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The cold chain makes modern life possible. A global network of refrigerated warehouses, vehicles, display cabinets and domestic fridges and freezers keep our food and pharmaceuticals safe. Without this crucial supply chain, society and the economy wouldn't function as we know it.

This podcast focuses in on the businesses that operate the UK cold chain. Host, and CEO of the Cold Chain Federation Shane Brennan, interviews key leaders and influencers from within the businesses that own and manage the cold chain, as well as some of the people that service, research and regulate it.

The Cold Chain Podcast The Cold Chain Podcast

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The cold chain makes modern life possible. A global network of refrigerated warehouses, vehicles, display cabinets and domestic fridges and freezers keep our food and pharmaceuticals safe. Without this crucial supply chain, society and the economy wouldn't function as we know it.

This podcast focuses in on the businesses that operate the UK cold chain. Host, and CEO of the Cold Chain Federation Shane Brennan, interviews key leaders and influencers from within the businesses that own and manage the cold chain, as well as some of the people that service, research and regulate it.

    Dean Attwell - Oakland International

    Dean Attwell - Oakland International

    Dean Attwell is the Owner and Chief Executive of Redditch-based Oakland International . Since being forced into cold chain following a radical change of business direction in 1999, Dean and his wife Sallie have never looked back, running one of the most unique and fast growing businesses in UK cold chain. In this episode Shane and Dean talk about the importance of having the entrepreneurial drive to seize opportunities, how to marry business objectives with environmental and social conscience and the optimism we should all have about the value that people are ascribing to cold chain today. We also couldn't pass up the opportunity to find out more about Dean's expeditions to both the North and South Poles. 

    • 41 Min.
    COLD CHAIN CONVERSATION - Defining Net Zero

    COLD CHAIN CONVERSATION - Defining Net Zero

    In this special edition of the podcast we share the recording of our Cold Chain Conversation event held on the 10th February 2021. 

    Chaired by Cold Chain Federation Chief Executive Shane Brennan, the panel discussed what can or should net zero mean for the cold chain. The discussion forms part of the ongoing road to net zero project launched by the Federation in October 2020 - see report. Panellists include: 


    Professor Judith Evans - Southbank University   
    Professor Alan McKinnon - Kuehne Logistics University 
    Professor Toby Peters - University of Birmingham
    Dr Tim Fox - Institute of Mechanical Engineers 
    Tim Moran - Regional Vice President - Lineage Logistics 

    and contribution from Tom Southall Policy Director Cold Chain Federation.   

    • 1 Std. 18 Min.
    BREXIT SPECIAL - One Month In - PART TWO - GLOBAL BRITAIN

    BREXIT SPECIAL - One Month In - PART TWO - GLOBAL BRITAIN

    One month into life outside the EU single market Shane Brennan talks to one of worlds leading experts in international food trade. Emily Rees is a Senior Fellow at European Centre for International Political Economy  and Managing Director at Trade Strategies, a trade and regulatory advisory consultancy.In PART ONE Shane and Emily talk about the state of UK to EU trade flows today and in coming weeks and months. In PART TWO they discuss what Global Britain might actually mean for UK food trade and the cold chain. 


    ABOUT EMILY REES - An economist by training, Emily’s expertise lies at the intersection of trade, sustainability and agriculture. Her areas of interest include “new generation” trade issues including animal welfare, anti-microbial resistance, environmental food standards and values in trade.

    • 21 Min.
    BREXIT SPECIAL - One Month In - PART ONE - UK AND EU TRADE

    BREXIT SPECIAL - One Month In - PART ONE - UK AND EU TRADE

    One month into life outside the EU single market Shane Brennan talks to one of worlds leading experts in international food trade. Emily Rees is a Senior Fellow at European Centre for International Political Economy  and Managing Director at Trade Strategies, a trade and regulatory advisory consultancy.In PART ONE Shane and Emily talk about the state of UK to EU trade flows today and in coming weeks and months. In PART TWO they discuss what Global Britain might actually mean for UK food trade and the cold chain. 


    ABOUT EMILY REES - An economist by training, Emily’s expertise lies at the intersection of trade, sustainability and agriculture. Her areas of interest include “new generation” trade issues including animal welfare, anti-microbial resistance, environmental food standards and values in trade.

    • 30 Min.
    PODCAST SPECIAL - Covid Vaccine and the Cold Chain

    PODCAST SPECIAL - Covid Vaccine and the Cold Chain

    In this episode Shane Brennan talks to Professor Toby Peters of the University of Birmingham about the role that the cold chain will play in getting covid vaccines into communities across the world. 

    • 29 Min.
    COLD CHAIN LIVE! SPECIAL - Steven Lawrence, Chief Executive Magnavale Group

    COLD CHAIN LIVE! SPECIAL - Steven Lawrence, Chief Executive Magnavale Group

    In our final interview of the Cold Chain Live! series Shane talk to property investor and cold chain disruptor Steven Lawrence. His Magnavale group is one of the fastest growing businesses in UK cold chain and his exciting plans for new developments have the potential to really shake up the UK cold chain. 

    • 30 Min.

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