Anyone who loves all things “pumpkin” knows the importance of this seasonal produce. This time each year, the pumpkin emerges as cultural king. You can find them everywhere during this transition from summer to fall, from goofy jack-o’-lantern faces to pumpkin-spice lattes, to pumpkin flavored beer, pancakes, candles and more! But when it comes to the actual pumpkin itself, have you ever thought about how they make it from the pumpkin farm to your front porch? Shipping pumpkins isn’t like shipping other seasonal produce out there and can be difficult and costly if not done properly. Boost your pumpkin supply chain today with this crash course and discover who ships the most pumpkins!
Top Pumpkin Producers and Shippers
While pumpkins are grown throughout the United States, there are a few states that produce 40% of all pumpkins. Those states are Illinois, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Texas and California. In fact, farmers growing pumpkins in those top-producing states produced over 1 billion pounds of pumpkins. In 2018, Illinois was ahead of the other top states with 500 million pounds of pumpkins and has remained the top pumpkin state. That’s a lot of pumpkins to ship, so knowing what to do to maintain pumpkin integrity during transit is key to success.
One of the common questions people ask when it comes to shipping pumpkins is, what is the right way to package pumpkins for shipping? This is especially important if you own a pumpkin farm and need to ship your pumpkins to stores and pumpkin patches around the nation. Pumpkins need good air circulation between them during transport to avoid getting spoiled. So, while consolidating pumpkins into group packaging might sound less costly and less time-consuming, it is actually riskier and could damage the integrity of the product.
Best practice is to pack pumpkins into cardboard cartons or corrugated fiberboard for external packaging. The best internal packaging material for pumpkins is simple bubble wrap to avoid scratches or punctures during transport. And for when they get stocked up onto a truck, dividers and padding are useful to ensure no pumpkin rots and ruins the rest of the patch.
For more comprehensive information on packaging materials and best practices for all types of shipments, download our free Guide to Freight Packaging.
Keeping It Cool
Much like most other fruits and produce, pumpkins require temperature-controlled shipping to get transported effectively. Full truckload shipping (TL) offers these specialty shipping services and also provides the space a pumpkin shipper would need to safely transport their cargo.
TL shipping is the go-to shipping mode for produce shippers everywhere. When you choose truckload, you can get temperature-controlled equipment, one dedicated trailer all to yourself, no stops for other shipments and no sharing space as you would if you shipped less-than-truckload (LTL) and less transit times, reducing the risks of spoil or rot.
Partner with a 3PL
Getting your pumpkin supply chain the resources a third-party logistics company (3PL) like FreightCenter has means you get the most convenient, affordable and effective freight shipping solutions possible. Whether you are shipping pumpkins or other types of produce, partnering with FreightCenter means you get the most reliable shipping services, a large network of your favorite carriers, shipping and logistics experts on hand and peace of mind knowing your 3PL has won the Food Logistics’ 2020 Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers award. We can handle all of your shipping needs.