Earlier this spring I was thrilled to attend the Refrigerated Foods Association’s (RFA) 42nd annual conference and expo in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. The conference included outstanding networking opportunities and social events, a service project, and a chance to hear from some of the best and brightest in cold foods. It was another great reminder of the industry’s dedication to feeding the world in a safe and sustainable manner.

Speaking of sustainability, for the May cover story, we talked to companies throughout the cold supply chain to find out how they are tackling waste, increasing energy efficiencies and going green.

The May installment of our “Hot Cities for Cold Storage” series examines the Port of Oakland, and what makes the city known as the “bright side of the Bay” a bustling location for Asian exports.

The issue’s third feature examines the growing market for fresh and frozen baby food and the new ways it’s reaching consumers.

We also have an excellent column from Jassi Grewal, P.E., chief mechanical engineer at The Austin Company on energy-saving practices in cold facility construction.

And our departments focus on form-fill-seal (FFS) equipment; freezing and chilling technology; and new offerings in frozen and refrigerated dairy foods.

As always, thank you for reading!