Cool Chain Association celebrates 20th anniversary and signs MOU with perishable products export control board


The CCA and the Perishable Products Export Control Board will collaborate on perishables airfreight research initiatives as part of an ongoing drive to help improve the temperature-controlled supply chain

The Cool Chain Association (CCA) is celebrating its 20th anniversary and entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB), which will see collaboration into research initiatives about airfreight of perishables.

CCA was established in 2002 to encourage collaboration in the temperature-controlled supply chain industry in order to reduce food loss and waste in the perishables sector as well as benefiting the pharma community.

The MoU, signed at the CCA’s Airfreight Pharma Event, means that CCA and the PPECB will collaborate on analysing research initiatives into perishable exports by air from South Africa.

“CCA is in a unique position to act as a neutral platform for all sectors in the temperature-controlled supply chain to collaborate on tangible initiatives,” said Stavros Evangelakakis, Chairman, CCA, and Head of Global Healthcare, Cargolux Airlines. “Our community is celebrating its 20th anniversary at a time when it is more vital than ever to come together to make a difference. “We are proud that our members continue to do just that and are driving new ideas that will have a lasting legacy.”

CCA’s recent initiatives include the establishment of a Technical Committee to drive projects, which will benefit the cool supply chain, including a Risk Management project and a trial of a new perishables label.

The PPECB provides for the control of perishable products intended for export from the Republic of South Africa and has its own in-house research department, analysing quality and food safety standards.

“The primary aim of the research is to identify gaps in the airfreight value chain and discuss possible mitigation measures with CCA and the airfreight industry at large,” said Vijan Chetty, Board Member, CCA, and General Manager, PPECB. “The aim is to strengthen standards and educate the role players in the airfreight industry.” CCA has been steadily growing its membership over the last few months and is planning a new perishables conference for next year.

“Having had the honour of kicking off the creation of the association at TIACA’s Bilbao Air Cargo Forum, I am delighted to wish the Cool Chain Association a very Happy 20th Anniversary,” said Ram Menen, one of the founders of the CCA. “It has been a real pleasure to watch this association bloom and go from strength to strength and I wish them continued success in the years to come.”

Photo caption: CCA and PPECB signing the MoU at Airfreight Pharma. (Back row left to right) Miguel Rodríguez Moreno, CCA Board Director & Senior Manager Climate Control Products, Qatar Airways; Gerton Hulsman, CCA Board Director & Commercial Director Commercial Director, Energy in Process GmbH; Nicola Caristo, Secretary General, Cool Chain Association & Senior Quality Manager, SkyCell AG (Front row left to right) Vijan Chetty, Board Member, CCA, and General Manager, PPECB; Stavros Evangelakakis, Chairman, CCA, and Head of Global Healthcare, Cargolux Airlines.

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