As the weather gets warmer and summer approaches, perishable foods like dairy, seafood, fish fruits, vegetables, meats, and baked goods will require more care in shipping to stay fresh. The most important things to keep in mind when shipping perishables are temperature and timing.
Reducing the transit time of perishable foods helps keep them chilled or frozen in transportation from the supplier to the consumer, preventing spoilage and thus increasing profits.
First, choose a transport company with the means and expertise to coordinate expedited trucking and transport services. Goods that are moved faster get handled less and make fewer stops en route to their destination. Experienced 3PL logistics companies are ideal for this as they work with you and their network of carriers to meet your delivery window. They have the technology and relationships needed to coordinate the most cost-effective & reliable transport with trusted refrigeration carriers.
Next, consider the packaging preparation and how perishable food needs to maintain a specific temperature range. It’s crucial to use appropriate containers or cold packs because shipping fresh produce versus shipping meats requires different temperatures and levels of humidity.
Your packaging can spell the difference between the perishable food’s ability to endure hours or days battling extreme weather conditions and unexpected stops or wasting away in transit. Not only should the packaging protect its contents from spills or damage from loading or unloading, but should keep the cold in and keep the heat out.
Finally, it’s important to label the packaging appropriately. It’s essential to label perishable food packages as such. This is a surefire way to directly communicate with anyone that sees the container exactly how to ensure the food’s integrity.
Instructions on the packaging itself might say “This side up,” to avoid spills, damages, and loss of product. At-a-glance requirements printed or stamped on the box, like “frozen” or “fresh eggs,” and the necessary temperature range will eliminate time the loaders would otherwise take double-checking which box needs to be at which temperature or which boxes need to be unloaded first.
Keep in mind that it doesn’t all have to fall on your packaging skills. Working with an experienced transportation logistics company can give you the peace of mind you need to ship your perishables safely. East Coast Transport takes the seemingly impossible task of synchronizing all of the moving parts in the food shipping process and coordinates the most efficient and cost-effective way to get your perishable foods from its source to its destination.