Track & Improve Your Produce Quality and Shelf Life During Transportation
Keeping your fruit and vegetables fresh is the key to your business’ success! Imagine knowing that your produce has been at risk before it reaches the end consumer so that you can deal with the issue immediately. Here’s how to make sure you can nail the fresh logistic process every time.
MAINTAIN QUALITY AND FRESHNESS
VISIBILITY IN THE COLD CHAIN
From the second fruit and vegetables are picked from their source the freshness and quality of the product are at risk. Monitoring temperature and humidity to ensure the product is kept at the correct values at all times are key factors in keeping your fruits and vegetable fresh at a high quality.
It is important to know exactly what temperature each individual fruit and vegetable product needs to be stored for the freshest outcome. For example, cherries need to be between 95% and 100% humidity and in a temperature range of 0-2 degrees celsius. Whereas, some products like avocados can be damaged by the cold so will need to be stored at a warmer temperature.
This makes temperature and humidity levels extremely vital to the quality of the product while the product is going through the fresh food supply chain.
Visibility in the cold chain is another important factor to ensure that your food is kept in the correct conditions right throughout the duration of the fresh food supply chain. Having visibility in the cold chain will allow your company to take preventative measures to recover fresh fruit and vegetables when there is a delay in transportation. Good visibility also allows you to be flagged when there is a problem in the cold chain immediately (eg. temperature fluctuations) and attend to the problem quickly before the product arrives with the retailer or end consumer. This means you can deal with freshness issues immediately and communicate before causing disappointment to the end consumer.
Our Emerson Real-Time trackers and oversight portal will help you gain peace of mind while your goods are in the fresh food supply chain.
Learn how to ensure an uninterrupted, successful food supply chain.
What are data loggers?
Data loggers are advanced sensors that systematically collect and record data readings. Temperature data loggers can be particularly useful in the food retail industry for two primary reasons:
- They can automatically maintain robust temperature records that evidence due
diligence in storing food and drink at the correct temperature (with minimal, if any,
- They can provide staff with prompt alerts to any temperature issues, giving them the
opportunity to correct these as quickly as possible, potentially preventing damage to
valuable, temperature-sensitive stock that would otherwise get wasted.
A wide variety of data loggers exist on the market, varying in connectivity options (how the user gets data readings from the data logger to a readable platform), accuracy level, alarming functionality, power supply, and other features. As specialists in data logging technology, we have a variety of data loggers available that are perfectly suited to monitoring food storage temperature throughout supermarkets and similar establishments.
How do you handle supply chain fluctuations or disruptions?
Contingency planning is a key element within any supply chain. It takes on even greater importance within the food and beverage industry, which is vulnerable to weather and agricultural conditions. Shippers must sometimes shift their sourcing and routing of products with very little notice to ensure real-time supply and just-in-time deliveries.
Do you track and trace products in the event of a recall?
Within the food supply chain, recalls are inevitable. To prevent consumers from getting sick and to protect their brands, food suppliers must be able to pull products off the shelf quickly when necessary. The ability to track products from farm to fork throughout the supply chain enables food distribution companies to intercept recalled items before they are delivered, or quickly thereafter.
How do you comply with food safety regulatory requirements?
As part of the Food Safety Act, food and beverage providers, as well as their supply chain partners, must not only provide proof that they've maintained temperatures, but also must be able to track and trace products quickly in the event of a recall. Transportation providers and pack houses may also need to verify that mechanically refrigerated cold storage compartments or containers and thermally insulated tanks were pre-cooled to the shipper's specifications before products were loaded. In addition, transportation providers must track temperatures while transporting perishable products to ensure food safety.
How to be in control of your food safety?
At Precision Monitoring, we offer exclusive Emerson products that help food businesses monitor perishable goods during the transport and export processes.
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