Cool Chain Association

The CCA is a non-profit organisation with the aim to reduce wastage and improve the quality, efficiency and value of the temperature sensitive supply chain by facilitating and enabling vertical & horizontal collaboration, education and innovation amongst our members and stakeholders.

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Pharma handling expert Nicola Caristo new Cool Chain Association Secretary General


Caristo takes the helm as two new cool chain members also join the association

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Monday 3rd June 2019 – Nicola Caristo, Pharma & Business Development Manager – Auditing & Certification Manager for Alha Group, has been announced as the new Secretary General for the Cool Chain Association (CCA).

Caristo has worked in a variety of roles during a 22-year career for the Alha Group, one of Italy’s leading air cargo logistics providers.

He is also one of the 25 members of the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA’s) Time and Temperature Working Group, which develops and maintains standards for the transportation of healthcare goods.

“It is an honour to be appointed Secretary General of the Cool Chain Association,” said Caristo.

“I was keen to be involved as the Cool Chain Association already benefits from high visibility within the cargo industry.

“This means we can be influential when trying to reach the goal of establishing best practice in the transportation of pharma and perishables.”

Based at Milan Malpensa Airport, Italy, Caristo has previously focused on auditing roles that have ensured compliance with safety standards and environmental management.

More recently he has ensured that Alha’s services comply with IATA’s CEIV Pharma certification, which sets an industry standard for safe and secure handling of pharmaceutical products.

Caristo takes over from Edwin Kalischnig, who has served as Secretary General of the CCA for the last seven years.

Kalischnig is CEO of Xtreme Technologies, which provided the NFC loggers used in the recent CCA data sharing pilot, aimed at improving the supply chain and tackling food loss.

“We would like to thank Edwin for his tireless service and his energy and enthusiasm in helping us support our members,” said Stavros Evangelakakis, Chairman of the Cool Chain Association and Global Product Manager Healthcare and Perishables, Cargolux.

“It is also exciting for us to welcome Nicola, who is widely respected within the cargo industry and is arriving with a wealth of experience.”

Two new members, fruit and vegetable importers Fresh Partners BV, and manufacturers of thermo blankets Trip & Co have joined the CCA.

Elianne Kok, Account Manager, Trip & Co, and Puck and Fons Arents of Fresh Partners BV, attended the CCA’s Perishables Conference at Fresh Park Venlo, the Netherlands, last month.

CCA’s next event will be the Pharma and Biosciences Conference, taking place in Paris, 23rd-24th September 2019. For further details click here.

Nicola Caristo and members of the CCA Board will be available to speak to journalists at Air Cargo Europe in Messe München this week. To book an appointment please contact Emma Murray emma@meantime.global

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Monday 3rd June 2019 – Nicola Caristo, Pharma & Business Development Manager – Auditing & Certification Manager for Alha Group, has been announced as the new Secretary General for the Cool Chain Association (CCA).

Caristo has worked in a variety of roles during a 22-year career for the Alha Group, one of Italy’s leading air cargo logistics providers.

He is also one of the 25 members of the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA’s) Time and Temperature Working Group, which develops and maintains standards for the transportation of healthcare goods.

“It is an honour to be appointed Secretary General of the Cool Chain Association,” said Caristo.

“I was keen to be involved as the Cool Chain Association already benefits from high visibility within the cargo industry.

“This means we can be influential when trying to reach the goal of establishing best practice in the transportation of pharma and perishables.”

Based at Milan Malpensa Airport, Italy, Caristo has previously focused on auditing roles that have ensured compliance with safety standards and environmental management.

More recently he has ensured that Alha’s services comply with IATA’s CEIV Pharma certification, which sets an industry standard for safe and secure handling of pharmaceutical products.

Caristo takes over from Edwin Kalischnig, who has served as Secretary General of the CCA for the last seven years.

Kalischnig is CEO of Xtreme Technologies, which provided the NFC loggers used in the recent CCA data sharing pilot, aimed at improving the supply chain and tackling food loss.

“We would like to thank Edwin for his tireless service and his energy and enthusiasm in helping us support our members,” said Stavros Evangelakakis, Chairman of the Cool Chain Association and Global Product Manager Healthcare and Perishables, Cargolux.

“It is also exciting for us to welcome Nicola, who is widely respected within the cargo industry and is arriving with a wealth of experience.”

Two new members, fruit and vegetable importers Fresh Partners BV, and manufacturers of thermo blankets Trip & Co have joined the CCA.

Elianne Kok, Account Manager, Trip & Co, and Puck and Fons Arents of Fresh Partners BV, attended the CCA’s Perishables Conference at Fresh Park Venlo, the Netherlands, last month.

CCA’s next event will be the Pharma and Biosciences Conference, taking place in Paris, 23rd-24th September 2019. For further details click here.

Nicola Caristo and members of the CCA Board will be available to speak to journalists at Air Cargo Europe in Messe München this week. To book an appointment please contact Emma Murray emma@meantime.global

About Cool Chain Association

The Cool Chain Association (CCA) is a non-profit organization bringing together all parts of the temperature-sensitive supply chain to create an impact with visible and measurable results for both companies and for society.

Its aim is to reduce wastage and improve the quality, efficiency, and value of the temperature-sensitive supply chain by facilitating and enabling vertical and horizontal collaboration, education, and innovation amongst members and stakeholders.

To find out about attending the events or joining the Cool Chain Association, visit coolchain.org