Industry-Leading Speakers Announced for Cold Chain Live! 2024

The Cold Chain Federation has announced the industry-leading speakers who will take to the main stage at the temperature-controlled logistics industry’s definitive conference Cold Chain Live! 2024, at Telford International Centre on 4th-5th September 2024.

The conference, which will be chaired by TV news presenter Maryam Moshiri, will feature two days of discussion, insight and debate about the temperature-controlled logistics industry’s foremost opportunities and challenges, including:

  • The state of the cold chain industry in 2024,
  • the temperature-controlled logistics industry as a driver of economic prosperity,
  • A workforce to futureproof the cold chain, and
  • cold chain sustainability, resilience and social responsibility.

Across the two-day conference, main stage keynote sessions will be delivered by renowned experts, including Jeff Kirby, Founder and Managing Partner of temperature-controlled logistics investment manager Irbis Capital on cold chain fund routes; from University of Birmingham Cold Economy Professor Toby Peters on the global potential of a moving the frozen set point to -15oC; and from Paul Whyte, MD of Best Food Logistics and Cold Chain Federation President Paul Bennell on the state of the UK cold chain in 2024.

The conference will also hear main stage keynote sessions from industry leaders including Buffaload Owner and Managing Director Ross Taylor and from Owen McLellan and Gary Stott of surplus food redistributor Company Shop on sustainability, resilience and social responsibility; as well as a session on the new government from Simon Darby,Head of Public Affairs atcommunications agency PLMR. Cold Chain Federation Deputy Chief Executive Tom Southall will reveal new data on the economic value of the UK cold chain.

With more speakers to come, this will be the biggest and busiest Cold Chain Live! ever and the largest industry gathering.

Cold Chain Live! 2024 is delivered by the Cold Chain Federation in association with Platinum Partners Thermo King, Blue Cube, Styne Refrigeration and Olympus Power and supported by Gold partners Carrier Transicold, Marsh Commercial, Star Refrigeration, The P&M Group, Wagner and Sunswap

Cold Chain Federation Chief Executive Phil Pluck said: “The UK cold chain is at a fork in the road in 2024. Our industry has fantastic potential for sustainable growth but we also face major challenges today and in the decade ahead. How well we are able to grasp the opportunities and navigate those challenges depends in part on the next Government’s approach and policy choices, but also very substantially on our industry’s response to those policy choices, to our preparations for future resilience, and to investment into cold chain innovation, sustainability and people. Cold Chain Live 2024 brings temperature-controlled logistics professionals together to discuss these issues, to hear the latest data and analysis, and to cement the relationships which are becoming ever more crucial in our connected and collaborative food and pharma supply chains. The programme for 2024 is excellent and I am delighted that we will be joined by a roster of speakers of such distinction.”

This year, Cold Chain Live! is introducing the Innovation Zone, a platform to showcase new cold chain products and services. The conference will also feature extended networking sessions, vehicle and trailer displays, product demonstrations, and a three-course Gala Dinner, all designed to facilitate meaningful connections and collaborations within the industry.

Cold Chain Federation members can book two free Cold Chain Live! conference tickets per storage & distribution member company, and one free ticket for the associate member company. Tickets for the Cold Chain Live! The Gala Dinner on 4th September also at Telford International Centre is separate and can be booked by CCF members at £150 each plus VAT. Additional tickets for the conference and Gala Dinner can be booked at £370 each plus VAT. Non-members can book conference and Gala Dinner tickets at £550 each. Find out more and book tickets.

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