The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) and the U.K.-based Cold Chain Federation (CCF) have announced a formal partnership agreement that builds on a 20-plus year affiliation between the two organizations and “signals a new commitment to building knowledge, networking opportunities and insights across borders,” the organizations said.
Based in Arlington, Virginia, the GCCA comprises a number of trade groups for industries engaged in temperature-controlled logistics, including the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW), the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), the International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA), and the Controlled Environment Building Association (CEBA). The Reading, U.K.-based CCF represents the temperature-controlled storage and distribution industry in the U.K.
Both GCCA and CCF support the development of low-charge ammonia/NH3 (R717) systems.
“Working with GCCA our members will have access to the best of innovation, compliance, and insight from around the world.”Shane Brennan, Cod Chain Federation
“We are delighted to partner with GCCA in this way, giving CCF members access to an international knowledge bank, as well as opening the way for international opportunities and networking,” said CCF Chief Executive Shane Brennan, in a statement.
“The U.K. is a distinctive market, and most of what concerns our members is immediate and local, but there is so much to learn from looking outside our borders too,” Brennan added. “Working with GCCA our members will have access to the best of innovation, compliance, and insight from around the world.”
“GCCA is a truly global network with members in over 80 countries,” noted GCCA President and CEO Matthew R. Ott. “By reinforcing our strong links to CCF we are able to bring more U.K. professionals into our network and utilize their knowledge to gain insight that benefits all our members,”.
Ott added that GCCA is “keen to support and partner with independent national organizations like CCF.”
The CCF and GCCA partnership was announced at the European Cold Chain Conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on March 25. The two organizations will host a joint meeting and celebration of their partnership at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales, U.K., on July 14.
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