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.
  • Elaborating on efforts and the palpable evidence of increase in best practices in the drive to strengthen FSQA in the UAE
  • How shortcuts in establishing cold storage and transport refrigeration can undermine FSQA efforts
  • The culture and ethos, and the policy, planning,implementation and enforcement measures in place in various nations in establishing FSQA protocols in relation to the upstream food cold chain
  • The same for midstream food cold chain (transport refrigeration in transmission, distribution hubs, etc.)
  • The same for downstream food cold chain (transport refrigeration in distribution, hypermarkets & supermarkets and other food establishments, consumers)
  • The role of technology in reinforcing FSQA (innovations in cold chain design, construction, installation and equipment)
  • 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.
  • Cost implications (total cost of ownership) and financial models
  • Environmental implications (lowering indirect emissions through energy efficiency and renewable energy)
  • The strides towards the use of low-GWP and low-ODP refrigerants in food establishments
  • 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