Cool, ‘who’s who’ report fills Brexit information vacuum


Annual report identifies top players in temperature-controlled sector.

Cold Chain News has published a comprehensive guide to the UK temperature-controlled logistics industry.

The guide, available from priced £150, includes tables that list the major players in the industry, including own account operators, logistics providers, body and trailer builders, van converters and truck refrigeration equipment suppliers.

The report sets out the size and scale of the British temperature-controlled transport, logistics and storage market. The report draws on extensive research carried out by the magazine, with contributions from companies in the sector, as well as other published sources of information, including government sources such as the DVLA, Department for Transport, Companies House, and VOSA.

The UK is one of the top markets for Europe’s cold chain industry in terms of storage space, which was 24 million cubic meters in 2018. The top five logistics providers in the UK alone operate over half a million square metres of cold storage. The massive food and drinks sector continues to dominate the cold chain industry, but in recent times there has been an exponential growth in the pharmaceutical sector, with the emergence of significantly sized refrigerated pharmaceutical transport logistics companies.

The report examines the trends, challenges, opportunities and threats facing the temperature-controlled logistics sector. These include the ramifications of a no-deal Brexit, the green movement (including the pressure to reduce carbon), along with the trend for consolidation in the industry.

Chapters include:

  • Size and shape of industry
  • Logistics providers
  • Top 25 logistics providers
  • Own account operators
  • Coldstore operators
  • Courier services
  • Van converters
  • Trailer and bodybuilders
  • Refrigerated manufacturers
  • Investment and consolidation
  • Brexit

Cold Chain News joint editor Dean Stiles says: “With so little reliable data available about this important sector, this guide helps fill an information vacuum. We look forward to updating it in the future.”