Temperature-controlled logistics trade body the Cold Chain Federation (CCF) has announced the line up of speakers set to attend its annual conference, Cold Chain Live.

The conference, which takes placed at Telford International Centre on 4th and 5th September 2024, will be chaired by TV news presenter Maryam Moshiri, will feature two days of discussion, insight and debate about the temperature-controlled logistics industry’s foremost opportunities and challenges, including:

  • The state of the cold chain industry in 2024
  • The temperature-controlled logistics industry as a driver of economic prosperity
  • A workforce to futureproof the cold chain
  • Cold chain sustainability, resilience and social responsibility.

CCF chief executive Phil Pluck said: “The UK cold chain is at a fork in the road in 2024. Our industry has fantastic potential for sustainable growth but we also face major challenges today and in the decade ahead. How well we are able to grasp the opportunities and navigate those challenges depends in part on the next Government’s approach and policy choices, but also very substantially on our industry’s response to those policy choices, to our preparations for future resilience, and to investment into cold chain innovation, sustainability and people.”

Across the two-day conference, keynote sessions will be delivered by Jeff Kirby, founder and managing partner of temperature-controlled logistics investment manager Irbis Capital; Professor Toby Peters from University of Birmingham; Paul Whyte, MD of Best Food Logistics; and Cold Chain Federation president Paul Bennell.

The conference will also hear from Ross Taylor, owner and MD of Buffaload, and Owen McLellan and Gary Stott of surplus food redistributor Company Shop. As part of their presentations, Taylor, McLellan and Scott will touch upon sustainability, resilience and social responsibility.

In addition, the CFF has confirmed a session on the new government from Simon Darby, head of public affairs at communications agency PLMR. Cold Chain Federation deputy chief executive Tom Southall will also reveal new data on the economic value of the UK cold chain.