Key Topics

  • Opportunities and challenges for the cold chain industry in the GCC region, in view of a surge in population translating into the need for more food establishments and support facilities. The level of investment in cold chain facilities
  • Overview of cold storage facilities in the GCC region
  • International best practices in cold storage design, construction, installation and O&M.
  • At the border: Maintaining thermal integrity of temperature-sensitive food products
  • Overview of transport refrigeration practices in the GCC region
  • International best practices in transport refrigeration
  • The current state of health of large, medium and small cold storage warehouses in terms of Food Safety & Quality Assurance (FSQA) performance – the quality of specialised refrigeration-related consultancy and contracting services, plus operations and maintenance
  • The integrity of cold storage warehouses, and the burden of liability: A close look at the current scenario, and the responsibility of the owner of the food business, landlord of the property, consultant and contractor
  • The scope and extent of blockchain in achieving greater traceability: Regressive analysis in resolving issues relating to cold storage design and construction. Answering questions on possible additional administrative work for food establishments and exploring any possible loopholes.
  • Legislation on cold storage and transport refrigeration.
  • A role for regulators in enhancing the quality of cold storage construction through specific building codes for greater reliability and for conserving energy
  • The critical importance of enforcement measures and technical capacity building of inspection teams
  • The role of Warehouse Management Systems, and the importance of training and capacity building of warehouse personnel, including managers and food handlers
  • International transport refrigeration standards, codes and best practices: What aspects in them can the region look to adopt?
  • Fleet health: Examining the condition of transport refrigeration vehicles plying on the roads of the GCC region, in terms of hygiene (seamless flooring, handling practices, maintenance), insulation (construction and assembly of panels, including proper interlocking) and air flow
  • Is there a need for evaluating and strengthening current enforcement mechanisms related to transport refrigeration?
  • Action plan and schedule for empowering enforcement officials with the necessary tools, skills and strategies to ensure the integrity of transport refrigeration systems and processes in the region