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DECEMBER 2012 | www.RFFmag.com BU S I N E S S AN D TECH NOLOGY SOLUTION S FOR COLD CHAI N PROFE S S IONALS 2012-2013 NORTH AMERICAN REFRIGERATED TRANSPORTATION GUIDE

Refrigerated Transportation Guide

Dear Reader:<br /> <br /> As chairman of the International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA), Alexandria, Va., I am proud to present Refrigerated & Frozen Foods’ guide to refrigerated transportation providers.<br /> <br /> Navigating the ever-changing landscape of cold chain logistics is never simple, but this guide makes it much easier. The companies highlighted in these pages are IRTA member companies, which means they have a strong commitment to the cold chain industry and have continuous access to the many scientifi c, training, regulatory and networking resources that IRTA offers. They are committed to industry best practices and can provide the level of service needed to maintain the highest standards of product quality.<br /> <br /> IRTA is the only association with a core international membership of companies involved in all major modes of the refrigerated transportation industry, including ports, trucking, warehousing and logistics, marine shipping, rail and air. Membership also includes businesses that are engaged in refrigerated food logistics, such as attorneys, claim agents, carriers, equipment suppliers, receivers and consignees.<br /> <br /> IRTA is a core member association of the Global Cold Chain Alliance, which also includes key industry organizations such as the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses, International Association for Cold Storage Construction and the World Food Logistics Organization.Together, we comprise a powerful network of cold chain expertise and resources that can quickly address any challenge in the cold chain industry.<br /> <br /> I’ve seen many cold chain logistics situations and challenges throughout my career that I know could have been prevented or mitigated with the right knowledge and service providers. Now it is possible to access all these resources to help ensure that we maintain a strong, continuous cold chain from start to finish each time a refrigerated or frozen product is shipped.<br /> <br /> Ultimately, IRTA is critical to the industry because it is devoted to building a reliable cold chain on a worldwide basis through cultivating, fostering and developing commercial and trade relations between those engaged in all aspects of producing, importing, exporting, transporting, warehousing and otherwise, dealing with commodities requiring refrigerated environments.<br /> <br /> If you’re interested in learning more about membership, please contact IRTA’s marketing and membership manager, James Rogers, at jrogers@gcca.org or 703-373-4300.<br /> <br /> I encourage you to experience the power of outsourcing and optimizing your supply chains with Refrigerated & Frozen Foods’ refrigerated transportation providers.<br /> <br /> Sincerely,<br /> <br /> John Williamson, Chairman, IRTA<br /> Director, E.L. Johnson’s Sons and Mowat Ltd.

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