Eric Prieur, former director of cold chain sustainability for Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration System, was not looking for personal recognition. In fact, he simply believed in the work that he was doing, which involved everything from contribution to the food industry to positions in industry organizations and oversight for academic research.
Prieur was a trailblazer for global programs aimed to reduce food waste and the resultant CO2 emissions. He was one of the founding members of the Global Food Cold Chain Council (GFCCC). And, he wasn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves and go to work.
It’s these champions-turned-superheroes that keep the supply chain and logistics industry moving forward.
By definition, a superhero possesses special powers to fight evil and protect the universe.
Prieur died in a plane crash on March 10, 2019 while en route to Nairobi, Kenya, on behalf of Carrier, to speak on the connection between food loss/waste and climate change. While he may not have been fighting evil, per se, he was trying to protect the universe.
It was these and other contributions to the food supply chain industry that posthumously earned him Food Logistics’ 2020 Champion of the Year.
Prieur is just one of the many, many champions in the industry though.
You see, not all superheroes wear capes. There are many different superheroes in the world. Doctors, nurses, teachers, police, firemen, blue-collar workers, the men and women in uniform who serve our country, the list goes on.
Then there’s the industry folks who work hard every day to put quality, safe, healthy, delicious food on the table for you and your families.
Farmers, processors, equipment manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, packagers, cold storage providers, transportation providers, supply chain folks, incubators, investors, grocery retailers, line operators, food safety techs, design-build firms, fleet managers, port operators, distributors, warehousing, scientists, chefs, executives, energy management specialists, inventors, creators, thinkers, believers, entrepreneurs, everyone involved from farm to fork—they’re all superheroes.
Sometimes superheroes don’t like to be seen or heard. To them, it’s just about the doing the right thing. It’s about being a good person. It’s about helping others in their time of need. It’s about making the planet a better place.
And that’s what all of our 2020 Rock Stars of the Supply Chain did. They continue to make the world a better place.
And, check out https://www.foodlogistics.com/awards to nominate yourself or your company for a future award.
Actual superhero cape optional.