Cool Chain Association announces partnership to strengthen perishables supply chain

CCA and PPECB signing the MoU at Airfreight Pharma. Photo: Cool Chain Association

The Cool Chain Association (CCA) has entered 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.

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.

The MoU has been signed as CCA celebrates its 20th anniversary.

“Our community is celebrating its 20th anniversary at a time when it is more vital than ever to come together to make a difference,” added Evangelakakis.

“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 with the aim of  benefiting the cool supply chain. These projects include 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 is planning a new perishables conference for next year. The organisation 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.

In July, members of the Cool Chain Association (CCA) Technical Committee Programme completed the first stage of a project to trial a new label for perishables shipments in the air cargo supply chain, driven by Challenge Group.

Cool Chain Association trials new air cargo supply chain perishables label

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]