Farm-to-Table: How to Safely Transport Food so it Stays Fresh

June 11, 2019 by FreightCenter Team
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1.3 billion tons of food is wasted every year globally, which equates to $1 trillion wasted US dollars. How you safely transport your perishable, temperature controlled items is vital so that it stays fresh. As the harvest season ramps up, those in the food industry face several challenges in keeping food safe. Ensuring its quality when it arrives to the customer is top priority. According to a 2015 study published on foodtank.com, 2-20% of all fruits and vegetables end up wasted during the shipping process – that’s a staggering statistic.

Keep it Fresh

As with all things shipping, proper packaging is a must. The key to packaging food is insulation and refrigeration — keeping heat and moisture out and cool temperatures in. Set your freight up for success by packing your items with care. We break down everything you need to know about packaging in How to Pack and Ship for Temperature Controlled Shipping.

Choose the Right Method and Carrier

The preferred method for transporting food is by truckload, which provides necessary equipment such as refrigeration, and expedited shipping. When transporting food, you’ll want to use a carrier that has experience with temperature-controlled freight and that complies with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) food safety rules. These carriers know how to keep food at the right temperature during transit and can deliver in the quick timeframe required for many food items (i.e. 30 hours or less). Other options to consider are add-ons like a temperature monitoring device that provides you with real-time updates of your item’s temperature and freeze protection services.

A Standout in Food Logistics

As the winner of the Food Logistics’ Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain award, FreightCenter has been operating in the food logistics industry for more than 20 years. We can help you find the right carrier to fit your unique needs or help solve the complexities involved with shipping food products.

Ready to ship your temperature-controlled freight? We’re here to help — contact one of our experts 800.716.7608. Or, use our online quoting tool to get instant rates.

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