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The design of the new facility that is planned to commence operation at the end of 2023. Image credit: Maersk

Maersk to open integrated cold chain facility in New Zealand

The global logistics giant continues to integrate end-to-end cold chains with the announcement of a new 45 000 sqm cold chain facility in the Waikato District, the fourth largest region in New Zealand. By integrating the state-of-the-art cold store with the depot and intermodal connections, Maersk will provide better logistics solutions for both import and export customers, catering for their increasing needs for more efficient, tech-enabled and temperature-controlled supply chains.Read More »Maersk to open integrated cold chain facility in New Zealand

Large-scale bilateral energy trading is the first step in South Africa’s plan to ultimately open up the grid to allow more flexible electricity trading. Image credit: Torsten Simon | Pixabay

NERSA approval on renewable energy projects positive for crippling conditions in SA

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has approved the first 100MW renewable power generation projects in the private market. The two projects to receive the NERSA approval are 100MW solar PV projects in the North West province that are being developed, financed, constructed and operated by the Sola Group and its partners.Read More »NERSA approval on renewable energy projects positive for crippling conditions in SA

The impacts of the war in Ukraine on global food security should be addressed urgently and prevented from escalating further. Image credit: FAO Official Photo Stream

Europe and Central Asia commit to ensuring food-secure, sustainable and inclusive agrifood systems

Countries of Europe and Central Asia are united in protecting food production, supplies and trade, even during times of war. At the Thirty-third Session of the Regional Conference for Europe in Łódź, Poland, 50-plus FAO members discussed possible paths and approaches for realising this goal and for improving nutrition and food security in the region and around the globe.Read More »Europe and Central Asia commit to ensuring food-secure, sustainable and inclusive agrifood systems

A colour sorting machine from the macadamia processing facility. Image credit: Marquis Macadamias

Marquis cracks open the food safety debate with tech first

An AUD9-million investment in food safety technology has seen Marquis Macadamias become the first macadamia processor globally to successfully implement 5-log pasteurisation capability in its Australian and South African facilities through the installation of Napasol pasteurisation systems. Since Marquis commenced the pasteurisation process in 2015, the company has processed, tested, and approved more than 30 000 tonnes of kernel across its global operations.Read More »Marquis cracks open the food safety debate with tech first

Over 150 countries are participating this year, and the UN will engage governments, businesses, civil society, schools, celebrities, cities and communities to raise awareness and celebrate environmental action. Image credit: Ejaugsburg | Pixabay

World Environment Day 2022

Did you know that we [humans] are using the equivalent of 1.6 Earths to maintain our current way of life, and ecosystems cannot keep up with our demands. The gap between what we need to spend to adapt and what we are actually spending is widening. Estimated costs of adaptation continue to rise and could reach USD280-500 billion per year by 2050 for developing countries alone. Individuals and civil society must play a key role in raising awareness and urging governments and the private sector to make large-scale changes.Read More »World Environment Day 2022

Designers and managers of fresh produce supply-chain networks have an enormous responsibility to balance the evolving needs of all stakeholders to ensure that needs are met as requirements constantly change. Image credit: Creative Commons | Supplied

Service and innovation gearing fresh produce supply chains for global demand

In a rapidly changing environment, supply chains are becoming ever more critical – no less so for fresh produce. Agile innovation and customer service are the key to meeting these needs and ensuring nutrition for the world, writes Gerhard Stander, director: retail and agriculture at CHEP Sub-Saharan Africa.Read More »Service and innovation gearing fresh produce supply chains for global demand