Masthead - FoodChain Middle East

Key Topics

  • A sustainable development approach to cold chain, in line with government goals.
  • Dubai’s Food Bank, with food safety as an integral requisite for the success of the initiative
  • The volume of business of cold storages in the UAE in view of the rise in population and economic growth channels
  • The significance of the World EXPO 2020 in Dubai in the context of a need for establishing additional cold storage infrastructure and strengthening sustainable development goals
  • 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 critical importance of purpose-built facilities
  • 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
  • Dubai Municipality’s software- and sensor-based food safety management system (currently under development), as a vital tool for real-time monitoring of the temperature and relative humidity in all food production and processing facilities, and possibly even warehouses.
  • The compulsions and constraints faced by specialised refrigeration consultants and contractors – the larger picture – and how they are possibly affecting or impairing their ability to deliver optimum solutions with an eye on energy efficiency and reliability
  • How technology solutions providers can offer cutting-edge solutions towards greater energy efficiency, emissions reductions and reliability; business terms & conditions; and aftermarket services and support structures
  • 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