Food Cold Chain Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecasts (2020 - 2025)

Global food cold chain market is segmented by Type (Cold Chain Transport and Cold Chain Storage), By Application (Dairy & Frozen Desserts, Meat and Seafood Products, Fruits & Vegetables, Bakery & Confectionery Products, Ready-to-Eat Meal and Others), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Study Period:


Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:



8.56 %

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Market Overview

Global food cold chain market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 8.56% during the forecast period (2020 - 2025).

  • Cold chain for food is based on refrigeration and freezing technology for the storage, supply, processing, and distribution of food products, in order to ensure food quality, safety, and minimize loss.
  • The growing technological advancements in monitoring, tracking, and managing the cold chain by various components, have fueled the cold chain market in the food industry. The technology helps in assisting the supply chain by real-time monitoring, which saves time and provides ease of monitoring with reduced product loss.
  • Various factors driving the market are the technology used in food cold chain logistics, expanding organized food retail chain (supermarket/hypermarket), growing international trade, and government support for food supply chain.

Scope of the Report

Global food cold chain market is segmented by type and application. On the basis of type, the market is segmented into cold chain storage and cold chain transport. On the basis of application, the market is segmented into fruits and vegetables, meat and seafood, dairy and frozen dessert, bakery and confectionery, ready-to-eat meal, and other applications. Also, the study provides an analysis of the food cold chain market in the emerging and established markets across the world, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa.

By Type
Cold Chain Storage
Cold Chain Transport
By Application
Fruits and Vegetables
Meat and Seafood
Dairy and Frozen Dessert
Bakery and Confectionery
Ready-to-Eat Meal
Other Applications
By Geography
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
Middle East and Africa
South Africa
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increased Global Trade of Perishable Products

Fresh foods like fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, and dairy, require an uninterrupted cold chain, due to their perishable nature. By providing controlled temperature, humidity, and atmospheric conditions, the cold chain can increase the shelf life of the products. For example, fresh fruits and vegetables are perishable products, whose quality can deteriorate in 2-3 days. If kept in a refrigerated condition, product shelf life can increase by days or even months. Perishable products, such as meat, fish/seafood, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, are traded in bulk, as compared to processed products. The shelf life of meat/fish is just a few hours. A region like the Middle East, which is majorly dependent on the import of food to meet its consumer's demands, requires cold chain transport and storage.

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Europe Holds the Largest Market Share in the Food Cold Chain Market

European region holds the largest share in the food cold chain market, globally, in terms of value, in 2018. There is a steady increase in demand, particularly for cold chain due to a continuous increase in domestic consumption of high-quality perishable commodities. Furthermore, emerging economies, such as China, India, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Argentina, and the Middle Eastern countries, are rapidly growing as a consumer-led economy. These economies are with huge consumer population, warmer climate and so, provide a significant contribution in global food trade. Hence the cold chain development rate is much higher in these economies.

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Competitive Landscape

Global food chain companies are significantly contributing to the cold chain development with regional players, for better market penetration and expansion. Major Key Players include Americold Logistics, Lineage Logistics (Preferred Freezer Services), Nichirei Corporation, and VersaCold Logistics Services, among others.

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Table Of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables and Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Cold Chain Storage

      2. 5.1.2 Cold Chain Transport

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Fruits and Vegetables

      2. 5.2.2 Meat and Seafood

      3. 5.2.3 Dairy and Frozen Dessert

      4. 5.2.4 Bakery and Confectionery

      5. 5.2.5 Ready-to-Eat Meal

      6. 5.2.6 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 By Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Spain

        4. France

        5. Italy

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Active Companies

    2. 6.2 Most Adopted Strategies

    3. 6.3 Market Share Analysis

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 AmeriCold Logistics LLC

      2. 6.4.2 VersaCold Logistics Services

      3. 6.4.3 Lineage Logistics Holding LLC

      4. 6.4.4 Nichirei Corporation

      5. 6.4.5 AGRO Merchants Group

      6. 6.4.6 DSV

      7. 6.4.7 Kloosterboer Group BV

      8. 6.4.8 Gruppo Marconi Logistica

      9. 6.4.9 Henningsen Cold Storage Co.

  7. *List Not Exhaustive

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