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The cold chain makes modern life possible. A global network of refrigerated warehouses, vehicles, display cabinets and domestic fridges and freezers keep our food and pharmaceuticals safe. Without this crucial supply chain, society and the economy wouldn't function as we know it.

This podcast focuses in on the businesses that operate the UK cold chain. Host, and CEO of the Cold Chain Federation Shane Brennan, interviews key leaders and influencers from within the businesses that own and manage the cold chain, as well as some of the people that service, research and regulate it.
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In this special edition of the podcast we share the recording of our Cold Chain Conversation event held on the 10th February 2021.  Chaired by Cold Chain Federation Chief Executive Shane Brennan, the panel discussed what can or should net zero mean for the cold chain. The discussion forms part of the ongoing road to net zero project launched by the Federation in October 2020 - see report. Panellists include:  Professor Judith Evans - Southbank University    Professor Alan McKinnon - Kuehne Logistics University  Professor Toby Peters - University of Birmingham Dr Tim Fox - Institute of Mechanical Engineers  Tim Moran - Regional Vice President - Lineage Logistics  and contribution from Tom Southall Policy Director Cold Chain Federation.   
In our final interview of the Cold Chain Live! series Shane talk to property investor and cold chain disruptor Steven Lawrence. His Magnavale group is one of the fastest growing businesses in UK cold chain and his exciting plans for new developments have the potential to really shake up the UK cold chain. 
In this longer than the filmed version interview Paul Jackson talks about his experience in cold chain haulage, immediate issues of Brexit and covid-19 and the theme of this week's conference the Future of Transport and the road to Net Zero.  
As part of WEEK TWO of our Cold Chain Live! event Shane Brennan talks to the Managing Director for Supply Chain in UK and Ireland, Gavin Williams. they discuss how XPO views the net zero challenge, the company’s approach to technology and innovation and the importance of string customer relationships in achieving environmental goals. You can watch the interview here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHwtX-Seu4U
In this podcast version of the filmed interview (available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7NP_t_7qOo).  Shane talks to UK MD of Lineage Logistics and President of the Cold Chain Federation about Lineage's expansion, the changing structure of the UK market and Lineage's global mission to eliminate waste. 
In this episode Shane talks to one of the newest cold chain leaders in the industry. Jon Stowe took over as MD of UK cold chain institution ACS&T in August 2020. As he tells us in the episode this is the company/s centenary year. Jon's optimism and drive shines through explaining how he see's ACS&T unique offer fitting into a to dynamic and growing market. Jon's views on how is setting about building a positive team and working culture are particularly insightful.   
Dean Attwell is the Owner and Chief Executive of Redditch-based Oakland International . Since being forced into cold chain following a radical change of business direction in 1999, Dean and his wife Sallie have never looked back, running one of the most unique and fast growing businesses in UK cold chain. In this episode Shane and Dean talk about the importance of having the entrepreneurial drive to seize opportunities, how to marry business objectives with environmental and social conscience and the optimism we should all have about the value that people are ascribing to cold chain today. We also couldn't pass up the opportunity to find out more about Dean's expeditions to both the North and South Poles. 
One month into life outside the EU single market Shane Brennan talks to one of worlds leading experts in international food trade. Emily Rees is a Senior Fellow at European Centre for International Political Economy  and Managing Director at Trade Strategies, a trade and regulatory advisory consultancy.In PART ONE Shane and Emily talk about the state of UK to EU trade flows today and in coming weeks and months. In PART TWO they discuss what Global Britain might actually mean for UK food trade and the cold chain.  ABOUT EMILY REES - An economist by training, Emily’s expertise lies at the intersection of trade, sustainability and agriculture. Her areas of interest include “new generation” trade issues including animal welfare, anti-microbial resistance, environmental food standards and values in trade.
One month into life outside the EU single market Shane Brennan talks to one of worlds leading experts in international food trade. Emily Rees is a Senior Fellow at European Centre for International Political Economy  and Managing Director at Trade Strategies, a trade and regulatory advisory consultancy.In PART ONE Shane and Emily talk about the state of UK to EU trade flows today and in coming weeks and months. In PART TWO they discuss what Global Britain might actually mean for UK food trade and the cold chain.  ABOUT EMILY REES - An economist by training, Emily’s expertise lies at the intersection of trade, sustainability and agriculture. Her areas of interest include “new generation” trade issues including animal welfare, anti-microbial resistance, environmental food standards and values in trade.
In this episode Shane Brennan talks to Professor Toby Peters of the University of Birmingham about the role that the cold chain will play in getting covid vaccines into communities across the world. 
With the 'B' word back in the news headlines Shane talks to the NFU's EU and International Affairs Director, Nick Von Westenholz  about the implications of life outside the EU single market for UK farming and the wider food industry. A thoughtful and considered view from one of the genuine experts in a crowded and noisy debate. 
In the second trade association leader interview Shane talks to Road Haulage Association Chief Executive Richard Burnett. Shane and Richard reflect on the relaities of managing the interface between government and the logistics industry in the middle of a crisis. They talk about the challenge of supporting haulage businesses through the immediate challenges of covid-19 and Brexit, whilst trying to keep an eye on the challenges and opportunities coming down the track in the future. 
In the first of a mini series, Shane talks to the leader of one of the UK's largest trade federations. Ian Wright has led the Food and Drink Federation from 2015 and in that time has awoken a sleeping giant, ensuring that UK food manufacturing has a seat at the top table of Government. In his candid and typicaly engaging story telling style, Ian reflects on how the industry has coped with covid-19, his concerns about the UK's exit from the EU and his optimism for the UK's new food strategy. 
Shane talks to latest member of the Cold Chain Federation Board Andrew Lawarence. For 8 years Andrew has been a instrumental part of the Magnavale busines that from its first puyrchase of Via Cold Stores in 2012 has grown to a major UK player with 200,000 pallet places across multiple facilities. He talks about the groups ambitious and innovative plans for the future, not least the developemnt at Thames Enterprise Park, and he and Shane reflect on what modern leadership in the cold chain is all about. 
In the week NewCold unveiled its plans to build Europe's largest automated cold store in Corby, Northamptonshire Shane Brennan asks Jon about the plans; how NewCold has navigated through covid-19; why he believes automated stores are the future of cold chain and why he thinks businesses are continuing to invest in new warehousing inspite of economic downturn. 
To mark the start of Cold Chain Energy Week, Shane is joined by Dr Rob Lamb from Star Refrigeration - in this interview Rob's passion for supporting cold chain businesses to reduce costs and improve energy efficiency comes through. They talk about the balance between the opportunities of technology and systems reform, and above all the importance of measurement and monitoring. 
For ten years Nick Hay has run one of the largest temperature controlled supply chain businesses in the UK. In this episode he provides a view from the front line of coping with covid-19, talking candidly about how operational and customer relationships have adapted to cope. He also reflects on where industry has come from and where it is heading.
In this episode Shane Brennan talks to fellow cold chain association leaders about how covid-19 pandemic has impacted on the cold chain. Together they tell the story of how the industry has met the challenges of the crisis head on and reflect on what we might learn that will stay with us once this crisis is over. Includes contributions from Marcos Badenes - Secretario General ALDEFE (SPAIN) Debbie Corado - Director, GCCA (LATIN AMERICA)  Megan Costello - President and CEO - Global Cold Chain Alliance (USA)Davey Gerlings - Secretary General of NEKOVRI (THE NETHERLANDS) Julie Hanson - Director, GCCA (EUROPE)  Marianne Kintzel - Executive Officer, Refrigerated Warehouse and Transport Association (AUSTRALIA) Valerie Leserre - Deleguee Generale - La Chaine Logistique Du Froid (FRANCE) Lizelle Van De Berg - Director, GCCA (SOUTH AFRICA)  
In this episode Shane Brennan (CEO, Cold Chain Federation) talks to Gavin Parnell (Director, The Supply Chain Consulting Group) about what lessons we might learn about supply chain planning from Covid-19, ways to use data well in strategic decision making and how to establish a strong relationship between client and consultants. Check out the Supply Chain Consulting Group at https://www.sccgltd.com/
Ruth is the driving force behind Talent in Logistics, a business that provides conferences, awards and research in recruiting and developing logistics people. Shane and Ruth discuss what makes logistics people distinctive, what we are getting right and wrong in developing people and how we develop more female leaders across the cold chain.
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