Regular readers of our blog are familiar with the concept of the cold chain. It is something that we take for granted in the West, yet something that is desperately needed in developing countries. As such, a brand-new commission has been formed to look at the future of the cold chain and how it can be utilised to end food waste and worldwide hunger. Its scope will go well beyond things such as retail refrigeration and refrigerated trailer rental.
Lord Robin Teverson, climate change spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats, has been chosen to lead the cross-industry commission in conjunction with the Birmingham Energy Institute at the University of Birmingham. Teverson makes no apologies for his position that rising global temperatures are increasing the demand for a reliable cold chain around the world. He also sees the wasting of as much as 30% of the world's food supply as a scandal that needs to be addressed.
The commission will look at the future of the cold chain in relation to five questions summarised here:
- 1. What will be the demand for worldwide cooling in 2030 and beyond?
- 2. What would be the environmental, economic and health impact of retaining the status quo?
- 3. What would be the full economic impact of developing a new cold chain business strategy?
- 4. What does the UK need, in terms of industry, skill, and R&D, to be the global leader in cold chain development?
- 5. Is the need for the cold chain an integral part of policy making relating to energy, air quality, transport, etc.?
Whether or not the commission comes up with any practical solutions to the current weaknesses in the cold chain remains to be seen. But there is no way to understand how things can be improved without first taking a look at where we are now and where we will be in the future if nothing changes.
Doing Our Part
The largest of our freezer trailers, the 3.0m is popular with caterers, hotels and restaurants. Especially useful where a freezer breakdown has occurred or where extra frozen food storage is required.
Here at Icecool Trailers, we are doing our part to maintain the cold chain throughout London, the Thames Valley, and elsewhere in England and Wales. Our primary mission is to provide temporary, portable refrigeration to the hospitality, food service, technology, education, and healthcare sectors. We are known across England as a reputable company for refrigerated trailer rental.
A purpose-built medium capacity fridge trailer ideal for extra chilled storage. This trailer will suit the catering trade in particular, as well as those organising outdoor events and off-site catering activities. It has a capacity of approximately 6 cubic metres (internal).
If we are to continue being a leading player in the local cold chain, we must continue meeting the needs of our clients as we have been for more than 20 years. That means providing trailers and walk-in rooms at affordable rates, and in accordance with the needs of our clients. It also means providing them with reliable equipment that they will not have to worry about for the duration of their rental.
Icecool Trailers is committed to providing long and short-term temporary refrigeration for both emergency and planned events. Our refrigerated trailer rental also includes freezer trailers, delivered to your location and set up with complete shelving and lighting. Icecool Trailers also rents walk-in freezers and cold rooms for interior cold storage space.
If we can help maintain a successful cold chain on your behalf, do not hesitate to contact us. We provide service throughout England and Wales including Bristol, Bath, Avon, and Somerset.Sources:
1. RAC – http://www.racplus.com/news/-lib-dem-lord-to-lead-cross-industry-cold-chain-commission-to-raise-profile-of-cold/8680375.article