Projects overview

The track record number two deals with projects related to these three working fileds with an emphasis on consultancy and management support.

Middle East - Asia - Africa - North/Central America
Western Europe - Central/Eastern Europe

WESTERN EUROPE

Germany 
Conduct risk analysis concerning potential temperature and contamination damages of a slaughterhouse with ammonia refrigeration system, including proposals for risk reduction.

Belgium 
Strategic and operational support, including reorganization, for warehouse and distribution company of chilled and frozen foods. 

Netherlands 
Act as guest-editor chilled and frozen food business and warehousing for a national leading newspaper.

Italy 
Co-edit the FAO compendium and the FAO internet publications on post-harvest horticultural products.

Netherlands 
Strategic advice on long-term trends and developments in European distribution industry for warehousing and distribution company of frozen foods.

Belgium 
Organize annual two-day education program for international refrigerated warehouse operators.

Germany 
Marketing and sales support for export packed, added value of vegetables to German food retail chains. 

Netherlands 
Advise web-based company on e-logistic affairs and distribution. 

Denmark 
Management support for national distribution center with fully automated high-bay storage and order picking operation. 
 
Ireland 
Research among leading Dutch retailers regarding marketing opportunities for chilled and frozen foods (branded and private label).

Germany 
Interim and project management for a refrigerated warehouse with primary distribution activities.

Netherlands 
Operational support attracting flows of perishable goods to international ports and investment promotion among cold storage and warehouse operators.

Denmark 
Expert opinion for the use at the Danish Supreme Court concerning alleged temperature damages of frozen shrimps during the transport from Greenland to Japan.

Spain 
Pre-feasibility report for an advanced technology refrigerated terminal with integrated automated pallet handling in the Port of Valencia.

Netherlands 
Technical and commercial reorganization of automated refrigerated warehouse of frozen mushroom processor. 

Germany/Worldwide 
Assist in the development of a new industry quality standard for the improvement of the cold chain during transportation by air, sea or road and related short/long term storage.

France/UK/Germany 
Feasibility study for frozen avocado and potato products in Europe on behalf of for North American manufacturer.

Belgium 
Supervise the sale of refrigerated warehouse and distribution activities for specialist in secondary distribution of frozen products to food retail and food service. 

Germany 
Investigate the causes for the temperature damage to 700 to of bananas on a refrigerated cargo vessel.

Greece 
Design and installation of refrigeration system on behalf of distribution warehouse. 

Belgium 
Supervise and monitor the local and provincial structures of around 7,000 farmers and horticulturists, organized in cooperatives for credit, purchase, insurance, machinery, self-help and guilds.

Germany 
Management support for cold storage and warehousing activities of regional chain of cold stores; strategic reorientation and upgrading of facilities.

Netherlands 
Feasibility study regarding handling and storage of orange and apple juices in one of the Northern ports.

Sweden 
Implementation of supply chain strategy for European frozen food manufacturer.

Netherlands 
Reorganize logistics department of one of the main auction houses for vegetables, fruit and flowers.


CENTRAL/EASTERN EUROPE

Russia 
Survey and analysis of business opportunities for port related cold stores and distribution centers, including port entry and inland transportation.

Croatia 
Assist national vegetable growers association with elaboration of business plans, introduction of internationally accepted quality standards for vegetables and the introduction of market information systems on production and vegetable trade.

Ukraine 
Development and implementation of a marketing strategy for processed agricultural products, based on the value chain approach, including market research, product development, sales organization and promotion.

Latvia/Russia 
Setting up the organization and providing on the job training programs for staff at logistics companies regarding all aspects of logistics, normal day-to-day office work and operational activities.

Bulgaria 
Strategic marketing planning and business development of wholesale markets in different regions; simultaneously create agricultural marketing advisory centers linked to these regional markets.

Ukraine 
Participate in one-week training program on modern storage and handling of perishable food products.

Russia 
Development of commercial database for follow-up activities of newly established wholesale market and the founding of a marketing and sales service organization for agricultural products.

Bulgaria
Train local researchers and refrigeration industry representatives regarding refrigeration issues and the cold chain.
 
Russia 
Improve quality control of selected food products and the harvest/post-harvest handling of potatoes, cabbage, carrots and red beetroot.

Bulgaria 
Organize various training courses and seminars dealing with farmers associations, marketing of fruit and vegetables, and management of agricultural extension services.

Ukraine 
Privatization of wholesale distribution structures in Donetsk and Dniepropetrovsk: production and sales analysis; develop, test and introduce packaging material and brand name.

Russia 
Feasibility study for Port of St. Petersburg refrigerated cargo terminal, involving market analysis, development of financial analysis format and investment/cost/revenue estimates. 
  
Armenia 
Draw up recommendations for the agro-business reform in the Lori Marz province.

Ukraine 
Assist in the modernization of privatized ice-cream and deep-freezing facilities in Kiev and Dnepropetrovsk.

Moldova 
Advise on the modernization of greenhouse and vegetable cultivation in Comrat.

Greece/Turkey
Organize one-day seminar on cold chain issues in cooperation with national association and international experts. 


NORTH/SOUTH AMERICA

United States 
Collaborate in USAID-sponsored training program on small-size farm management for Egyptian farmers.

Guatemala 
Identification of market opportunities for production and establishment of a farm development plan (including financial and marketing plan) for local agricultural business.

United States 
Develop technologies and packaging for maintaining the quality of fresh-cut vegetables (potato, artichoke, broccoli, carrots, onion, celery), apples and cantaloupes. 

Mexico 
Advise regional authorities on training of producers, researchers, and government personnel on production, quality control and post-harvest handling and technology of horticultural crops (bananas, mangoes, limes, vegetables).
 
United States
Investigate the interaction of ethylene-inhibitor (AVG) and storage temperature on the ripening of peach, nectarine and plum fruits.

Mexico 
Identify potential projects/products/sites to export fresh horticultural crops from Mexico to Europe, North America and Asia and to ensure their quality and marketing.  

United States 
Investigate respiration date of different fresh-cut produce under MAP environment. 

Peru 
Participate in international “cold chain”-project and hold presentation on proper handling procedures.

United States 
Assessment of markets, competitive factors, investments, revenues, operational and transport related issues for project involving the construction of portside cold storage and outer harbor reefer ship terminal.

Guatemala 
Assess the marketing possibilities of a range of locally produced agricultural products on the national and international market.

United States 
Determine the cost of electrical energy on board of seagoing vessels for the evaluation of cost savings by energy efficient reefer containers.

Mexico 
Organize the trade promotion of processed agricultural products like fruit juices, concentrates, preserved food, and frozen food and vegetables, including analysis of the trade and production areas and assessment of export capacity.

United States 
Investigate the effect of ethylene inhibitor on maintaining the quality of apples in cold storage.

Panama 
Site surveys for ´near port´ location of center for local imports and regional re-distributor of perishable consumer products from the USA.

Guatemala 
Cooperate in programs to provide technical consultation and training for fruit and vegetables growers. 

United States 
Preliminary design for rail and truck connected cold storage facility, including market and revenue review and financial feasibility tests.

Chile/Mexico/USA 
Supervise the development of technology, application practices, R&D, training, etc. for an international producer of applications for modified/controlled atmospheres for transport of perishable food. 

United States
Consult on and investigate the role of coatings on the post-harvest ripening of avocado, mango, papaya, lime and cantaloupe.

Canada 
Development of combined rail and truck routes for shipping hardy fruits and vegetables across the continent. 
  
United States 
Develop micro-perforated packaging to extend the shelf life of broccoli florets and cut carrots and to regulate the ripening of ethylene-treated banana hands. 


MIDDLE EAST

Jordan 
Hold presentation on cold chain improvement and food handling and storage procedures.  

Kuwait 
Survey, develop logistic concept, designing, engineering, tendering and construction management of distribution center for chilled and frozen foods with 20,000 pallet positions. 

Jordan 
Develop resource material on improvement of perishable produce handling, storage, processing capabilities and HACCP.

Yemen/Oman 
Lecture on issues related to the production and post-harvest handling of citrus, banana, papaya, figs, dates and tomatoes.
 

ASIA

India 
Provide hands-on training on handling, storage and post-harvest management of fresh produce.

China 
Study the technical developments on producing storage and on the processing and marketing of fruit in the Shaanxi province.

Kazakhstan 
Co-edit manual on credit application for farmers and rural entrepreneurs and an investment guide to agriculture.

India 
Cooperate with government agencies on developing report on fresh produce packaging and handling center at New Delhi airport.

Bangladesh 
Study the horticultural crop industry in the country, make recommendations for improvements, and conduct training programs on production and post-harvest technology and handling of crops.

Turkmenistan 
Analysis of input/output balance for agricultural inputs; identification of commercial opportunities and commercial infrastructure for farmers association.

Vietnam 
Advise the government and mango growing association in the Mekong Delta on improving the supply chain quality in order to sell goods in Metro food retail stores in Germany.

India 
Collaborate with regional government on establishing integral handling of bananas. 

Philippines 
Conduct seminars and workshops on handling and storage of perishable produce.
 
China 
Advise engineering firms and frozen wonton and dumpling processors on modernizing warehousing designs and freezing operations.

India 
Organize two-day education program for refrigerated warehouse operators on warehouse operations issues.

Indonesia 
Study the status of “the cold chain for food handling” and work with producers/companies to improve their operations. 

Asia and Africa 
Conduct workshops on perishable food production, handling, quality and distribution. 

  
AFRICA

Egypt 
Provide training in food safety, post-harvest handling of fruits, and HACCP.

North Africa 
Prepare, submit and present report on the status of the production and handling of food crops in the Elmaghreb region (Algeria, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Tunisia) and recommendations for improvements.

Egypt
Organize one-day seminar on cold chain issues in cooperation with national association and international experts.

Morocco 
Advise on modernization of semi-processed fruit production plant.

Egypt 
Provide training for mango producers, exporters, researchers, and government personnel involved in this industry.

Africa 
Conduct workshops on perishable food production, handling, quality and distribution. 


This list of project examples is not exhaustive; the expertise of the specialists goes considerably further and covers nearly all conceivable cold chain issues.