The fourth annual WFLO Institute Latin America concluded in Mexico City recently with a graduation ceremony for five students who completed this three-year training program for temperature-controlled warehouse operators.

More than 48 students took part in this year’s program, which is hosted annually by the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), a core partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA).

“The substantial growth of attendees at the WFLO Institute this year has been a success in Mexico City,” said Debbie Corado, director, GCCA Latin America. “Cold chain education is fundamental for the growth of our industry, so I am very pleased to recognize the second round of students graduating from this three-year program and encouraged to continue with the program in Mexico for the next few years.”

The only training specifically designed for the temperature-controlled industry in Latin America, the WFLO Institute Latin America curriculum takes students through the food industry, supply chain, and fields of logistics and cold storage. More than 30 classes taught by industry experts provide students with a comprehensive educational experience through six modules: food security, warehouse operations, employee safety, cold chain management, customer relationships, and professional/personal development.

Students also have the opportunity to tour a logistics facility. This year students were able to visit IARW member Arcosa, a-state-of-the-art warehouse and food processing facility in Tepotzotlán, Mexico.

“For me it has really been an enriching experience to have an exchange of knowledge from the different professionals we have here,” said recent graduate Jean Bel de Baena, warehouse national manager of Dicarina Panama. “Having an exchange of experiences, because there have been all kinds of cases that we have seen, makes us cover many of the expectations and questions. I greatly appreciate the knowledge of the instructors.”

WFLO Institute Latin America dates for 2018 will be announced in the coming months.

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