Safety and Quality – the Hallmarks of Frozen Food Logistics
Frozen foods are essential for food markets and restaurants that want to offer items not commonly found in the immediate area. Cold food products are great ways to diversify menus, but safe and timely temperature-controlled transportation is critical. Temperature fluctuations of just a few degrees can significantly impact frozen foods’ flavor and quality. Food processors and distributors have to manage their products’ temperature all along the supply chain from production to table to ensure they are safe and maintain high quality. Frozen food logistics is a science, and FW Logistics has refined our cold transportation and storage methods along with our quality controls and standards to make sure our customer’s products arrive precisely as intended.
This blog will look at the major elements of the frozen food supply chain and how FW Logistics maintains the highest quality.
Food Safety Is Critical
While it is important that food not thaw during travel, proper temperature management needs to maintain a constant temperature throughout the entire distribution process when shipping frozen food. Fluctuations of even a few degrees can have a disastrous impact on flavor, color, texture, odor, and cooking performance in frozen foods. It is easy to identify food that was not kept at a safe, constant temperature during transportation:
- Dehydration (also known as freezer burn) on food surfaces
- Breakage due to improper handling
- Frost forming inside the packaging
- Discoloration, particularly in meats
All of these are symptoms that the supply chain failed somewhere along the line, and the result is wasted food and loss of trust in your supply chain providers.
Safety and Sanitation Go Hand in Hand
Frozen shipments are all different. While the danger of microbial contamination is low with cold shipments, shippers still need to maintain clean and sanitary conditions. This means cleaning between loads to ensure the safe arrival of every delivery. Failure to do so invites a higher risk of contamination and even pest infestations.
Avoid Shipping Mixed Loads
Some cold shipping providers try to save money by combining shipments. While this is an easy way to cut costs, the real result is spoiled food if careful attention to temperature isn’t maintained.
FW Logistics is Your Local Cold Storage and Shipping Expert
How does your business handle cold logistics? Our team of supply chain experts prides itself on providing the best supply chain logistics services to meet our clients’ needs. If you want to develop your cold supply chain plan, we have a dedicated team that provides supply chain consulting, and we can analyze your entire chain for weaknesses.
Call us today, experience our logistics and cold storage expertise, and let’s discuss your pain points. FW Logistics has the solution.