Defra Minister Victoria Prentis

More than 90 cold chain industry leaders joined government ministers, MPs and Peers at the House of Commons to celebrate the sector’s achievements during the pandemic.

The reception, hosted by MP Andrew Jones on behalf of the Cold Chain Federation, recognised the successes of the cold chain in keeping the nation fed and delivering vaccines and allowed industry leaders to network with politicians.

Speaking at the reception Victoria Prentis MP (pictured) and DEFRA minister said: “Your industry is critically important to absolutely everyone, and that’s become all the more important throughout the pandemic.

“The cold chain has shown extraordinary flexibility and dedication. The industry dealt with every challenge that it faced and we look forward to continuing to work alongside you.”

Andrew Jones MP added: “I am delighted to host this celebration of the cold chain industry, its people and organisations, and all that it has achieved during the pandemic.

“If this industry did not function in an efficient, high quality way our nation would grind to a halt. It also has a huge role in the challenges facing us, particularly food waste and carbon reduction.”

Tim Moran, Cold Chain Federation president and Lineage Logistics senior vice president of European operations, said: “Our industry has achieved so much together in the past three years, this was a great way to come together to celebrate our hardworking people, resilient businesses and ability to innovate under pressure.

“It was also an important opportunity to reinforce to politicians the cold chain’s importance in the UK’s future, at a time that is full of change for the nation, for the economy and for our industry.

“I would like to thank the Minister along with all the MPs and Peers who joined us for their appreciation for the UK’s cold chain.”

Along with DEFRA minister Victoria Prentis and host Andrew Jones MP, politicians in attendance included SNP spokesperson for environment, food and rural affairs Deidre Brock MP; Sir Robert Goodwill MP; Andrew Bridgen MP; Clive Betts MP; Mark Fletcher MP; Dr Kieran Mullan MP; Sir Mike Penning MP; Chris Clarkson MP; Laurence Robertson MP; Alicia Kearns MP; and Baroness McIntosh.