Following its acquisitions in cargo monitoring and building on its years of experience in food retail and foodservice, Emerson on Monday announced a new cold chain organization focused on supporting all types of temperature-sensitive and asset optimization solutions wherever goods are moved, stored or sold.

The company says the cold chain organization will offer customers a total-channel approach to protect foods and other critical cargo every step along the cold chain, from grower and processor, to distributor and retailer.

“There are big challenges to solve with the amount of food wasted, revenues lost and energy consumed globally, and this is why we are expanding our role in safeguarding the cold chain,” says John Rhodes, newly named group president of cold chain for Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions. “Organizing our expertise and resources to focus on the cold chain and deliver unique solutions that help improve food quality, reduce energy use and optimize business effectiveness, will allow us to bring more value to our customers while making a positive impact on the environment.” 

The new cold chain organization is led by a team of long-time Emerson executives, including Rhodes who previously managed Emerson’s refrigeration business. Within the cold chain organization, there are now four market-focused teams to solve challenges and develop industry-specific offerings for food retail, foodservice, transportation and aftermarket distribution customers. These teams are led by Ed McKiernan in his new position of president of the cold chain business.