United States Cold Chain Logistics Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

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

US Cold Chain Logistics Market Overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: >2 %
US Cold Chain Logistics Market Key Players

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Market Overview

The cold chain logistics market of the United States is expected to show a growth of over 2% during the forecast period 2020-2025. The major imports and exports of the United States include nuclear reactors and boilers, pharmaceutical products, chemical products and food products like vegetables, fruits and meat that require the temperature-controlled environment to be transferred safely from one place to another. 

The food and beverage industry alone contributes 5% to the country's GDP and the rise in the industry is proposed to drive a steady demand for refrigerated transportation. About 95% of new drugs that are coming in the market are developed and manufactured in the United States that require proper temperature-controlled logistics. The presence of large beverage companies in the United States, given their immense dependence on the cold storage transportation facilities to deliver goods, is also one of the major factors that are expected to fuel the demand for refrigerated vehicles. The growth in the import and exports of these products is increasing the demand for refrigerated transportation. 

Scope of the Report

A comprehensive background analysis of the United States 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)
Meats, Fish, Poultry
Processed Food Products
Pharma, Life Sciences, and Chemicals
Other Applications

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Key Market Trends

Growing Organic Food Market

The demand for organic food in the country has been continuously increasing due to rapid urbanization and an increase in the adoption of a healthy dietary lifestyle. Diseases like diabetes, blood pressure, and obesity, and excessive contamination in conventional food are driving organic food sales. Organic fruits and vegetables are one of the largest and fastest-growing segments of the United States food market.

The Organic Trade Industry reported that in 2018, about 14% of all fruit and vegetable sales in the United States were categorized as organic leading to a total of USD 52.50 billion organic food sales in the country, 5.50% of all food sold in retail. The increasing demand and inculcation of these products in the retail stores, storage and transportation from the farmland to the shops and from shops to the customers require huge inputs from the cold chain logistics sector to facilitate its growth.

US Cold Chain Logistics Market Key Trends

Increasing Multi-Temperature Trucking

Chilled or perishable food items, pharma products, nuclear reactors etc; all have multiple challenges in transportation, in response to which the cold chain management is increasing its complexity significantly. The refrigerated trucks that can hold goods in multiple segments at different temperatures are developed and are gaining popularity in recent years in the United States. These trucks are particularly used for the retail purpose, where temperature-controlled goods are in relatively small quantities from regional distribution centres.

Acknowledging the increasing vehicle population and global warming, the multi-temperature refrigerated trucks play a major role in the United States logistics market facilitating maximum utility with customisable and regulated temperature.

US Cold Chain Logistics Market Growth by Region

Competitive Landscape

The cold chain logistics market of the United States is highly fragmented aiding the domestic as well as international transportation of temperature-sensitive goods. It is undergoing developments with the introduction of solar-powered refrigerated units, multi-temperature trucks and freight optimisation software. International and local players like FedEx, XPO Logistics, Total Quality Logistics, Americold Logistics and many such companies are operational in the market.

Major Players

  1. FedEx Logistics

  2. XPO Logistics

  3. CH Robinson Worldwide

  4. JB Hunt

  5. Expeditors

  6. Americold Logistics

  7. Total Quality Logistics

FedEx, XPO Logistics,  CH Robinson Worldwide, JB Hunt, Expeditors,  Knight-Swift Transportation,  Total Quality Logistics,  Americold Logistics, Burris LogisticsU.S Xpress,

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 Meats, Fish, Poultry

      3. 5.3.3 Processed Food Products

      4. 5.3.4 Pharma, Life Sciences, and Chemicals

      5. 5.3.5 Other Applications


    1. 6.1 Market Concentration Overview

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 FedEx

      2. 6.2.2 XPO Logistics

      3. 6.2.3 CH Robinson Worldwide

      4. 6.2.4 JB Hunt

      5. 6.2.5 Expeditors

      6. 6.2.6 Knight-Swift Transportation

      7. 6.2.7 Total Quality Logistics

      8. 6.2.8 U.S Xpress

      9. 6.2.9 Americold Logistics

      10. 6.2.10 Burris Logistics

      11. 6.2.11 Prime Inc

      12. 6.2.12 Lineage Logistics

      13. 6.2.13 ABF Freight

      14. 6.2.14 KLLM Logistics

      15. 6.2.15 Marten

      16. 6.2.16 Stevens Transport

      17. 6.2.17 DHL Supply Chain

      18. 6.2.18 Henningsen Cold Storage

      19. 6.2.19 DB Schenker

      20. 6.2.20 Covenant Transportation Services*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

  8. 8. APPENDIX

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

The United States Cold Chain Logistics Market is growing at a CAGR of >2% over the next 5 years.

FedEx Logistics, XPO Logistics, CH Robinson Worldwide, JB Hunt, Expeditors, Americold Logistics, Total Quality Logistics are the major companies operating in United States Cold Chain Logistics Market.

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