Germany Cold Chain Logistics Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The market is segmented by Service (Storage, Transportation, and Value-added Services), Temperature Type (Chilled and Frozen), and Application (Horticulture, Dairy Products, Meats, Fish, Poultry, Processed Food Products, Pharma, Life Sciences, and Chemicals, and Other Applications).

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: >7 %

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Market Overview

The German cold chain logistics market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 7% during the forecast period of 2020-2025. The demand for cold chain is due to the growth in the organized food retail industry, demand for processed food, increased health expenditure.

The regulatory updates in the country are further expected to push the demand for refrigerated logistics in terms of huge transportation, development of expanded and modern storage spaces in order to complement the changes.

Scope of the Report

A comprehensive background analysis of the German Cold Chain Logistics Market covering the current market trends, restraints, technological updates and detailed information on various segments and competitive landscape of the industry. The impact of COVID-19 has also been incorporated and considered during the study.

By Services
Value-added Services (Blast Freezing, Labeling, Inventory Management, etc.)
By Temperature Type
By Application
Horticulture (Fresh Fruits & Vegetables)
Dairy Products (Milk, Ice-cream, Butter, etc.)
Meats & Fish
Processed Food Products
Pharma, Life Sciences, and Chemicals
Other Applications

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Key Market Trends

Pharmaceutical Industry Demanding for Advanced Cold-Chain Services

Germany is one of the most important biotech locations worldwide. The turnover of dedicated biotechnology companies reached to more than 4.5 billion euros in 2019, the highest figure since 2005. The expenditure on R&D in the country, which already exceeded one billion Euro in 2015, continued to rise to EUR 1.2 billion by the end of 2018. Small and medium-sized biotechnology companies (SMEs), pharmaceutical SMEs and multinational companies – whether jointly or alone – are bringing about promising innovations.

As the sector continues to grow, the pharmaceutical companies are looking beyond traditional markets for globalized, traceable, secure and compliant supply chains providing services including cold-chain solutions, storage in multiple temperature zones, reverse logistics and advanced tracking technologies, which ensure total supply chain visibility, and reporting on merchandise flows across all modes of transport.


Brexit Surging the Demand of Refrigerated Logistics

Germany is the United Kingdom’s one of the major food exporters comprising around 14% of its major food and drink imports. It exports over EUR 700 million worth of meat, fruits and vegetables to the United Kingdom every year. Germany also imports perishables from the United Kingdom, which after Brexit is expected to be cost inflated as a result of high tariffs. With no-deal Brexit, the German companies will require to establish new trade relationships with potential trade partners for its produce and the able markets to satisfy the demands of the German population. These developments will push the growth of the refrigerated logistics and warehousing enabling the country to export goods to distant countries.

The food and beverage exports to the United Kingdom will, post-Brexit, require huge refrigerated transportation vehicles in order to reduce the impact of increased tariffs and delays on the custom checkpoints.


Competitive Landscape

The Germany cold chain logistics market is a fragmented market, which consists a large number of local players to cater to the growing demand. Some of the major players in the market include BITZER Kuhlmaschinenbau Gmbh., CDS Hackner GmbH., Wagner Group GmbH, Pfenning Logistics and Rite-Hite GmbH.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study


    1. 2.1 Analysis Methodology

    2. 2.2 Research Phases



    1. 4.1 Current Market Scenario

    2. 4.2 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.2.1 Drivers

      2. 4.2.2 Restraints

      3. 4.2.3 Opportunities

    3. 4.3 Technological Trends and Automation

    4. 4.4 Government Regulations and Initiatives

    5. 4.5 Industry Value Chain/Supply Chain Analysis

    6. 4.6 Spotlight on Ambient/Temperature-controlled Storage

    7. 4.7 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

    8. 4.8 Impact of Emission Standards and Regulations on Cold Chain Industry

    9. 4.9 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market


    1. 5.1 By Services

      1. 5.1.1 Storage

      2. 5.1.2 Transportation

      3. 5.1.3 Value-added Services (Blast Freezing, Labeling, Inventory Management, etc.)

    2. 5.2 By Temperature Type

      1. 5.2.1 Chilled

      2. 5.2.2 Frozen

    3. 5.3 By Application

      1. 5.3.1 Horticulture (Fresh Fruits & Vegetables)

      2. 5.3.2 Dairy Products (Milk, Ice-cream, Butter, etc.)

      3. 5.3.3 Meats & Fish

      4. 5.3.4 Processed Food Products

      5. 5.3.5 Pharma, Life Sciences, and Chemicals

      6. 5.3.6 Other Applications


    1. 6.1 Market Concentration Overview

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 BITZER Kuhlmaschinenbau GmbH

      2. 6.2.2 CDS Hackner GmbH.

      3. 6.2.3 Wagner Group GmbH

      4. 6.2.4 Pfenning Logistics

      5. 6.2.5 Rite-Hite GmbH

      6. 6.2.6 Eurofresh Logistics GmbH.

      7. 6.2.7 Heuer Logistics GmbH & Co. KG

      8. 6.2.8 KLM Kuhl- und Lagerhaus Munsterland GmbH

      9. 6.2.9 Kloosterboer BLG Coldstore GmbH

      10. 6.2.10 Frigolanda Cold Logistics

      11. 6.2.11 GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft

      12. 6.2.12 Fortdress International KG

      13. 6.2.13 EUREKFROST Kuhl- und Tiefk'hllogistik GmbH

      14. 6.2.14 Thüringer Kühlhüuser GmbH Erfurt

      15. 6.2.15 NewCold Advanced Logistics*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

  8. 8. APPENDIX

    1. 8.1 Macroeconomic Indicators (GDP Distribution, by Activity, Contribution of Transport and Storage Sector to economy)

    2. 8.2 External Trade Statistics - Exports and Imports, by Product

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Germany Cold Chain Logistics Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Germany Cold Chain Logistics Market is growing at a CAGR of >7% over the next 5 years.

BITZER Kuhlmaschinenbau GmbH, CDS Hackner GmbH., Wagner Group GmbH, Pfenning Logistics, Rite-Hite GmbH are the major companies operating in Germany Cold Chain Logistics Market .

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