Federation estimates UK frozen food industry is worth £8 billion
The Cold Chain Federation has published a new report demonstrating the critical importance of the cold chain to UK food supply, food safety and reducing food waste.
The CCF says The Cold Chain details the contribution that the cold chain sector makes to the UK as a major employer; as a leader in technological innovation; and in tackling food waste and climate change. The report also looks at the industry’s progress on energy efficiency, and at the challenges and opportunities presented by Brexit.
The CCF’s chief executive Shane Brennan said: “This new report is designed to help everyone gain a fuller appreciation of what the cold chain does and why it matters so much. Knowledge is crucial to ensuring politicians and policy makers give our industry’s concerns and ideas the weight they deserve. As the Cold Chain Federation takes the messages of our industry to Westminster and Whitehall, we are encouraging our members to use this new report to start a dialogue with their MPs and Local Enterprise Partnerships about why the cold chain matters to their local communities as well as to the nation as a whole.
He added that the aims of the report tie in with those of World Refrigeration Day, when the report was launched.
The report finds:
- The cold chain employs in excess of 20,000 people in the UK, from warehouse operatives and drivers to systems analysts and robotics engineers.
- The UK frozen food industry is worth in excess of £8 billion and the chilled food industry in excess of £11 billion.
- CCF’s 150 members operate more than 450 specialist storage facilities, with around 3.5 bn cu m of cold storage space.
- Members operate more than 30,000 refrigerated trailers across the UK, plus more than 40,000 refrigerated vans.
- Around 400 cold store facilities are signed up to the cold store Climate Change Agreement.
The Cold Chain report can be found from Friday 26 June at www.coldchainfederation.org.uk/press-office/