Cold Chain Management & Logistics Courses

SCL Cold Chain Management Training

Please note that we are no longer offering the Cold Chain Management Series as an on-campus program and are evaluating the possibility of offering it online. If you are interested in taking cold chain related courses online and would like to be notified about future developments, please click here to be added to our Cold Chain mailing list.

Cold Chain Management

There is a critical common need for both domestic and international food chains to embody engineering systems that integrate the flow of food through the diverse components of the chains. In this course, students will focus on the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control process. Upon course completion, students will have a better understanding of cold chain management and methods to put it into practice effectively. We strongly recommend that the Cold Chain Management course is taken prior to the Cold Chain Assessment and Audit or Cold Chain Integration courses.

A Preview of Course Topics

  • The Cold Chain Defined
  • Policies, Processes and Practices
  • Controls and Enabling Technology Training
  • How to implement a Cold Chain Management Strategy

Cold Chain Assessment and Audit

Guiding a company through the development of standards and the design of an audit is critical to the success of your cold chain. Assuring optimal quality and minimal waste is more environmentally friendly and economical than increasing production to compensate for losses. This course is relevant to companies of all sizes as cold chain standards are evolving into a regulatory tool and a supplier and retailer specific requirement. We strongly recommend that the Cold Chain Management course is taken prior to the Cold Chain Assessment and Audit or Cold Chain Integration courses.

A Preview of Course Topics

  • Components of an Audit
  • Converting the Cold Chain Process into an Audit
  • Monitoring, Verifying, and Designing Audits
  • Applying and Leveraging the Value of the Audit against GFSI Certification
  • Using an Audit as a Management Tool

Strategies for Successful Postharvest Handling of Fresh Produce

This course covers the fundamentals of fruit and vegetable biology after harvest, and the essential technologies to maintain product quality after harvest. Topics include quality and maturity, food safety, postharvest pathology, temperature and humidity measurement and management, ethylene effects, modified and controlled atmospheres, and measurement of product quality. Detailed descriptions of the harvesting and postharvest handling technologies commonly used for specific crop groups are also included.

A Preview of Course Topics

  • Postharvest Biology
  • Quality Factors for Horticultural Crops
  • General Practices of Food Safety
  • Postharvest Pathology and Strategies for Disease Control
  • Ethylene in Postharvest Technology
  • Maintaining the Cold Chain Storage Systems

Cold Chain Integration

Increasing government regulation and the demand from customers for continuously available high-quality food products are the primary drivers of cold chain integration. The complexity of food chains is created by international sourcing and increasing diversity of products with different requirements for temperature and handling. This dramatically increases the challenges of maintaining high-performance cold chains. This course develops principles, practices, and tools required to assess and continuously improve cold chains and assure that government regulations and customer expectations are met. We strongly recommend that the Cold Chain Management course is taken prior to the Cold Chain Assessment and Audit or Cold Chain Integration courses.

A Preview of Course Topics

  • Economic Value of Cold Chain Integration
  • Strategy and Value for Process Modeling
  • Cold Chain Network Design
  • Role of Technology in Cold Chain Integration
  • Cold Chain Integration Trends and Innovation
  • Information Requirements for Integration and Tracing