Global Cold Chain Scenario

October 3, 2017

“Sustaining the cold chain capabilities becomes increasingly challenging as population grow and New Technologies Emerge”

The cold chain market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.0%, in terms of value, from 2017 to reach a projected value of USD 271.30 Billion by 2022. The growing consumer demand for perishable foods, growth of international trade due to trade liberalization, and expansion of food retail chains by multinationals are the factors driving the cold chain market. Government support for infrastructure development drives the cold chain industry.

The leading players that dominated the cold chain market include Americold Logistics (U.S.), Preferred Freezer Services (U.S.), Burris Logistics (U.S.), Lineage Logistics Holding LLC (U.S.), and Nichirei Logistics Group Inc. (Japan).

The key players have been exploring the market in new regions by adopting mergers & acquisitions, expansions, investments, new service launches, agreements, collaborations, and joint ventures as their preferred strategies. Key players have been exploring new geographies through expansions and acquisitions across the globe to avail competitive advantage through combined synergies.

The global cold chain market is expanding with considerable growth potential over the next five years. The growth of this market can be attributed to the growth of international trade of perishable foods, technological advancements in refrigerated storage & transport, government support for infrastructure development of the cold chain industry and increase of consumer demand for perishable foods. Also, expansion of food retail chains by multinationals will enhance international trade and impact the growth of the cold chain market. Dairy & frozen desserts segment projected to be the largest segment in 2017

Dairy & frozen desserts is estimated to account for the largest market share in the cold chain market in 2017, due to their need for constant temperature control being temperature sensitive products, dust, and exposure to sunlight. Dairy & frozen desserts are witnessing high demand due to economic growth and rapid urbanization, along with sophisticated marketing channels which have led to significant changes in dietary patterns. Government guidelines in China state that milk is a major source of calcium and protein, and recommend regular milk consumption, which has led to milk and dairy products being incorporated into the daily diet of consumers.

Frozen products: The most widely consumed type of products preferred in cold chain application

The frozen products segment is estimated to account for the largest share in the cold chain market, in terms of value, in 2017. A wide variety of products such as ice cream, meat, and seafood are stored at freezing temperatures of between -18° C to -24° C. Freezing preserves the taste, texture, and nutritional value of foods better than other preservation methods. Cold chain for frozen foods provides uninterrupted handling of the product within a low temperature environment during the steps of the value chain, which include harvest, collection, packing, processing, storage, transport, and marketing until it reaches the final consumer.

Europe estimated to be the most lucrative market for cold chain

In 2017, the European region is estimated to hold a significant share in the global cold chain market. The major drivers for this significant share of the European region are due to the consumers demand for quality attributes such as safety, taste, and freshness in their food. The current trend in the refrigerated transport market in Europe is that food product manufacturers and retailers move from local service providers to larger Pan-European service providers due to the development of network-focused technological solutions, technological upgradation in refrigerated systems & transport, and focus on implementation of quality standards set by public and private sectors.


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