Who’s who in temperature-controlled logistics

Cold Chain News has published a comprehensive guide to the UK temperature-controlled logistics industry.

The guide, available from Cold Chain News priced £150, brings together a raft of research carried out by the magaine and includes tables that list the major players in the industry, including own account operators, logistics providers, body and trailer builders, van converters and truck refrigeration equipment suppliers.

The report sets out the size and scale of the British temperature-controlled transport, logistics and storage market. The report draws on extensive research carried out by the magazine, with contributions from companies in the sector, as well as other published sources of information, including government sources such as the DVLA, Department for Transport, Companies House, and VOSA.

The UK is one of the top markets for Europe’s cold chain industry in terms of storage space, which was 24 million cubic meters in 2018. The top five logistics providers in the UK alone operate over half a million square metres of cold storage. The massive food and drinks sector continues to dominate the cold chain industry, but in recent times there has been an exponential growth in the pharmaceutical sector, with the emergence of significantly sized refrigerated pharmaceutical transport logistics companies.

Cold Chain News joint editor Dean Stiles says: “With so little reliable data available about this important sector, this guide helps fill an information vacuum. We look forward to updating it in the future.”

The report examines the trends, challenges, opportunities and threats facing the temperature-controlled logistics sector. These include the ramifications of a no-deal Brexit, the green movement (including the pressure to reduce carbon), along with the trend for consolidation in the industry.

Chapters include:

Size and shape of industry
Logistics providers
Top 25 logistics providers
Own account operators
Coldstore operators
Courier services
Van converters
Trailer and bodybuilders
Refrigerated manufacturers
Investment and consolidation

Top 25 UK and Irish Temperature-Controlled Logistics Providers 2018

• Company ranking and market trends
• Produced by Global Cold Chain News in association with Thermo King

Global Cold Chain News has published, in association with Thermo King, a listing of the UK’s Top 25 temperature-controlled logistics providers in 2018.

Global Cold Chain News editor Dean Stiles said: “With so little data available on the UK temperature-controlled sector this new report will help plug the gap. For anyone interested in an overview of the market in 2018, with a full listing of all the major players, this report will prove invaluable.”

The full report, Top 25 UK Temperature-Controlled Logistics Providers 2018 – Company ranking and market trends with data from five three years plus analysis and commentary from all the leading players is available on Amazon UK priced £80 ($105 on

The report ranks the top 25 logistics providers and also includes assessments by the chief executives of the major players of the challenges they expect the industry to face in 2018. The tables show financial performance by turnover for the past five years, the fleet size by vehicle number and type, as well as the storage capacity of each company.

The report is prepared by Global Cold Chain News website and its print edition, Cold Chain News, the UK’s leading business-to-business magazine read by owners, directors and senior managers working for companies operating commercial vehicle fleets used for temperature-controlled transport.

The report is available now from or

Special Reports

Click on the links below to download these Special Report free of charge

Cryogenics in Europe
Special Report: There is a global resurgence of interest in cryogenic refrigeration using liquid nitrogen as operators look for viable alternatives to diesel powered truck refrigeration systems. We report on the latest trials of prototype systems (February 2011)

UK temperature-controlled distribution
Special Report: Britain is a world leader in logistics and distribution with its retailers operating some of the most sophisticated centralised distribution systems in the world. We examine the developments in UK temperature contolled transport (April 2011)

Research Downloads

Click on the links below to download any of these research reports free of charge

Special Report State of UK market 2014:  UK temperature-controlled operators express mixed views on growth potential in the sector during 2014.

Top 25 Logistics Providers May 2013:  Britain’s top five temperature-controlled transport, distribution, and logistics providers report increased turnover in what has unanimously been agreed an incredibly tough trading environment for all sectors of the transport industry.

Special Report State of the UK market 2013: Most of the major players in the chilled distribution market are confident about their own growth in 2013, while acknowledging the challenging economic climate and resultant volatility and pressure on margins.

Special Report UK Distribution 2011:  Britain is a world leader in logistics and distribution with its retailers operating some of the most sophisticated centralised distribution systems in the world. We examine the developments in UK temperature contolled transport (April 2011)


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