The International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) has released its annual Global Top 25 List of the largest temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics providers in the world.
Accompanying the Global Top 25 is the IARW North American Top 25 List. For the first time, IARW has also compiled a list of the largest operators in Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe, reflecting the strength of the cold chain in both regions. The lists are determined by total capacity of temperature-controlled space.
Companies worldwide reported increased capacity and several new companies joined IARW in the past year. As a result, the combined space of IARW total membership is significantly higher.
IARW members currently own or operate 4.73 billion cubic feet (133.96) million cubic meters)—a 7.78% increase from May 2014, when the lists were last published.
The Global Top 25 currently operates 3.58 billion cubic feet (101.34 million cubic meters), a 6.45% increase from 2014. The North American Top 25 operates 2.81 billion cubic feet (79.54 million cubic meters), a 3.96% increase from 2014. The European Top 25 operates 585.00 million cubic feet (16.57 million cubic meters). The Latin American Top 25 operates 234.23 million cubic feet (6.63 million cubic meters).
“Our industry is continuing to grow to serve the needs of the food industry, particularly in countries outside North America and Europe,” said Corey Rosenbusch, IARW president and chief executive officer. “Members are continuing to expand in developed markets, but are also focusing on emerging and developing markets where cold chain services are most needed.”
IARW represents 1,184 temperature-controlled facilities across 60 nations. Its warehouse members offer a range of logistics services, including storage, transportation, processing, blast freezing, and exports. A complete listing of all IARW warehouse members can be found in the Global Cold Chain Directory, which is available for free online or as a mobile app. For more information, go to www.gcca.org/directory.
Many of these companies will be participating in the 124th IARW-WFLO Convention & Expo, set for April 26–29, 2015 in Orlando FL. To register and learn more, visit the convention website at www.gcca.org/124th-iarw-wflo-convention-expo/.