London, 29.07.2014 – From fresh produce to protein, cargo owners involved in the fresh and frozen business are counting the costs of specialist transport, logistics and technology as they seek to maintain and grow margins at a time of continued economic uncertainty worldwide. And they are coming to the Cool Logistics Global conference, 30 Sep-2 Oct, Rotterdam, to explore and define what different perishable trades expect in 2015.
Latest major shippers confirmed to speak include Walter Vermeer, Category Procurement Manager Logistics at Friesland Campina, one of the five largest dairy companies in the world, Jean Vanmalle, Logistics Director with Compagnie Fruitiere, Jelger de Vriend, Managing Director Retail and Jeppe Kold, Logistics Manager at Total Produce Direct and David Sussmann, President of Seafoodexport.
With annual revenues of €11.4 billion, FrieslandCampina supplies dairy-based beverages, infant nutrition, cheese, desserts and ingredients to consumers and professional customers in over 100 countries across Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa. Since May of this year, Mr Vermeer has been responsible for the company’s team of buyers globally for logistics services and transport, including liquid bulk transport, warehousing, distribution, pool services, inland barge, seafreight and airfreight.
Compagnie Fruitiere, which produces more than 500, 000 tonnes of fruit and vegetables in the Africa-Caribbean-Pacific zone including bananas, pineapples and cherry tomatoes, also owns specialist reefer carrier Africa Express Line and is involved in continually building end-to end perishable supply chains, including, trucking, terminal operations, shipping and cold storage.
Total Produce is one of the leading fresh produce providers worldwide, with operations in Europe, India and North America, involved in growing, sourcing, importing, packaging, distributing and marketing over 200 lines of fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers. The company distributes approximately 300 million cartons of fresh produce to the retail, wholesale, foodservice and processing sectors across Europe and North America annually.
6th Cool Logistics Global, 30 September – 2 October 2014, SS Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands