IARW - Vision, Mission, History


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IARW is the third-party temperature-controlled warehousing industry’s association.



The International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) will build, strengthen and represent the global temperature-controlled third party warehousing and logistics industry.



IARW promotes excellence in the global temperature-controlled warehouse and logistics industry.


Strategic Plan

The IARW-WFLO (World Food Logistics Organization) Strategic Plan is focused on member outcomes. It outlines how IARW and WFLO plan to grow and strengthen the 3PL temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics industry while helping members grow their business. Learn more



IARW was founded in 1891 when a number of conventional warehousemen took on the demands of storing perishable food and soon realized the increased challenge and complexity of operating temperature controlled storage facilities.

Today, IARW promotes best practices in temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics industry through research, industry benchmarking, networking, and education. IARW also advocates for members in legislative and regulatory arenas. All active members of IARW are also members and beneficiaries of the work of the World Food Logistics Organization.

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