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Latin America Cold Chain Logistics Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

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  • 350 Pages
  • May 2021
  • Region: Latin America
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5332801
The Latin America Cold Chain Logistics Market was valued at USD 3077.15 million in the year 2020 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of more than 12% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

The cold chain market of Latin America was negatively affected by COVID-19 in the first few months; while in the later phase of the pandemic, the LATAM cold chain logistics market showed growth in the market backed by the rapid growth of international trade of perishable goods, technological progress in refrigerated transport and storage, infrastructure development support by the government, and the upsurge in the enlargement of food chains by MNCs.

In Latin America, the perishable food supply chain throughout the region continues to be strong, with food moving to retail outlets. Furthermore, warehouses have been reported to be full at capacity along with the labour shortage as a challenge. These factors are fueling the existing players in the region to expand technologically through mergers and aid the shortage of refrigerated space in the region.

For instance, in October 2020, Americold announced its acquisition of Agro Merchants Group, Once the deal closes, Americold will gain over 2,900 customers, 229 facilities, and roughly 1.35 billion cubic feet of refrigerated space across four continents: North and South America, Australia, and Europe.

Key Market Trends

The booming pharmaceutical market is driving cold chain logistics

There is a rising demand for all kinds of drugs that help combat an increasing number of chronic and lifestyle-related diseases in the region. The pharmaceutical industry is rising to the challenge by providing an ever-wider array of pharmaceuticals. Additionally, many of them require temperature-controlled transportation under proper cold chain management.

Mexico has the potential for becoming one of the largest exporters of pharmaceuticals while having an attractive home market for pharmaceutical sales as well. As reported in October 2020, Indian pharmaceutical companies and six generic drug makers have signed a deal to set up a large pharmaceutical cluster for production and logistics in the Mexican state of Hidalgo.

The increased demand for medicines and PPE due to COVID-19 and the requirement of mega logistics drive for the distribution of the COVID vaccine, at temperatures ranging up to -70℃, is driving cold chain players in the region to compete and expand.

Moreover, packaging and logistics are increasing for liquids (spirits, elixirs, and tinctures), ointments (creams, pastes, and jellies), and solids (pills, tablets, lozenges, and suppositories).

Colombia is the fastest growing market

In Colombia, the production of vegetables has been mainly concentrated and technologically developed in areas of temperate and cold thermal floors in the departments of Antioquia, Cundinamarca, Boyacá and Nariño; and in horticultural crops such as lettuce, tomatoes, peas, beans, onions, peppers, and cabbage, among others.

Colombia's exotic fruit exports, which are made up of a dozen varieties, including pomegranate, soursop, gulupa, passion fruit, pitahaya, tree tomato, and cape gooseberry, amounted to 74.3 million dollars and increased by 6% between January and November 2019, when compared to the same period of 2018.

The country estimates that sales of the processed food industry will increase significantly by 2022, generating a great development opportunity for companies in the cold chain logistics and warehousing market.

Continuous improvements in terms of refrigerated systems technology are expected to bolster the growth of the market over the next few years. Additionally, certain benefit, including transport of fresh products, protection from spoilage, and weather conditions, are further driving the market growth through 2025.

Competitive Landscape

The market is fragmented with the presence of both domestic and international companies. Brazil is one of the largest markets in this region followed by Mexico, Argentina, and Columbia.

Mergers and consolidation continue to play an important role in the growth of the biggest players in the cold storage industry in the LATAM region. Many companies continue to expand and acquire other companies in developed markets.

Cold chain companies in the region are adopting better and modern cold chain technologies, such as Radio Frequency Identification in warehouses, Cloud Storage and Internet of Things for real-time inventory management, and Electronic Data Interchange, to facilitate the smooth exchange of information with clients during transportation and more.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Market Overview (Current Scenario of the Cold Chain Logistics Market)
4.2 Impact of COVID-19 on the Cold Chain Logistics Market
4.3 Government Regulations (related to Cold Storage and Transport)
4.4 Insights on Refrigerants and Packaging Materials
4.5 Market Dynamics
4.5.1 Drivers
4.5.2 Restraints
4.5.3 Opportunities
4.6 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.6.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.6.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
4.6.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.6.4 Threat of Substitutes
4.6.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
5.1 By Service
5.1.1 Cold Storage/Refrigerated Warehousing
5.1.2 Refrigerated Transportation
5.1.3 Value-added Services (Order Management, Blast Freezing, Labeling, Inventory Management, etc.)
5.2 By Temperature Type
5.2.1 Chilled
5.2.2 Frozen
5.3 By End User
5.3.1 Fruits and Vegetables
5.3.2 Dairy Products (Milk, Butter, Cheese, Ice Cream, etc.)
5.3.3 Fish, Meat, and Seafood
5.3.4 Processed Food
5.3.5 Pharmaceutical (Includes Biopharma)
5.3.6 Bakery and Confectionery
5.3.7 Other Applications
5.4 By Country
5.4.1 Mexico
5.4.2 Brazil
5.4.3 Chile
5.4.4 Colombia
5.4.5 Panama
5.4.6 Rest of Latin America
6.1 Overview
6.2 Company Profiles
6.2.1 Frialsa Frigorificos SA
6.2.2 Comfrio Solucoes Logisticas
6.2.3 Friozem Armazens Frigorificos Ltda
6.2.4 Superfrio Armazens Gerais Ltda
6.2.5 Americold Logistics
6.2.6 Brasfrigo
6.2.7 Arfrio Armazens Gerais Frigorificos
6.2.8 Ransa Comercial SA
6.2.9 Localfrio
6.2.10 Qualianz*
6.3 Other Companies (Key Information/Overview)
6.4 Key Vendors and Suppliers (Cold Storage Equipment Manufacturers, Carrier Manufacturers, Technology Providers for the Cold Chain Industry)
8.1 Detailed Imports and Exports Statistics of Frozen Food Products

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Frialsa Frigorificos SA
  • Comfrio Solucoes Logisticas
  • Friozem Armazens Frigorificos Ltda
  • Superfrio Armazens Gerais Ltda
  • Americold Logistics
  • Brasfrigo
  • Arfrio Armazens Gerais Frigorificos
  • Ransa Comercial SA
  • Localfrio
  • Qualianz