Europe Cold Chain Logistics Market- Segmented by Service, Temperature, Application, and Geography - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

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Europe Cold Chain Logistics Market-Introduction

European cold chain is one of the emerging markets in the logistics industry, which is expected to grow at a steady pace during the forecast period. According to industry sources, the total storage capacity in Europe was approximately 112 cubic meters in 2016, with Great Britain and Turkey registering a extreme positive growth in terms of storage space. The changing consumer behavior and the growth in e-commerce, and advancement in technology are the key factors driving the market. Most of the European companies adopt automation in cold storage warehouses with a pace higher than that of American companies. Additionally, Western Europe plays a significant role in propelling the European cold chain logistics market.

Effect of European Commission’s Emission Standards and Regulations on the Market

To reduce the carbon footprint on the environment, most of the European cold chain logistics companies have been adopting alternative refrigerants in their storage facilities. The European Commission has drafted a significant roadmap for cold chain emissions and regulations to reduce the effect in certain phases. As part of the European Commission's regulation on fluorinated greenhouse gases (F Gas), the European Cold Storage and Logistics Association (ECSLA) urges its members to reduce the emissions of F-Gases on a middle- and long-term perspective. Therefore, members of ECSLA are opting for cooling systems that operate with so-called natural refrigerants, like ammonia or CO2, wherever possible, when investing in the construction of new cold stores and cooling systems. ECSLA serves as a significant voice and a platform of discussion for the European cold storage and logistics sector. However, there has been a significant practical implication in phasing down the emission of GHGs as per the regulations of the Commission. There is a need for the construction of the second system in parallel to the current one to avoid activity suspension during the conversion, which is not economically feasible. In cold stores, this is essentially true, as the operation is year-round and the foodstuffs stored cannot be withdrawn from temperature-controlled environments abruptly. Additionally, there exist some technical constraints in the conversion to other refrigerants.

Insights on the UK Cold Chain Industry

The United Kingdom is one of the top markets for Europe's cold chain industry in terms of storage space, which is 24 million cubic meters in 2018. The massive food and drinks segment continues to dominate the cold chain industry, but in recent times, there has been an exponential growth in the pharmaceutical sector, with the emergence of various significantly sized refrigerated pharmaceutical transport logistics companies. GEFCO Group, a global player in industrial logistics and the European leader in automotive logistics, opened its Life Sciences and Healthcare dedicated temperature-controlled warehouse in the United Kingdom in January 2017. The new 15,000 square feet facility is expected to reinforce and expand its strong expertise in the Life Science and Healthcare sector. The facility was specifically designed to meet the highest standards in the forwarding of pharmaceutical products with different temperature areas from ambient (15ºC to 25ºC) and chilled (2ºC to 8ºC) to frozen (-15°C to -25ºC).

However, Brexit holds a potential threat to significant segments, like the food industry, as well as the logistics industry. With around 30% of the food imports coming from the European Union and almost a fifth of food and drink exports heading to Ireland, closed borders are expected to have a negative effect. Additionally, Brexit is expected to create labor shortages and create new challenges around border controls. To address this challenge, the logistics sector is seeking high-tech solutions. For instance, Hubbard products, a UK manufacturer of refrigeration systems for static and transport requirements, works on driverless trucks and advanced telematics, which will be needed to observe, manage, and control the cold chain.

Key Developments

Apr 2018: Dearman partnered with Unilever to deploy transport refrigeration unit (TRU) in Europe. The Dearman Hubbard zero-emission TRU has been used on the European mainland for the first time. As part of the trail, Unilever used TRU unit to undertake deliveries of frozen produce across the Netherlands.

Jun 2017: Lineage Logistics LLC, a temperature-controlled warehouse and logistics firm, acquired Netherlands-based Partner Logistics, which provides automated cold-storage services in Europe. The transaction marked the first international acquisition by Lineage.

Key Industry Players 

Kloosterboer Group BV, Lineage Logistics Holdings LLC, AGRO Merchants Group LLC, NewCold Advanced Cold Logistics, Nichirei Logistics Group Inc., STEF SA, Marconi Freddeuropa SRL, Agri-Norcold AS, Bring Frigo AB, and Claus Sørensen AS, among others.

Europe Cold Chain Logistics Market Report Summary




Europe Cold Chain Logistics Market

Study Period


Market Size in 2017

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Market Size in 2023

Around USD 55-60 billion

Growth Rate

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Key Developments

Apr 2018: Dearman partnered with Unilever to deploy transport refrigeration unit (TRU) in Europe.

Jun 2017: Lineage Logistics LLC acquired Netherlands-based Partner Logistics, which provides automated cold-storage services in Europe.

Companies Covered

Kloosterboer Group BV, Lineage Logistics Holdings LLC, AGRO Merchants Group LLC, NewCold Advanced Cold Logistics

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1. INTRODUCTION                          

                1.1 Scope of the Market               

                1.2 Market Definition     

                1.3 Executive Summary

2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY                  

                2.1Study Deliverables   

                2.2 Study Assumptions

                2.3 Analysis Methodology           

                2.4 Research Phases     

3. MARKET INSIGHTS                   

                3.1 Current Market Scenario       

                3.2 Technological Trends and Automation in Cold Storage Facilities        

                3.3 Government Regulations and Initiatives        

                3.4 Insights on Out-of-Home Food Service Sector           

                3.5 Insights on Industry Value Chain      

                3.6 Impact of Emission Standards and Regulations in Cold Chain Industry           

                3.7 Insights on Refrigerants and Packaging Materials Used in Refrigerated Warehouses

                3.8 Insights on Europe Ready Meals Market        

                3.9 Insights on Multi-temperature Controlled Vehicles   

                3.10 Insights on Ambient/Temperature-controlled Storage        

4. MARKET DYNAMICS (Drivers, Restraints, and Opportunities)                 

                4.1 Growth of E-commerce and Changing Consumer Behavior   

                4.2 Emergence of Advanced Technologies in Cold Chain Logistics Industry         

                4.3 Lack of Proper Goods Distribution Practices in Some Regions Effect the Quality and Safety of Temperature-sensitive Products         

                *not exhaustive               


                5.1 By Service   

                                5.1.1 Storage

                                5.1.2 Transportation

                                5.1.3 Value-added Services (Blast Freezing, Labelling, Inventory Management etc.,)

                5.2 By Temperature Type            

                                5.2.1 Chilled

                                5.2.2 Frozen

                5.3 By Application           

                                5.3.1 Fruits and Vegetables

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

                                5.3.3 Fish, Meat, and Seafood

                                5.3.4 Processed Food

                                5.3.5 Pharmaceuticals (Includes Biopharma)

                                5.3.6 Bakery and Confectionary

                                5.3.7 Others


                6.1 Germany     

                6.2 UK  

                6.3 France          

                6.4 Spain            

                6.5 Netherlands               

                6.6 Turkey          

                6.7 Poland          

                6.8 Italy               

                6.9 Belgium       

                6.10 Rest of Europe       

7. COMPETITVE LANDSCAPE                     

                7.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements 

                7.2 Market Concentration Overview        

                7.3 Strategies Adopted by Major Players              


                8.1 Kloosterboer Group B.V.       

                8.2 Lineage Logistics Holdings, LLC        

                8.3 AGRO Merchants Group, LLC              

                8.4 NewCold Advanced Cold Logistics   

                8.5 Nichirei Logistics Group, Inc               

                8.6 STEF S.A.    

                8.7 Marconi Freddeuropa SRL

"               8.8 Agri-Norcold A/S     

                8.9 Bring Frigo AB           

                8.10 Claus Sørensen A/S             

                8.11 Kraftverkehr Nagel GmbH & Co. KG              

                8.12 Blokland Cold Stores B.V.   

                *List not Exhaustive      

9. OTHER COMPANIES IN THE REPORT INCLUDE                             

                9.1 Colfridis Invest, Fresh Logic Ltd, Friopuerto, Oy KWH Freeze AB, Leen Menken Foodservice Logistics BV, Tiefkühlcenter Bocholt GmbH, N R Evans Distribution, Chiltern Cold Storage Group Ltd, Oakland International Ltd, Harry Yearsley Limited, Virginia Transport Ltd


11. APPENDIX                  

                11.1 Annual Statistics on Refrigerated Storage Facilities in Key Countries            

                11.2 Import and Export Trade Data of Frozen Food Products     

                11.3 Insights on Regulatory Framework on Food Transportation and Storage in Key Countries 

                11.4 Insights on Food and Beverage Sector in Europe   

12. DISCLAIMER                              

**Subject to Availability on Public Domain                           

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