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ICE-India Cold Chain Expo-2011@ Mumbai on 1st & 2nd December 2011


About The Event

About ICE:

The India Cold Chain Expo - ICE, offers a global opportunity to present product and service information to the largest concentration of public refrigerated warehouses, refrigerated logistics, refrigerated construction and refrigerated transportation. The expo will be the singular interactive forum* offering a unique opportunity to participants to avail the benefits from the strength of the programs and quality of facilities offered.

Indian Agriculture is witnessing a shift towards its sub-sectors of horticulture, meat & poultry, dairy and their products, which all are perishables. Horticulture alone, in the last decade, has become the second largest producer of fruits and vegetables in the world, next only to China. India currently produces about 190 Million tones of fruits and vegetables. Diversification and value addition are the key words in the Indian agriculture today. These changes along with the emerging food retail sector, especially with the opening up of Foreign Direct Investment, have brought in a lot of opportunities in the domestic sector. Market liberalization and increasing shift in consumer demand have also offered attractive opportunities for agricultural exporters from developing countries.

Objectives – ICE 2011

  • To bring all the key stakeholders together to be the part of the Cold Chain Development in the country
  • Review the challenges and the need in the Indian Cold Chain to discuss the possible solutions
  • Create a base for business collaborations and networking to provide opportunities for Indian as well as International players.
  • Create a platform for knowledge sharing through projection of innovative and cost effective technologies and display of relevant cold chain services and equipments
  • Recommend policy initiatives and promotional schemes for Cold Chain Sector in India

Who Will Benefit

  • Indian Fruit and Vegetable Businesses
  • Food Processing Businesses
  • Warehouse / Cold Storage Owners
  • Representatives of Growers Association of Fruits and Vegetables.
  • Refrigeration and Cold Chain Equipment and technology suppliers
  • Cold Logistics players like shipping lines, Transporters, Container Companies, Warehousing Agents, Supply Chain Solution Providers, Ports- Indian and international.
  • Large format retailers and wholesalers
  • Academic and Research Institutions
  • Government organizations
  • Banks and Financial Institutions
  • Consultants from the relevant spheres who are interested in knowledge building.
  • Packaging Service Providers
  • Specialized Equipment Providers
  • Refrigeration Solution Providers
  • Seafood Companies
  • Logistics Service Providers
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Laboratories/ Healthcare centres

Why should you attend ICE 2011?

  • To get upgraded with latest trends & technologies in the Cold Chain, followed globally
  • To implement best practices for better efficiency, learnt from industry leaders
  • To raise the funds or investments for the growing chain from private equity and venture capital
  • To access the advantages by overcoming challenges in the cold chain & being cost effective

Quick facts:

  • The cold chain industry is estimated to be as large as Rs 10,000-15,000 crore, growing at 20-25 per cent and is expected to touch Rs 40,000 crore by 2015.
  • India is the largest producer of fruits and the second largest producer of vegetables in the world, with total production of 63.5 million tones of fruits and 125.89 million tones of vegetables
  • It is the largest producer of milk with 105 million MT per year, produces 6.5 million tones of meat and poultry and 6.1 million tones of fish.
  • The perishable products transaction volume in India is estimated to be around 230 million MT.
  • As per industry estimates approximately 104 million MT of perishable produce is moved in the country in a year, out of which around 100 million MT goes through non – reefer mode and remaining four million MT goes through reefer transport.
  • The value of reefer transportation business in India (both organized & unorganized segment put together) is estimated at about Rs. 1100 crores (USD 250 million).
  • It is estimated that about 25000 vehicles are involved in perishable products transportation of which dairy (wet milk) constitute about 80%, thereby leaving only about a fleet of 5000 refrigerated transport vehicles for all other categories put together.
  • Most cold storage and refrigerated transport capacity is operated by small, non integrated firms that do not make use of state – of – the – art technology or management practices.

Cold Chain scenario

  • India is the largest producer of fruits (73.52 million tones) and the second largest producer of vegetables (136.1 million tones) in the world. The agriculture sector in the country is going through a major transformation driven by improving policy environment, increasing public private participation and an increasing thrust on the improvement of rural infrastructure.
  • The total available basket of perishable products is estimated to be around 336 million tons which comprise fresh fruits and vegetables, milk and milk products, meat and marine products and poultry, ice – cream and vaccines.
  • Though, India has made significant progress in terms of creating refrigerated warehouses, it still is far behind when compared with major horticulture producers of the world in terms of storage space available for per MT of F&V produced.
  • Most of the infrastructure uses outdated technology and is Single commodity based. When compared with World standards in respect of Cargo movement through cold chain India is still far behind. The percentage of movement of F&V through Cold Chain in US is to the tune of around 80 – 85% whereas the level in Thailand is 30 – 40 % as compared to negligible in India.
  • Another critical constraint is lack of refrigerated vehicles for movement of perishables produce (with exception of milk). Though there are more than 25000 vehicles and 250 operators involved in refrigerated transport but 80% of this capacity is dedicated for milk only.

Some major developments and initiatives in Indian Cold Chain sector:

  • In Financial year 2009 – 10, Ministry of Food Processing % Industries has sanctioned 10 cold chain projects under the “Scheme for Cold Chain, Value Addition and Preservation Infrastructure”
  • In last two years a number of private entrepreneurs have invested in cold chain infrastructure
  • A number of international majors in cold chain logistics have started operations in India during this period
  • An important development is the movement of refrigerated wagons through Railway network under Public Private Partnership model
  • Growth of Organized retail network including Cash & Carry operations by International retail chains is driving demand for value added perishable food products

The Bottlenecks

  • Development is an ongoing process with every new step throwing up new challenges or old issues rising up in new form. Efforts have been made in last three years to resolve the key issues identified by Task Force and previous Summits. Since then some new issues have come up and some old ones have resurfaced in new form, of which the important ones are discussed below:
  • Lack of know how and trained manpower – With the increasing number of infrastructural projects , the availability of manpower with appropriate skill sets to handle modern technology 
  • Lack of backward & forward linkages to supplement Cold Chain – Cold chain in itself is not a complete solution to address quality and marketability issues concerning perishable produce. The commodities which travel through Cold Chain should have enough market value so as to absorb cost of Cold Chain 
  • Lack of trust on viability of Cold Chain projects – Cold Chain projects are still seen by the investors as high on capital low, on volumes and having long payback period for the investment. Apart from this Cold Chain projects also involve aggressive marketing and investment on Backward & Forward linkages; this coupled with dearth of successful demonstration projects in the sector is keeping potential investors away. 
  • High capital investment – High capital is required at initial stage adds to huge cost of capital, which makes it unviable for investors to invest in the hi – end cold chain facility. The lack of institutional investors in the sector has resulted into unorganized and under developed cold storage and refrigerated transport sector. 
  • High operational costs due to high cost of power - Cold Chain costs India v / s World: 
  • Problems of optimization in reefer transport – Non availability of two way cargo movement / back haulage, interstate barriers, octroi check – posts, bad roads etc are some of the issues which not only increase the operating cost but also affect timely delivery and the fleet utilization.

A brief Comparison of the Ambient rate / km and Reefer rate / km is shown below:

Government Policy & Initiatives taken

  • 1. All the relevant schemes pertaining to the Cold Chain Industry have been outlined and a separate compendium has been prepared containing all these schemes.
  • 2. A Special Purpose Vehicle has been set up for the Cold Chain Logistics
  • 3. Setting up of National Centre for Cold Chain Development (NCCD). NCCD Activities are:
  •     Training and Capacity Building
  •     Research and Development
  •     Building standards through International benchmarking
  •     Interaction with National / International bodies for development of cold – chain infrastructure and trade in perishable

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