Key Topics

  • Latest updates in food safety & quality control (FSQA)
  • The food security report card to date
  • Sector update: Cold chain logistics (warehousing and transport refrigeration)
  • Profiles in explosive growth: The thriving of food retail, despite the general economic slowdown, despite COVID-19
  • The GCC region’s digital transformation
  • The progress of AI- and IoT-based solutions in building performance: Drawing parallels with the food industry
  • Incorporating Digital Twin in the food cold chain and the whole gamut of predictive maintenance and self-optimisation solutions: Opportunities and challenges; the role of AI, IoT and BMS in real-time monitoring of the temperature and relative humidity in all food production and processing facilities and warehouses
  • The roadmap for stakeholder synergy in adopting digital solutions: The crucialness of ensuring all conceivable cold chain equipment are singing in harmony
  • Costing for the shift to a digital landscape
  • The current state of health of large, medium and small cold storage warehouses in terms of Food Safety & Quality Assurance (FSQA) performance – the quality of specialised refrigeration-related consultancy and contracting services, plus operations and maintenance
  • The integrity of cold storage warehouses, and the burden of liability: A close look at the current scenario, and the responsibility of the owner of the food business, landlord of the property, consultant and contractor
  • The critical importance of purpose-built facilities
  • A role for regulators in enhancing the quality of cold storage construction through specific building codes for greater reliability and for conserving energy
  • The critical importance of enforcement measures and technical capacity building of inspection teams
  • The compulsions and constraints faced by specialised refrigeration consultants and contractors – the larger picture – and how they are possibly affecting or impairing their ability to deliver optimum solutions with an eye on energy efficiency and reliability
  • The role of Warehouse Management Systems, and the importance of training and capacity-building of warehouse personnel, including managers and food handlers
  • International transport refrigeration standards, codes and best practices: What aspects in them can the region look to adopt?
  • Fleet health: Examining the condition of transport refrigeration vehicles plying on the roads of the GCC region, in terms of hygiene (seamless flooring, handling practices, maintenance), insulation (construction and assembly of panels, including proper interlocking) and air flow
  • The business model of relying on leasing and rental companies for transport refrigeration vehicles
  • Is there a need for evaluating and strengthening current enforcement mechanisms related to transport refrigeration?
  • Action plan and schedule for empowering enforcement officials with the necessary tools, skills and strategies to ensure the integrity of transport refrigeration systems and processes in the region
  • Current level of skills.