Cold Chain Champions

The newly launched Georgia Tech Integrated Food Chain Center will bring high value and market power to participants in the cold chain.


Continued Research And Development

The Georgia Tech Integrated Food Chain will address the following issues:

• Temperature control (stability and challenge) testing: Provides cumulative supply chain effects of time, temperature and other environmental effects on product quality.
• Food and distribution engineering: Provides abuse testing to determine product design and packaging and distribution methods.
• Cold chain assessment and audit.
• Predictive modeling: Provides predictions of the deterioration process.
• Supply chain modeling: Develops models and methodology for designing supply chains to optimize costs.
• Automated data capture and processing: Engineers onboard vehicle systems for automatic data capture.
• Performance reporting and index: Provides customer- and product-specific performance ratings.
• Supply chain management technology: Develops technologies and methodologies for visibility, tracking, and tracing.
• Continuing education and certification: Provides a learning center for cold chain participants.
• Supply chain management technology showcase: Demonstrates how technologies perform.
• Sustainable energy management: Assesses and correlates the impact to product quality of temperature management.
• Risk and loss assessment and management: Assesses vulnerabilities leading to product loss, quality deterioration and public health hazards.
• Policy analysis: Develops policies and models of success at regional, national and global levels for resilient and sustainable food chains.
• Benchmarking and analytics: Provides industry and best-in-class comparisons contributing to sustainable and resilient food chains. —A.T.

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