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

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Global Cold Chain Logistics Market - Introduction

Cold chain is one of the emerging markets in the logistics industry, which is expected to grow at a rapid pace during the forecast period. Global losses in the food sector total more than USD 750 billion annually. These losses primarily result from the lack of proper facilities, improper food safety handling procedures, and insufficient training for the personnel working in the cold chain. Hence, there has been a growing demand for the cold chain storage facilities across the world to handle temperature sensitive products safely and efficiently. The total capacity of refrigerated warehouses, worldwide, is 616 million cubic meters in 2018, which represents a growth rate of 2.67%, compared to that of 2016.

Role of Governments in Propelling the Market

The growing trade liberalization and the governmental efforts to reduce food waste are creating demand for cold chain services to store temperature sensitive goods. The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the bilateral free trade agreements, such as the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the European Union Free Trade Agreement (FTA), have created opportunities for exporters in the United States and Europe for increasing the trade of perishable foods. Additionally, European Union is funding other countries for developing cold storage facilities to assist the agricultural sector. For instance, the European Union has granted funds for the construction of four cold storage facilities for pomegranate farmers in Khulm district in Balkh province, Afghanistan. The lack of standard cold storage facilities has been a huge challenge and a major problem for the farmers across Afghanistan. Most of their agricultural produces were getting wasted while waiting for the cargo carriers. The project aims to provide storage facilities for farmers to keep their goods fresh while waiting to send it on to foreign and domestic markets. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. Developed countries, as well as emerging economies, are stressing on the implementation of regulations and policies that focus on consumer health and safety.

Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Industry

The cold chain pharmaceutical market was valued at USD 13.4 billion in 2017. New therapies, such as gene therapies and regenerative therapies, and the rapid shift toward temperature-managed shipments, are on the spotlight currently. Additionally, many of the most innovative therapeutics, like advanced cell-based therapies and other regenerative medicines, are close to a commercial launch, and the need to be shipped under very exact temperature conditions is created, which shows a huge demand for the cold chain transportation facilities. As per the industry sources, the growth of temperature-controlled products is more than twice the rate of non-temperature-controlled products. Most of the companies are showing interest in handling the growing needs. There have been significant merger and acquisition activities between the LSPs and the medical logistics companies to provide integrated solutions to the clients. For instance, UPS acquired Marken, a global supply chain organization in the life sciences industry. Another example is the acquisition of Unitrans by Quickstat.

Key developments:

Apr 2018: Sharp, a part of UDG Healthcare PLC, one of the global leaders in contract packaging and clinical supply services, announced an investment of USD 11 million to increase its global cold storage and syringe assembly capacity in response to the growing market demand.

Jan 2018: The Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) unveiled the Off-grid Cold Chain Challenge (OGCCC), an initiative which aims to identify the world’s best and most innovative off-grid cold chain technologies, to further accelerate the development of the commercial market for these technologies.

Key industry Players:

AmeriCold Logistics LLC, Preferred Freezer Services Inc., Lineage Logistics Holdings LLC, Nichirei Corporation, Snowman Logistics Ltd, Burris Logistics Inc., AGRO Merchants Group LLC, and Kloosterboer Group B.V., and among others.

Global Cold Chain Logistics Market Report Summary




Global Cold Chain Logistics Market

Study Period


Market Size in 2017

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Market Size in 2023

More than USD 320 billion

Growth Rate

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Key Developments

Apr 2018: Sharp, a part of UDG Healthcare PLC, announced an investment of USD 11 million to increase its global cold storage and syringe assembly capacity

Jan 2018: (Global LEAP) unveiled the Off-grid Cold Chain Challenge (OGCCC), an initiative which aims to identify the world’s best and most innovative off-grid cold chain technologies

Companies Covered

AmeriCold Logistics LLC, Preferred Freezer Services Inc., Lineage Logistics Holdings LLC, Nichirei Corporation

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1. INTRODUCTION            

            1.1 Scope of the Study          

            1.2 Market Definition

            1.3 Executive Summary         


            2.1Study Deliverables

            2.2 Study Assumptions          

            2.3 Analysis Methodology    

            2.4 Research Phases   

3. MARKET INSIGHT                     

            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 Storage Equipment, Refrigerated Cargo Carriers and their Transport Efficiency   

            3.5 Insights on Industry Value Chain

            3.6 Impact of the Biopharma Sector on the Cold Chain Industry     

            3.7 Insights on Refrigerants and Packaging Materials used in Refrigerated Warehouses    

            3.8 Impact of Changing Consumer Behaviour on Cold Chain Logistics Services    

            3.9 Insights on Temperature Monitoring Devices     

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

            4.1 Growing Food Safety and Quality Standards in Developed Countries   

            4.2 Emergence of Advanced Technologies in Cold Chain Logistics Industry         

            4.3 Growing Number of Organized Retail Stores in Emerging Countries    

            4.4 Government Support in Developing Infrastructure to Minimize Processed Food and Post-harvest Wastage         

            4.5 High Initial Investment Needed for the Construction and Equipment of Cold Storage Facility 

            *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   

                        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 Other Applications


            6.1 North America     

                        6.1.1 United States

                        6.1.2 Canada

                        6.1.3 Mexico

            6.2 Europe      

                        6.2.1 Germany

                        6.2.2 United Kingdom

                        6.2.3 France

                        6.2.4 Spain

                        6.2.5 Netherlands

                        6.2.6 Rest of Europe

            6.3 Asia-Pacific          

                        6.3.1 India

                        6.3.2 China

                        6.3.3 Japan

                        6.3.4 Singapore

                        6.3.5 South Korea

                        6.3.6 Rest of Asia-Pacific

            6.4 Middle East & Africa      

                        6.4.1 United Arab Emirates

                        6.4.2 Saudi Arabia

                        6.4.3 Egypt

                        6.4.4 South Africa

                        6.5.5 Rest of Middle East & Africa

            6.5 South America     

                        6.5.1 Brazil

                        6.5.2 Chile

                        6.5.3 Rest of South America

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 AmeriCold Logistics LLC           

            8.2 Preferred Freezer Services Inc.   

            8.3 Lineage Logistics Holdings LLC

            8.4 Nichirei Corporation        

            8.5 Snowman Logistics Ltd  

            8.6 Burris Logistics Inc.        

            8.7 AGRO Merchants Group LLC    

            8.8 Kloosterboer Group B.V.

            8.9 Interstate Cold Storage Inc.         

            8.10 VersaCold Logistics Services    

            8.11 John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd  

            8.12 SF Express Co. Ltd       

            *List not Exhaustive  


            9.1 Al Rai Logistica K.S.C, Dev Bhumi Cold Chain Ltd, Trenton Cold Storage Inc., Cloverleaf Cold Storage Co. Inc., Solidus Logistics, Rokin Logistics Inc., ColdEX logistics, DCH Logistics Company Limited           


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    

12. DISCLAIMER                

**Subject to Availability on Public Domain 

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