Some of the Key speakers include:

  • Dr. Abdrahman Basbous
    Pharmacist and Inspection
    Jordan Food and Drug Authority

  • Claus Nickel
    Cargo Product
    Development Manager
    Emirates SkyCargo

  • Debashis Sinha
    Senior Demand Manager,
    Gulf and Near East Rx,
    Glaxo Smith Kline

  • Dr.Samer Ellahham
    Chief Quality Officer
    Sheikh Khalifa Medical City

  • Prof. Dr. Tawfik A. M. Khoja
    Director General Executive Board,
    Health Ministers’ Council
    for GCC States


According to a recently released TechSci Research report, "Global Cold Chain Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2020", global cold chain market is projected to witness a CAGR of over 11% during 2015 to 2020. According to the report,the processed food industry and pharmaceutical industry are set to surge the demand for cold chain services. The growing demand for frozen and processed food items such as meat and fish, frozen and canned food products and ready to eat meals is driving cold storage demand. With a study by the United Nations, one third of perishables is lost or wasted globally – this equals 1.3 billion tonnes per year. Read More



About the Middle East

In the Middle East, the growing population and increased income levels have fueled significant growth in the food sector and this is expected to further grow. However, weak supply chain infrastructure is one of the key drivers of food inflation resulting in wastage caused by lack of storage facilities and transportation, which in turn adversely affects efficiency and leads to higher costs. With most fresh and frozen food products being vulnerable to temperature variations, the logistics industry has been experiencing stringent regulatory controls to ensure the integrity of the transport and storage of such perishable goods.During 2015, the meat, fish, and seafood segment dominated the market and accounted for a market share of more than 43% in terms of revenue. The high demand for meat exports from the countries in the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar contributes to the growth of this segment.

How is the Middle East food cold chain different?

  • Temperature extremes make the cold chain costly
  • There is a fair amount of infancy in standardizing regulations and checks being built
  • Qualification & Validation are terms still misunderstood and frequently deemed interchangeable
  • Maintaining integrity of perishables transport and distribution

With the above, there is huge potential for new entrants as third-party cold chain logistics providers in the perishables sector due to a growing market, as a select number of players currently operate within the cold chain segment as it requires high capital investment. Technology plays a very important role in improving cold chain processes.


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