UK Cannot Take Food Security For Granted, CCF President To Tell Cold Chain Conference Today

Today Cold Chain Federation President Paul Bennell will tell the Cold Chain Live conference that the UK cannot take food security for granted following the crises of the past four years, and as we look to the food supply chain challenges of today and tomorrow.

Cold Chain Live 2023, the definitive conference for the UK’s temperature-controlled storage and distribution industry, will see 500 food logistics professionals gather in Liverpool for two days of insight, discussion and debate about the UK cold chain’s key challenges and opportunities.

It is striking that our country has started talking again about food security. We proved in Covid that we have a resilient food supply chain, even when tested in the extreme. But the disruption resulting from Covid, post-Brexit changes, interruptions to global supply chains, labour shortages and the energy crisis have rightly brought into focus that we can’t just take UK food security for granted.

Looking to the months and years ahead, as geopolitical unrest and an environment of inflation continue while the effects of climate change become increasingly evident, as a nation we need to prioritise resilience and prepare for food supply chain challenges. There is no food security, in any form, without the UK cold chain. Our nation needs a robust and competitive temperature-controlled supply chain infrastructure, working within a positive and constructive policy environment that enables and encourages cold chain operators to invest for the future.

Cold Chain Federation President Paul Bennell

The topic of UK food security will be discussed on the conference main stage this afternoon in a session featuring City University of London’s Professor Tim Lang, The National Farmers Union’s Director General Terry Jones and Cold Chain Federation Chief Executive Shane Brennan.

Other key topics that will be discussed at the Cold Chain Live conference include resilience and opportunity, infrastructure for electric vehicles, attracting the next generation of cold chain professionals, ending waste energy from refrigeration, translating net zero cold chain strategy into practice, and building the cold warehousing of tomorrow.

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