Brazil Cold Chain Logistics Market - Growth, Trends, Covid-19 Impact and Forecasts (2(2022 - 2027)

The Brazilian Cold Chain Logistics market is segmented By Type of Market (Cold Storage and Cold Transport) and by end user industries (Meat and Seafood, Fruits and Vegetables, Dairy Products, Bakery and Confectionery, Pharmaceuticals, and others).

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2017-2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 12.57 %

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Market Overview

The Brazil Cold Chain Logistics Market was valued at USD 1616.43 Million in 2020, and it is expected to reach a value of USD 3289.12 Million by 2026, while registering a CAGR of 12.57% during the forecast period.

Brazil is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies and among the top 20 markets in the world for the cold storage industry with a storage capacity of about 6 million cubic meters a per the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA).

The Brazil Cold Chain market is expectd to grow over the forecast period owing to the rising exports of refrigerated products from the country, increasing consumption of meat and seafood, fruits and vegetables and others, adopting modern technologies and automation and improved infrastructure facilities.

One of the major limitations to the development in this logistics sector is the transportation infrastructure that varies vividly from one region to another leading to underdeveloped road and rail network and high labour fees.

Brazil is one of the major exporters of fruits, meat, sugar and soya beans and is developing its cold chain logistics and storage facilities to support the growth expected in the market.

The outburst of the Corona virus reduced the export volume to the United States and China in the Q2 & Q3 of 2020 but has almost levelled back in Q4 when compared to same quarter of previous year. Meanwhile the COVID-19 led pandemic has significantly boosted the domestic e-retailing sector and the consumption of processed food and beverages, pushing the demand for refrigerated storage space and logistics.

Scope of the Report

Cold Chain Logistics comprises establishments primarily engaged in operating refrigerated warehousing, storage facilities and transportation of goods in temperature controlled vehicles. The services provided by these establishments include blast freezing, tempering, and modified atmosphere storage services. A complete background analysis of Brazil Cold Chain Logistics market, which includes an assessment of the economy, market overview, market size estimation for key segments, and emerging trends in the market, market dynamics, and key company profiles are covered in the report.

By Type of Market
Cold Storage
Cold Transport
By Temperature Type
By End User
Fruits and Vegetables
Dairy Products (Milk, Butter, Cheese, Ice Cream, etc.)
Fish, Meat, and Seafood
Processed Food
Pharmaceutical (Includes Biopharma)
Bakery and Confectionery
Other Applications

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Key Market Trends

Rise in Exports of Perishable goods driving the demand for cold chain logistics services

As per the Brazilian Association of Food for Commercial Establishments (ABIAD), Brazil is the third largest fruit producer in the world after China and India while it exported only 3% of what it produced. On the other hand, a majority (76 percent) of beef produced in Brazil is still consumed domestically, but exports have steadily increased, with key destinations being China, Hong Kong, Egypt, Chile, United States, and the EU. The main reason for the country not being able to export perishable goods to the maximum of its capacity was because of the lack of infrastructure and technological developments leading to the fear of loss of stock, transport temperature control, delivery delays, lack of route visibility and cargo security.

Efforts are being made to square these limitations with respect to the preservation of perishable food in terms of loading, unloading and transportation of these items. The companies are also focusing on specialized packaging in order to increase the shelf life of the product while maintaining the appropriate temperature. 

Although the First half of 2020, did saw a decline in Fruit exports, mainly due to lockdown in European countries, Q3 was able to generate the same export figure as there was in 2019 of the same quarter.

Brazil fruit export

Demand from Pharma and Chemicals sectors to support the growth of the market

nFrom the point of view of the cold chain logistics market, the chemical and pharmaceutical industries are among the significant contributors to the market growth in Brazil.

Brazil imported USD 41.4 billion in chemical products in 2020, the total amount paid for the acquisition of more than 51.5 million tons, a record in volume imported by the country. nIn comparison with the results for 2019, there was a 6.3% reduction in the monetary value of imports, but a significant increase of 8.2% in the physical quantities acquired, especially in view of the serious global and national economic conditions resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pharmaceutical trade in Brazil is a major activity and the country demands on imports of pharmaceutical raw material and products. Post 2020, the demand from pharmaceutical industry for transportation has rapidly increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, exports by the pharmaceutical industry were USD 1.078 billion. Imports of finished products, semi-finished products, vaccines, blood products and other pharmaceutical products reached USD 7.059 billion.


Competitive Landscape

With the presence of many international players as well as a large number of local players with small fleet, Brazilian Cold Chain Logistics Market is highly fragmented. Some of the key players in the market include Friozem Armazens Frigorificos Ltda., Superfrio Armazens Gerais Ltda., Arfrio Armazens Gerais Frigorificos, Brado Logistica S/A, Brasfrigo S/A among others acquiring very less share of the total market revenue. These companies compete on the basis ofparameters such as temperature range, storage capacity, price per pallet, location and integrated services offered.

Recent Developments

  • February 2021: Chilled storage giant Americold has continued its international expansion with a move into the Brazilian market by announcing a joint venture with SuperFrio Armazens Gerais owner Patria Investimentos, under which it will spend about USD 28 million for a 15% stake in the South American temperature-controlled storage provider.
  • December 2020: Friozem announced expansion of three units that are installed in Jandira and São Bernardo do Campo in the state of São Paulo and in Recife in the state of Pernambuco. The disclosure of the new project came soon after the completion of the expansion of two units located in Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study


    1. 2.1 Analysis Methodology

    2. 2.2 Research Phases



    1. 4.1 Current Market Scenario

    2. 4.2 Technological Trends

    3. 4.3 Government Regulations

    4. 4.4 Value Chain / Supply Chain Analysis

    5. 4.5 Overview of Cold Chain Logistics Market in Brazil

    6. 4.6 Brief on Freight Rates

    7. 4.7 Impact of COVID-19 on Brazil cold chain logistics market


    1. 5.1 Drivers

    2. 5.2 Restraints

    3. 5.3 Opportunities

    4. 5.4 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 5.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 5.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 5.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 5.4.4 Threat of Substitutes

      5. 5.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 6.1 By Type of Market

      1. 6.1.1 Cold Storage

      2. 6.1.2 Cold Transport

    2. 6.2 By Temperature Type

      1. 6.2.1 Chilled

      2. 6.2.2 Frozen

    3. 6.3 By End User

      1. 6.3.1 Fruits and Vegetables

      2. 6.3.2 Dairy Products (Milk, Butter, Cheese, Ice Cream, etc.)

      3. 6.3.3 Fish, Meat, and Seafood

      4. 6.3.4 Processed Food

      5. 6.3.5 Pharmaceutical (Includes Biopharma)

      6. 6.3.6 Bakery and Confectionery

      7. 6.3.7 Other Applications


    1. 7.1 Market Concentration Overview

    2. 7.2 Company Profiles

      1. 7.2.1 Localfrio S/A

      2. 7.2.2 Brado Logistica S/A

      3. 7.2.3 Comfrio

      4. 7.2.4 Martini Meat S/A

      5. 7.2.5 Friozem Armazens Frigorificos Ltda.

      6. 7.2.6 Superfrio Armazens Gerais Ltda.

      7. 7.2.7 Arfrio Armazens Gerais Frigorificos

      8. 7.2.8 Abreu e Lima Logistica

      9. 7.2.9 CAP Logistica Frigorificada Ltda.

      10. 7.2.10 AP Logistica Group*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

  9. 9. APPENDIX

    1. 9.1 Macroeconomic Indicators (GDP Distribution by Activity, Contribution of Cold Chain Logistics Sector to economy)

    2. 9.2 Insights on Capital Flows (investments in Cold Chain Logistics Sector)

    3. 9.3 E-commerce and Consumer Spending-related Statistics

    4. 9.4 External Trade Statistics - Export and Import, by Product and by Country

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Brazil Cold Chain Logistics Market market is studied from 2017 - 2026.

The Brazil Cold Chain Logistics Market is growing at a CAGR of 12.57% over the next 5 years.

The Brazil Cold Chain Logistics Market is valued at 1.92 Billion USD in 2017.

The Brazil Cold Chain Logistics Market is valued at 3.29 Billion USD in 2026.

Localfrio, Brado, Comfrio Solucoes, Friozem, Cap Logistica Frigorificada are the major companies operating in Brazil Cold Chain Logistics Market.

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