'cool supply chain the ultimate aim'


CCA AGM 2018

Cool Chain Services that support perishable food distribution globally are estimated to be valued at nearly $250 billion. And if the world had a properly functioning cool chain, food losses due to perishables shipping can be brought down to just 2%.

Given the critical need for a better dialogue between the logistics sector and perishable producers and shippers, the Cool Chain Association has organised the CCA Global Perishable Conference on 19-20 June at the premises of the Legere Premium Hotel in Luxembourg.

The conference aimed to address the latest trends in temperature-controlled Air Cargo Logistics, to find innovative solutions to common challenges and tackle issues related to trade barriers, infrastructure and distribution involved in perishables transportation.

The feedback from our delegates was very positive, mainly because of the 

  • Excellent presentations
  • Lively discussions
  • Site Visit at State-of-the-Art Perishable Facilities
  • Productive round-table discussions 

Evening Monday 18th June 2018 19:00 - Networking Drink

The Program: Day 1 - Tuesday 19th June 2018

10:00Registration and Coffee
10:30Annual General Meeting 2018 - Closed session for CCA members only
12:00Buffet Lunch and registration for non-members
13:00Start of the Conference
Opening remarks by Stavros Evangelakakis, Chairman CCA
13:15Papaya's - Studying Waste in Perishable Logistics
By: Philippe Schuler - CCA Researcher
Q&A + Group Discussion
14:00Disruptive Food Supply Chain Changes impacting the Airfreight Perishables 
By: Frank van Gelder - Founder Mediconad Consultancy 
Q&A + Group Discussion
14:45Coffee, Networking and Booths Visit
15:00Fresh Flowers - How do they do it
By: Fons Arends - Managing Director, Fresh Partners Group 
Q&A + Group Discussion
15:30How Europe, Africa, Caribean and Pacific work together 
By: Jeremy Knops - Director of Operations, COLEACP 
Q&A + Group Discussion
16:00An interesting perspective on Salmon Production & Logistics 
By: Petter Fausko - Managing Director, Airsped AS
Q&A + Group Discussion
16:30Coffee, Networking and Booths Visit 
16:45Round Table Discussions & Presentations 
18:00Wrap-up & Conclusions Day 1
20:00Networking Dinner

The Program: Day 2 - Wednesday 20th June 2018

09:00Registrations, Coffee & Bus from hotel to Grossbusch
10:00Opening Remarks by Stavros Evangelakakis, Chairman CCA
10:15Challenges and solutions for Fruits & Vegetables 
By: René Grosbusch - General Manager, Grosbusch
Q&A + Group Discussion
11:00Site Visit
13:30Challenges & Solutions in Berry Logistics 
By: Rink Oord - EMEA Logistic’s Manger, Driscoll’s 
Q&A + Group Discussion
14:15Trucking Perishables - the Road Ahead 
By: Sebastiaan Scholte - CEO, Jan de Rijk Logistics 
Q&A + Group Discussion
15:00Coffee & Networking
15:15Interactive Panel Discussions
16:00Wrap-up & Conclusions Day 2

CCA AGM2018 - Hotel Reservation

18-20 June 2018

The Légère Hotel Luxembourg offers a Standard Room at the rate of 195,- Euro per night
 (optional: a Residence Suite for 245,- Euro and a Gallery Suite for 295,- Euro)

Please download the Hotel Booking Form

Return the completed form to: 
or fax to: +352 49 06 80

For questions and further information regarding your stay at the hotel, please contact the hotel directly at: +352 49 00 06-1 |

CCA Global Perishable Forum - Registration Form

19-20 June, Luxembourg

€ 450,- for members
€ 650,- for non-members

Please use 1 registration form per delegate.

After your confirmation, an invoice will be sent.

Cancellation policy: All bookings are considered binding on receipt of the registration form. Cancellations received via email by June 1st, 2018 (included) to our Secretariat ( will be subject to no cancellation fee. Should you cancel after June 1st, 2018 it will be subject to a cancellation fee of 80% of the applicable fees. There will be no refund after June 15th, 2018 as well as for no-shows.

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This is what our Chairman Stavros Evangelakakis had to say after the event:

Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you to all of our CCA members who attended the “World Without Food Waste – what can air cargo deliver?” conference in Luxembourg last week. We communicated our message loud and clear that tackling global food waste is a critical issue for the industry, and the event was a resounding success thanks to our excellent speakers who delivered thought-provoking presentations.

The level of active participation from the audience was impressive and reflected how the air cargo community are highly engaged with issues that are not only impacting our industry, but also the world. This was further highlighted by the site visit to fruit and vegetable distributor, Grosbusch, where delegates learned about the Grosbusch Kids scheme which helps educate children about the importance of fresh food.

Other key messages included calls for the creation of a perishables supply chain standard to reduce the 1.3 billion metric tonnes of food that is wasted along the supply chain each year. The call to action follows the recent publication of a CCA “farm to fork” study of papayas from Brazil to Europe, which analysed waste in perishable logistics.

The report, “Papayas – studying waste in perishable logistics”, by Philippe Schuler, Food Waste Prevention Consultant – CCA Researcher, on perishable cool chains, is now available to CAA members and we recommend our community to educate themselves on how the air cargo industry can help to resolve this problem.

We shall now take this momentum from the conference and work on expanding the project to collect data from growers to the final destination. This is also an open invitation for CCA members to join the project and contribute to an industry-changing initiative.

In addition to CCA expanding the study, I will be contacting Andrea Gruber, Head, Special Cargo, IATA, to discuss the outcome of the conference and the minimum industry standards we would like to achieve with regards to food waste.

And finally, we are busy planning for the next perishables event which will be announced in the coming months – so stay tuned.

Thank you again for your attendance at the conference.

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