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Cool Logistics Africa returns to Cape Town on 4-6 March 2014

Press Release   •   Aug 28, 2013 15:02 CEST

Important date for your perishable logistics calendar: 4-6 March 2014

London, 28.08.2013 – Following two successful events in 2012 and 2013, Cool Logistics Africa returns in 2014 to Cape Town, at the heart of the Southern Africa citrus industry, to continue the debate on how to foster Africa’s perishables trade growth - by land, air and sea.

Moving to a new timeslot in early March, coinciding with preparations for the upcoming citrus export season, Cool Logistics Africa 2014 will once again provide a platform for everyone concerned with improving Africa’s perishable supply chain efficiency to connect, communicate and do business. 

One of the biggest stumbling blocks across the African Continent remains the lack of adequate infrastructure and the need to overcome operational deficiencies, staff shortages and new ways of tackling burdensome bureaucracy.

The theme of the third conference will be ‘Developing new perishable trade and logistics growth strategies across the Sub-Saharan region’. 

Confirmed speakers so far include Sanjeev Gadhia, CEO of Astral Aviation who will talk about Intra-Africa perishable trade. Also, Saxen van Coller, CEO of Dube TradePort will present the Dube AgriZone, an exciting new development making for Africa’s first integrated perishables supply chain in close proximity to the new airport in Durban, thus ensuring minimal handling time from harvest to transit.

The conference programme will enjoy the support of a carefully selected editorial advisory board designed to help shape the content of and balance of the end product. The advisory board includes: 

  • Steve Cameron, Vice Chairman, Business Council for Africa
  • Andy Connell, Business Unit Manager Shipping & Logistics, Dole Foods South Africa
  • Sanjeev Gadhia, CEO, Astral Aviation
  • Ralf Heske, Regional Seafreight Manager Reefer Africa, Kuehne + Nagel
  • Deon Joubert, General Manager, Capespan Fruit Logistics, South Africa
  • Iain McIntosh, General Manager Sales, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), Southern Africa
  • Jan Prins, Managing Director, Jittu Horticulture, Ethiopia
  • Danie Schoeman, Experienced Logistics and Supply Chain Professional and former Managing Director of FPT
  • Hasit Shah, Managing Director, Group Sunripe, Director COLEACP and Vice Chair Kenya Shippers Council
  • Saxen van Coller, CEO, Dube TradePort
  • Prof. Nick Vink, Chair, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

“Cool Logistics Africa has become a recognized platform for driving perishable logistics towards new levels of efficiency, promoting trade facilitation and forging international links with perishable markets in and outside Africa,’ says Alex von Stempel, Managing Director, Cool Logistics Resources.

Combining global and regional logistics expertise with local market needs, including intra-Africa trade development for all types of products that require temperature control, Cool Logistics Africa will once again provide a potent forum for debate, learning and networking.

3rd Cool Logistics Africa
4-6 March 2014
Vineyard Hotel & Spa, Cape Town
South Africa


Information for the media:

For more information on this release, to arrange press passes to attend a Cool Logistics conference, or to discuss a media partnership arrangement, please contact: Holly Thompson, Communications Executive, Cool Logistics Resources Ltd | +44 208 506 3903 |

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.

The annual Cool Logistics Global conference in Europe 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, ocean and air transport, landside logistics, cold chain technology and more.

The annual Cool Logistics Africa assembles all of the key players to discuss how to deliver better cold chain costs and efficiency for Africa’s perishable export, import and regional trades.

The two live events are supported year-round by the Cool Logistics discussion group on LinkedIn, social media and website activity, and the online Cool Logistics Community for conference participants. Cool Logistics also offers latest industry news through The Coolstar, its joint venture information portal focused on all things perishable.