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2nd Cool Logistics Africa conference to focus on innovation, investment and efficiency

Press Release   •   Aug 14, 2012 16:58 CEST

Cool Logistics conference returns to Cape Town in April 2013 to continue the debate on delivering better cold chain costs and efficiency for Africa’s perishable trades.

London, 14.08.2012 – The cost of shipping a 40ft refrigerated container from Mozambique is over three times higher than moving the same box from the Philippines and almost 16 times more than from Port Moin in Costa Rica. This high transport cost differential is just one of the factors hampering the competitiveness of Africa’s perishable trades, said Mark Hassenkamp, CEO of Corvus Investments International and advisor to Chiquita Brands International, at the first Cool LogisticsTM Africa conference earlier this year.

Hassenkamp has just been announced as a member of the industry advisory board consulting with event organiser Cool Logistics Resources to plan content for Cool Logistics Africa 2013. Returning to Cape Town on 16-18 April 2013, the 2nd Cool Logistics Africa conference will continue the debate on how to deliver Africa’s cold chain potential, with a focus on innovation, investment and efficiency.

Other industry advisors so far confirmed for the 2013 conference include: Max Braun of Max Braun Consulting Services; Mitchell Brooke, Logistics Development Manager of Citrus Growers' Association of Southern Africa, Andy Connell, Business Unit Manager, Shipping & Logistics at Dole Foods South Africa; Prof. Malcolm Dodd, Managing Director of Coldchain Solutions; Deon Joubert, General Manager Operations for Capespan Exports and Iain McIntosh, General Manager Sales, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL). Dole Foods will also sponsor.

“Measuring progress in reducing perishable logistics costs 12 months on will be one of the key issues to be addressed next April,” said Alex von Stempel, co-director at Cool Logistics Resources.

Topics next year will include a review of global and Africa perishable trades, combining macro- and micro-economic trends in Sub-Saharan Africa. New themes will include agricultural investment, a focus on first mile distribution in dairy, fruit shipments to the retail sector and distribution centres, food processing and the use of temperature technology in both transport and static environments, as well as extended sessions on air and ocean freight.

“The 2nd Cool Logistics Africa is designed to complement our established Cool Logistics Global event in Europe, and will connect African perishable producers, exporters, importers and retailers with global and regional logistics and transport expertise”, added Rachael White co-director at Cool Logistics Resources. “We’re delighted with the active industry encouragement we have received to return to Africa and are looking forward to growing and improving the event in 2013.”


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About Cool Logistics Resources

Cool Logistics Resources Ltd. provides high-quality business intelligence, relationship-building and networking for supply chain, logistics and transport professionals in the international perishables markets.
Staged for the fourth time in 2012, the annual Cool Logistics Global conference brings together logistics and transport professionals from around the world to assess key trends and best practice in end-to-end logistics for chilled and frozen goods, including market outlook, shipper needs, maritime and air transport, landside logistics, cold chain technology and more.

Launched in 2012, the Cool Logistics Africa conference assembles all of the key players to discuss how to deliver cold chain capacity, services and skills for Africa to compete fully on the world perishables stage, grow regional trade and ensure efficient distribution for vital food imports.

The two live events are supported year-round by the Cool Logistics discussion group on LinkedIn, Twitter and website activity, and the online Cool Logistics Community for conference participants.