Rising Frozen Food Demand Strains Cold Storage Chains
Growing demand for frozen food puts pressure on cold storage supply chains.
The burgeoning demand for frozen food, a market worth $265 billion globally, is stressing cold storage supply chains and putting the sector's growth and safety at risk. Frozen food sales in the U.S. alone topped $72 billion in 2022, up from $65 billion during the 2020 pandemic lockdowns, suggesting a trend towards bulk buying of freezable items. However, the sector faces challenges with approximately 13% of global food production lost annually due to insufficient cold storage supply chains. Companies like Phononic and Lineage Logistics, both part of CNBC’s 2023 Disruptor 50 list, are innovating to make the food supply chain more efficient and reduce waste.