About 30 percent of the food consumption in the U.S. and other developing countries consists of perishable fruits and vegetables. Without proper storage and transport facilities, these consumer goods will spoil.
Through the cold chain, you enjoy quality fruits from Africa, South America, and tropical countries in Asia. Temperature-sensitive products are widely transported from resource-rich countries to different parts of the world.
Is it a foolproof system?
Did you know that the banana comprises about 20 percent of the volume of the world’s total cold transport by sea? Without an effective transport system, bananas and other nutritious and delicious food items will not make it to your table. The integrity of these products can be maintained with proper logistical support.
The cold chain industry is an important partner of food and pharmaceutical companies. The level of sophistication of technology currently available in the United States makes it possible for around 70 percent of America’s food consumption to be handled by cold chain applications. Nevertheless, due to problems with the system such as fluctuating temperatures, a quarter of the foods transported in refrigerated containers become spoiled. If there are no glitches, fresh produce can reach their destination without undergoing any deterioration.
What are the modes of transport available?
You can be sure of the safety of the meat and seafood you buy from chains like Walmart. The cold chain network brings them from farms to the supermarket, and eventually to your homes, intact and ready for consumption.
Refrigerated trucking companies such as West Coast Carriers handle huge volumes of foods, medicine, and other perishable commodities on a daily basis. Without them, post-harvest losses will be considerable. Efficient operations and effective monitoring allow for long-distance transport of perishable goods without storage. Aside from trucks, other methods of transport are by ship and by air.
Refrigerated trucks, cargo ships, airplanes, and railcars are bringing fresh fruits, vegetables, and pharmaceutical products to consumers with their quality intact. They are an integral part of the global supply chain.