How refrigerated trucks and mobile cold rooms sustain the Olympics


In previous blogs, we’ve expressed how much refrigeration has truly changed the world and the way we look at foods. Now take that a notch up, and think of what big events like the Olympics would be like without refrigeration. A complete mess, we’re sure! With the 2016 Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro already starting next week (August 5-21) we wanted to talk a little about how refrigerated trucks and mobile cold rooms help to sustain the Olympics and other major events just like this.

Welcome to the Games

What if you were in charge of food service at the Olympics? Look at previous experience in the 2012 London Olympics which saw as many as approx. 5 million spectators at different venues and a further 100,000+ athletes, officials, media and workforce in attendance, not to mention the 500,000 out-of-towners who stayed in london for the event over three-months.

It is expected that 60,000 meals a day will need to be prepared during the 2016 Rio Games. These meals will be produced from daily shipments of 210,000 kilograms of raw ingredients! That’s a lot of mouths to feed, not to mention a high volume of temperature-sensitive goods needing to be delivered.

The need for refrigerated trucks and mobile cold rooms

Cold chain management is critical to today’s food supply chain, which is increasingly made up of fresh and frozen products carried further distances. With such grand scale of an event, refrigeration needs to be met, but also of a temporary nature just like the event. While there will certainly be new infrastructure to remain after the games, most venues will no longer exist – such as pop up restaurants, food & beverage concession stands etc.

As the biggest sporting event in the world, caterers are going to certainly need refrigeration to help sustain the event. While short, everyone will be at their full capacity, and so it will be important to have reliable refrigeration throughout the events.