos, KWH Freeze, Leen Menken Distri-Services, Mave, Nordic Cold Storage, RLS Logistics, Stockhabo, Tiefkühlcenter Bocholt and VPA Logistics.
The report defines a cold chain as a type of supply chain that involves the storage and transportation of temperature-sensitive goods. Thermal and refrigerated packaging methods are used to help with the transportation and storage of temperature-sensitive goods; extensive logistics planning ensures the integrity of these goods.