Transfrigoroute International (TI) held its Annual General Meeting on 13th and 14th October 2016 in London under the theme ‘Keep Cool Drive Growth – The critical role of temperature controlled transport in the European supply chain’. This year’s AGM also marked the first high-level meeting of the refrigerated transport sector after Brexit.

Commenting on the relevance of this year’s AGM for the sector, TI President and President of Transfrigoroute Holland Willem Zonnevijlle said:

This year’s AGM is taking place in a particular political context as the European Union is currently facing one of its biggest crisis, since the UK is rethinking its membership of the EU. TI, as the only independent specialist umbrella association for the temperature-controlled road transport sector, will have to deal with increased political and economic uncertainty. However, I have no doubt that we will continue to unite and represent this vibrant industry, more committed to sustainable growth, employment and innovation than ever before.

Hosted by the Food Storage & Distribution Federation (FSDF) as well as Transfrigoroute UK and supported by the European Cold Storage and Logistics Association (ECSLA), the 2016 AGM gathered 150 professionals and high-level stakeholders from across the industrial, political and scientific spheres. Participants were able to hear different and complementary perspectives about the implications of Brexit for the refrigerated transport sector both at UK and EU level. Professor John Manners-Bell, Transport Intelligence, notably shared his views on the complex impact of Brexit on the food supply chain.

During his keynote speech, Lord Robin Teverson, Member of the House of Lords, and former Member of the European Parliament, also added that “a bumpy road lies ahead” but “no one can really know what implications Brexit will have on the industry”. He however welcomed the European Heating & Cooling Strategy, stating that “at last, cooling is mentioned at EU level and seen as an important part of the EU’s energy policy”.

One of the other key issues faced by the industry at EU and national level highlighted during the event was the need to ensure the sustainability of the refrigerated road transport sector. Both David O’Gorman, Trailer Product Manager at Thermoking | Frigoblock, which was the Platinum Sponsor of the AGM, and Peter de Cock, Key Account Manager at Shell Nederland, shared inspiring best practices on how companies are using technological innovation to reduce their environmental footprint and ensure a sustainable energy transition–events/

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