Freight News, Logistics

Speakers lined up for Cool Logistics

[ July 17, 2015   //   ]

Food and agriculture supply chain analyst at Rabobank, Paul Bosch, and Steve Wiggins from the UK-based Overseas Development Institute (ODI) will be among the speakers at the seventh Cool Logistics Global Conference in Bruges, 29 September – 1 October.

Mr Bosch will provide a unique perspective on the global food economy, covering a range of issues such as weather patterns, demographic shifts and trade barriers.

As one of the authors of a recent ODI report on the rising cost of a healthy diet, Steve Wiggins has reviewed the increasing discrepancy between fresh produce and processed food prices in key emerging markets, including Brazil, Mexico, Korea and China.

The report suggests a tax on ‘less healthy foods’ in combination with subsidies for fruit and vegetables implying that this may halt the effects of the looming world obesity crisis.

These are vital factors for helping global food production as well as the combined transport and logistics sector to revisit and improve the deployment of capacity and technology along the perishable supply chain,” says Cool Logistics managing director, Alex von Stempel.

Other speakers lined up include Chayenne Wiskerke, managing director of JWK Wiskerke Onions, Netherland’s premier onion exporter and Alexis Michel, group logistics and reefer senior vice president of CMA CGM.

The Netherlands exports more onions than China, the world’s leading producer, says Wiskerke.

Considered a ‘paying return cargo’ by shipping lines on South-North trade routes, fresh onions represent a rare yet steady and eminently plannable commodity for carriers eager to reposition reefer boxes to Southern Hemisphere export regions during peak season.