Now in its third year, the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), Alexandria, Va., and United Fresh Produce Association, Washington, D.C., present Global Cold Chain Expo 2018, to be held June 25-27 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Global Cold Chain Expo 2018 is said to be the only event where businesses gather to find solutions and share best practices for managing the complexities of the perishable supply chain. Attendees gain a high level of brand recognition and targeted business development opportunities in front of key buying audiences that produce, handle, store, transport or are involved in the distribution of perishable products and looking to optimize their supply chain and/or improve facility operations. And, the show floor will consist of more than 7,500 decision-makers and innovators from retail, foodservice, processing, production, distribution, logistics and transportation representing refrigerated, frozen, ambient and fresh operations.

New expo on the show floor. New this year is the new and fifth expo to join the already co-located shows—the International Floriculture Expo, United FreshMKT and United FreshTEC. The new SmartFood Expo, launched by United Fresh, EnsembleIQ, Chicago, and Progressive Grocer magazine, will focus on the “better-for-you” market, bringing retail and foodservice buyers a one-stop shop to natural foods, plant-based foods, fresh and healthy, organics, raw foods and products with clean labels and limited ingredients. The SmartFood Expo Conference will bring together industry leaders to explore consumer trends, market data, merchandising strategies and more to help retailers and foodservice executives build upon growth in the “healthy foods” segment.

Cold chain conference. These presentations target middle management of food processors, distributors, retailers, transportation and cold chain providers and feature high-level supply chain leaders from food processors and retailers. The breakout sessions focus on facility general managers, supply chain logistics decision-makers and facility and corporate engineers.

Show floor education. Programs highlight innovations in the cold chain and showcase new products and technologies impacting the future of the supply chain. Topics range from how to lower operating costs in a high-end industry, navigating clean building principles, maximizing food safety across the cold chain and more.

Innovation Showcase Spotlight. This segment highlights new products and technologies in a casual setting with quick, focused content.

Construction X-Change. Sponsored by the International Association for Cold Storage Construction (IACSC), this informal discussion-based series of sessions is designed for construction professionals to discuss trends, technologies and challenges.

Ask An Expert. Attendees receive answers to the most pressing cold chain questions from food scientists, logistics and packaging experts stationed and ready to discuss cold chain challenges.

Go to to register and learn more about the 2018 Global Cold Chain Expo. And, visit Refrigerated & Frozen Foods at Booth 4127.