Cold Chain Market

Top Companies in Cold Chain Industry - Americold Logistics, Inc. (US), Lineage, Inc. (US) and NICHIREI CORPORATION (Japan)

The cold chain market, currently valued at USD 228.3 billion in 2024 and poised to achieve a 10.3% CAGR, reaching USD 372.0 billion by 2029, is experiencing transformative shifts and innovations.  The cold chain involves the storage, transportation, and distribution of perishable products within a specific temperature range to prevent spoilage, contamination, or degradation. The market for cold chain solutions is being significantly driven by evolving consumer preferences, particularly a shift towards convenience and ready-to-cook foods. As urbanization and hectic lifestyles become more prevalent, consumers are increasingly seeking out convenient meal solutions that require minimal preparation time without compromising on quality. This shift in demand is propelling the growth of the cold chain market as manufacturers and retailers strive to meet the needs of this segment by offering a wide range of perishable products that are pre-packaged, pre-cooked, or ready-to-eat.

Moreover, the rise of eCommerce and online grocery shopping further amplifies the importance of cold chain logistics, as consumers expect fresh and perishable products to be delivered to their doorsteps in pristine condition. This has led to increased investment in cold storage facilities, refrigerated transportation, and advanced temperature monitoring technologies to ensure the integrity of products throughout the supply chain.

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Americold Logistics, Inc. (US)

Founded in 1903, Americold Logistics, Inc., specializes in providing fully integrated temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics solutions tailored specifically for the food industry. With a focus on comprehensive services, Americold Logistics, Inc. offers a range of options including warehousing, transportation, and logistics services that are unmatched in the market. The company's warehouses play a vital role in the food supply chain, serving as crucial links that connect food producers, processors, distributors, and retailers to end consumers. In addition to its core offerings, Americold Logistics, Inc. also provides a variety of supplementary services such as blast freezing, port facilities, and rail-connected facilities, further enhancing its value proposition.

Renowned for its world-class services, facilities, and technological innovations, Americold Logistics, Inc. operates a vast network comprising more than 250 temperature-controlled warehouses. With a collective storage capacity of approximately 1.5 billion cubic feet, these facilities are strategically located across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and South America, ensuring widespread coverage and accessibility for its diverse client base.

The company has been strategically focusing on expansion initiatives to further bolster its market presence and meet the growing demands of its customers. In March 2023, the company executed a significant expansion effort at its facility located in Barcelona, Spain. This expansion involved the addition of 11 loading bays, effectively increasing the facility's capacity to accommodate temperature-controlled products and services. With the incorporation of these enhancements, the Barcelona facility now boasts an impressive 12,000 pallet positions, allowing Americold Logistics, Inc. to better serve its customers in the region.

Lineage, Inc. (US)

Lineage, Inc. has been a key player in the temperature-controlled supply chain and logistics industry since its establishment in 2012. Specializing in providing comprehensive supply chain solutions and logistics services, Lineage, Inc. caters to a diverse client base comprising leading food, retail, agriculture, and distribution companies. With a primary focus on cold chain solutions, Lineage, Inc. offers an array of services including cold storage warehousing, cargo handling, third-party facility management, on-site food processing, temperature-controlled logistics, transportation, and logistics consulting.

Operating primarily in North America, Lineage, Inc. extends its reach globally through subsidiary operations. The company boasts an extensive network of facilities strategically located across key regions such as the US, Belgium, China, the Netherlands, the UK, and Vietnam. With billions of cubic feet in capacity and hundreds of strategically positioned facilities, Lineage, Inc. provides its customers with unparalleled access to a global network.

Since its inception, Lineage, Inc. has placed a significant emphasis on acquisition and expansion as primary strategies for rapid growth within the cold chain market. With a clear vision to expand its footprint across key regions, the company has executed numerous strategic acquisitions, particularly in North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific. By acquiring established cold chain companies, Lineage, Inc. has been able to leverage their existing infrastructure, expertise, and market share to accelerate its growth trajectory. For instance, in August 2022, Lineage, Inc. completed the acquisition of VersaCold Logistics Services, a prominent player in the Canadian cold chain industry. VersaCold Logistics Services boasts a robust network of 24 temperature-controlled facilities, encompassing a total capacity of 114 million cubic feet spread across nine provinces. This strategic acquisition not only bolstered Lineage, Inc.'s presence in Canada but also added substantial capacity and capabilities to its portfolio of services.


Established in 1945, NICHIREI CORPORATION has long been a prominent player in the food industry landscape. Evolving from its origins as a food producer, the company has diversified its portfolio to encompass a spectrum of businesses, transforming into a multifaceted entity. Nichirei Corporation's subsidiaries include Nichirei Foods Inc., Nichirei Fresh Inc., Nichirei Biosciences Inc., and Nichirei Logistics Group Inc., each contributing to its comprehensive offerings.

The company offers cold chain services through its subsidiary Nichirei Logistics Group Inc., which specializes in storage and transportation services. With refrigerated warehouses and logistics centers strategically positioned in key regions like Europe, Japan, and China, the company boasts a considerable refrigerated storage capacity exceeding 2 million tons. NICHIREI CORPORATION’s network of domestic and worldwide affiliates is located across 120 sites.

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