Cold Chain Logistics Evolutionby Rutuja shah Digital Marketing
Indian cold chain industry is expected to grow tremendously over the next few years. The increased investments, modernisation of existing facilities, and the establishment of new ventures are contributing to the growth of the cold chain logistics industry. In simple words, a cold chain is a temperature-controlled supply chain. Cold chain involves maintaining the desired low-temperature range with the help of equipment and logistics. It is used to preserve and ensure the extended shelf life of products, such as fresh agricultural produce, seafood, frozen food, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals.
The Indian Food Processing Industry
India consumes the largest proportion of food and is one of the top producers of agricultural products. Food processing is nothing but value addition to agricultural or horticultural produce.
The food processing sector comprises two segments -
Primary - Packaged fruits and vegetables, milk, etc
Value-added - Processed fruits and vegetables, juices, jam & jelly etc
Even though the food processing industry has great potential, the local markets or farmers often have to rely on the inefficient supply chain. There is a need for integrated logistical support, and cold chain solutions in particular to enable easy accessibility and smooth flow of produce from farms to table, safe and fresh.
The Cold Chain Segment
A major portion of the fresh produce gets wasted due to inadequate cold chain infrastructure, and hence losses are incurred during storage and transit. Temperature-controlled storage and distribution in supply chain solutions management have two main segments, namely, refrigerated transport and surface storage. For the transport of perishable products cold chain logistics service providers use refrigerated trucks, and containers. Warehouses with temperature-controlled technology help in storage of the perishable products.
Transportation and storage of fresh produce and processed food require technical and quality standards to ensure longer shelf life and selling value of products and are important for the growth of cold chain management solutions.
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