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IARW Members Operate 178 Million Cubic Meters of Space, with Lineage and Americold in Forefront

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The International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW), a core partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), has released the annual Global Top 25 List of its largest temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics members. Accompanying the IARW Global Top 25 is the North American Top 25 and a list of the largest operators in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as Europe. The lists are determined by total capacity of temperature-controlled space operated by IARW members.

The Arlington, Virginia, USA-headquartered IARW’s collective membership currently own or operates 6.3 billion cubic feet (178.4 million cubic meters) of space. A total capacity of 884 million cubic feet has been added to the Global Top 25 since the publication of the 2019 lists, due in most part to frequent mergers and acquisitions activity. This does not suggest the general industry grew at this pace.

“Consolidation continues to play a major role in the growth of the largest players in the cold storage industry,” said IARW President & CEO Matthew Ott. “Members are continuing to expand and acquire other companies in developed markets, but we have also seen growth in emerging and developing markets where cold chain services are most needed.”

Headed by Lineage Logistics, Global Top 25 currently operates 5.13 billion cubic feet (145 million cubic meters) of space. The North American Top 25 boasts 3.86 billion cubic feet (109 million cubic meters), while the European Top 10 operates 807.9 million cubic feet (22.9 million cubic meters) and the Latin American Top 10 operates 339 million cubic feet (9.5 million cubic meters).

Regions worldwide reported increased capacity and several new companies joined the IARW in the past year. Since 2019’s lists were published, the following changes occurred:

  • Global Top 25 capacity increased by 884 million cubic feet
  • North America Top 25 capacity rose by 686 million cubic feet
  • Latin American and Caribbean Top 10 capacity increased by 97 million cubic feet
  • European Top 10 capacity rose by 16.6 million cubic feet

Definition of Capacity/Gross Refrigerated Space

Gross refrigerated space represents the total cubic refrigerated space, including freezers, coolers, and docks, from wall to wall, ceiling to floor, with no deduction for aisles, columns, coils, etc. This includes all space owned or operated by a member or an affiliate of a member. Not included is space used for storage of product owned by the member or buildings leased in their entirety with no operating personnel supplied by the member company.

Global Cold Chain Alliance membership includes ­­­more than 1,300 temperature-controlled facilities and members in over 80 countries. Warehouse members offer a range of logistics solutions, including storage, transportation, processing, blast freezing and export services. A complete listing of all warehouse members can be found in the Global Cold Chain Directory, which is available for free online. For more information, visit: https://www.gcca.org/directory/all.

Comprised of its Core Partners, including the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW), the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), the International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA), and the Controlled Environment Building Association (CEBA), the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) represents all major industries engaged in temperature-controlled logistics. GCCA unites all partners to be innovative leaders in the temperature-controlled products industry.

2020 IARW Global Top 25

Refrigerated Warehousing and Logistics Providers

 CompanyLocation Capacity (ft3)Capacity (m3)
1.Lineage Logistics i.Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam1,789,098,098


2.Americold LogisticsArgentina, Australia, Canada, China, New Zealand, United States1,109,823,02531,426,688
3.United States Cold Storage (USCS)United States373,987,95010,590,159
4. AGRO Merchants Group, LLC iiAustralia, Austria, Chile, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, United States242,440,9416,865,163
5.NewCold Advanced Cold LogisticsAustralia, France, Germany, Poland, United Kingdom, United States194,605,7555,510,621
6.Nichirei Logistics GroupiiFrance, Japan, Netherlands, Poland183,141,8625,186,000
7.KloosterboerCanada, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, United States171,182,6864,847,354
8.VersaCold Logistics ServicesCanada123,008,8913,483,224
9.Interstate Warehousing, Inc.United States115,735,3713,277,261
10.Frialsa FrigorificosMexico105,790,8212,894,758
11.VX Cold Chain LogisticsChina96,995,6172,746,610
12.Burris LogisticsUnited States74,901,9662,120,987
13.Congebec Logistics, Inc.Canada57,741,8801,635,068
14.Conestoga Cold StorageCanada56,621,6061,603,345
15.Superfrio Armazéns GeraisBrazil52,129,5331,476,144
16.Comfrio Soluções LogísticasBrazil48,677,7361,378,400
17.Constellation Cold Logistics ivBelgium, Netherlands, Norway44,690,7511,265,501
18.Hanson LogisticsUnited States43,818,5401,240,803
19.Magnavale Ltd.United Kingdom40,947,7091,159,510
20.Holt Logistics Corp.United States35,000,000991,090
21.Confederation FreezersCanada34,580,000979,197
22.Friozem Armazéns FrigoríficosBrazil34,820,282979,001
23.Agri-Norcold A/SDenmark34,564,263978,751
24.Trenton Cold StorageCanada34,277,373970,627
25.Bring FrigoNorway, Sweden28,874,100817,628
  1. Lineage Logistics includes recent acquisition of Henningsen Cold Storage
  2. AGRO Merchants Group’s global space does not include Comfrio Soluções Logística (Brazil) which is shown separately. AGRO Merchants Group has a 22% participation in Comfrio Soluções Logística

iii. Nichirei Logistics Group, Inc.’s global space includes Eurofrigo, Frigo Logistics, Godfroy Transport & Entrepôts S.A., HIWA Rotterdam Port Cold Stores

  1. Constellation Cold Logistics includes Glacio Cold Chain Logistics Partners AS, Koel- en Vrieshuis Lintelo BV, and Stockhabo

(Last updated June 2020)


2020 IARW North American Top 25 Rankings

 CompanyLocation Capacity (feet3)Capacity (meters3)
1.Lineage Logistics 1.United States1,391,971,10039,416,232
2.Americold LogisticsUnited States, Canada1,032,116,99029,226,298
3.United States Cold Storage (USCS)United States373,987,95010,590,159
4.VersaCold Logistics ServicesCanada123,008,8913,483,223
5.Agro Merchants GroupUnited States118,671,5993,360,405
6.Interstate WarehousingUnited States115,735,3713,277,260
7.Frialsa FrigorificosMexico102,227,4302,894,758
8.Burris LogisticsUnited States74,901,9662,120,987
9.Congebec LogisticsCanada57,741,8801,635,068
10.Conestoga Cold StorageCanada56,621,6061,603,345
11.NewCold Advanced Cold LogisticsUnited States47,972,1501,358,420
12.Hanson LogisticsUnited States43,818,5401,240,803
13.Holt Logistics Corp.United States35,000,000991,090
14.Confederation FreezersCanada34,580,000979,197
15.Trenton Cold StorageCanada34,277,373970,627
17.MTC LogisticsUnited States25,206,254713,761
18.Midwest Refrigerated Services Inc.United States23,433,765663,570
19.WOW LogisticsUnited States23,406,700662,804
20.Nor-Am Cold StorageUnited States22,221,792629,251
21.Interstate Cold StorageUnited States21,403,000606,065
22.Hall’s Warehouse Corp.United States20,625,304584,043
23.SnoTemp Cold StorageUnited States19,067,775539,939
24.Valley Cold Storage & TransportationUnited States18,002,030509,760
25.CWI LogisticsUnited States17,280,000489,315

1. Lineage Logistics includes recent acquisition of Henningsen Cold Storage.

(Last updated  June 2020)

2020 IARW European Top 10

Refrigerated Warehousing & Logistics Provider Rankings

 Company NameLocationsCubic FeetCubic Meters
1.Lineage LogisticsBelgium, Denmark, Netherlands, United Kingdom200,238,2885,670,117
2.KloosterboerFrance, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden164,543,5244,659,353
3.AGRO Merchants GroupAustria, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom114,183,6263,233,320
4.NewCold Advanced Cold LogisticsFrance, Germany, Poland, United Kingdom102,241,1482,895,146
5.Nichirei Logistics Group1.France, Netherlands, and Poland49,122,7021,391,000
6.Constellation Cold Logistics 2.Belgium, Netherlands, Norway44,690,7511,265,501
7.Magnavale LtdUnited Kingdom40,947,7091,159,509
9.Bring FrigoNorway, Sweden28,874,100817,623
10.Claus SørensenDenmark28,499,055807,003
  1. Nichirei Logistics Group’s space includes Eurofrigo, Frigo Logistics, Godfroy Transport & Entrepôts S.A., HIWA Rotterdam Port Cold Stores.
  2. Constellation Cold Logistics includes Glacio Cold Chain Logistics Partners AS, Koel- en Vrieshuis Lintelo BV, and Stockhabo.

(Last updated June 2020)

2020 IARW Latin American and Caribbean Top 10 Rankings

 Company NameLocationCubic FeetCubic Meters
1.Frialsa Frigorificos S.A. De C.V.Mexico105,790,8212,995,662
2.Superfrio Armazéns GeraisBrazil52,129,5331,476,144
3.Comfrio Soluções LogísticasBrazil48,677,7361,378,400
4.Friozem Armazéns FrigorificosBrazil34,820,282979,001
6.Martini Meat Armazens GeraisBrazil17,652,416499,861
7.Arfrio Armazéns Gerais FrigorificosBrazil17,219,749487,609
8.AP LogisticaBrazil14,154,132400,800
10.Almacenes Refrigerados Consolidados SA de CV ARCOSAMexico10,773,294305,065

(Last updated June 2020)