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Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. is adding 142 hybrid electric trucks to its fleet, giving the company the largest hybrid electric truck fleet in North America.

The Atlanta-based company says the move is part of an energy conservation effort and notes that it will add the hybrid electric delivery trucks throughout the United States and Canada when the addition to its Midwest Coca-Cola Bottling Co. facility is complete in August.

CEO John Brock says the efforts, "coupled with other energy saving measures here in the Twin Cities and elsewhere, are not only a commitment to the environment, but they're also good business practices."

The company says the trucks are the largest hybrid electric delivery trucks in North America, costing about $85,000 each. However, the company also said the trucks, which cost more than traditional delivery trucks, will produce 37 percent fewer emissions and use 32 percent less fuel than standard trucks, thus offsetting the cost of the initial investment over time.


Global Cold Storage Capacity Increasing: IARW Report

Public refrigerated warehouse (PRW) storage capacity is increasing around the world, according to the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses' (IARW) Global Cold Storage Capacity Report.

The Washington-based IARW has collected data for the 2008 report from over 40 countries. In addition, IARW has compiled profiles of national PRW markets in 18 countries, including several emerging and developing markets. This is also the first year that the report has shown a full decade of industry growth.

IARW monitors PRW capacity in 45 nations and regions. In those places where data was collected in 2006, capacity increased in 17 places while it remained flat in six nations. Data in other areas was insufficient to draw any conclusions.

Areas showing the greatest increases were France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Brazil. Total global capacity for these countries for 2008 is 6,350.32 million cubic feet (179.82 million cubic meters), which represents a 15 percent increase from 2006.

This growth suggests a worldwide trend toward increasing cold storage capacity driven by a greater reliance on the cold chain to meet growing trade and consumption rates of perishable products. Overall global capacity in 2008, including the 25 original countries surveyed, is approximately 247.77 million cubic meters (8,749.97 million cubic feet).

This report also marks the first time that IARW has been able to collect accurate data for the cold storage industries in China and India since 1998. In both countries, there has been significant increase in capacity since then. China shows a 20 percent increase and India's capacity has more than doubled since 1998.

IARW has published the Global Cold Storage Capacity Report, the only resource for worldwide cold storage capacity statistics, every two years since 1998. The publication follows the release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service's biennial summary of cold storage capacity in the United States.

In the United States, the USDA report shows that the public refrigerated warehouse (PRW) industry continues to dominate the overall cold storage industry. According to USDA, public general warehouse capacity totaled 2.50 billion gross cubic feet (71 million cubic meters) in 2007, accounting for 75 percent of the general cold storage in the U.S.

States that experienced the most significant gains in capacity are Illinois (three percent), Arkansas (32 percent) and Delaware (26 percent). Public general storage capacity increased three percent since 2005 and is 22 percent above the capacity of 10 years ago. Private and semiprivate general warehouse capacity totaled 822 million gross cubic feet (23 million cubic meters), or 25 percent of the general gross refrigerated space. Today, PRWs operate nearly 1.68 billion cubic feet (47 million cubic meters) more than their private counterparts.

"The cold storage industry is continuing to grow rapidly around the world," notes Bill Hudson, IARW president and CEO. "Additionally, we are seeing more and more companies choose to rely on the expertise of the third party logistics industry to meet their storage and distribution needs."

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