The Cold Chain Project began in 2009 as a government initiative to improve the conditions of agricultural products from local production. The total investment was around USD287.5 millions and the system is one of the first state-owned projects of this type in the world. The Cold Chain provides a logistics platform to commercialize products with high quality standards.
The main objective of the system is to allow the proper handling of produce from origin to distribution and consumption points, in order to reduce the costs related to waste, while offering at the same time products of better quality to consumers.
After a study performed by the Cold Chain Secretariat, 24 vegetables were selected as the most temperature and humidity sensitive. These products are: bell pepper, chayote, short bean, long bean, pepper, celery, cilantro, culantro, lettuce, beet, watercress, cauliflower, mustard green, cabbage, broccoli, potato, industrial tomato, table tomato, onion, spinach, carrot, cucumber, chives and parsley.
The flow of products includes four stages along the supply chain: Field – Post Harvest Center – Market – Final consumer, and the cold chain system is essential to extend product´s shelf life from production to consumption.