Creating a successful food and beverage business is definitely a juggling act – from offering delicious meals and beverages to marketing your business and managing staff. But one component that will affect all of these things is ensuring you have fresh, high-quality food and beverages.
Refrigerated Transport of Fruits and Veggies
Reliable refrigerated transport of fruits and vegetables is crucial to optimising shelf life and minimising profit losses. After all, a large percentage of harvested veggies and fruits are spoiled before consumption (or even before customer purchase).
Shipping and receiving are integral parts for f&b businesses. A little bit of fluctuation in temperature can mean spoilage or damage to the goods. Food spoilage can cost your business big time in destroyed inventory and ingredients – it could also lead to food-borne illness. These risks are amplified when your food is on the go.
Whether it’s being delivered on-site to your premises or you’re delivering to guest at another site – this is where refrigerated vehicles or mobile cold rooms come in handy. Once food supplies are in your possession, your business is responsible for their freshness and safety.
Increasing Demand for Frozen Food Products
Frozen foods are perceived to be extremely nutritious and possess higher percentages of essential vitamins and minerals. “Frozen foods, such as vegetables, fruits, meat, and pre-cooked meals, needs to be stored at specific temperatures to ensure a long shelf life. To avoid damage or decay during storage and transportation, vendors in the market are integrating their refrigerated units with thermal liners, computer controls, and multi-temperature systems. This is one of the key drivers for the refrigerated road transportation market,” says Sharan Raj, one of the lead analysts at Technavio for transportation and distribution research.
Increased requirement for sustainable transportation
The need for sustainable transport is on the rise and is vital for the entire food and beverage cold chain logistic industries. The primary aim for the manufacturers to switch to sustainable transportation is to reduce the carbon footprint and decrease fuel consumption.
To save on costs (and to ensure reliability), some small business owners purchase and operate their own refrigerated vans. However, this might actually be a more costly option. That’s because you need to purchase the vehicle, follow a maintenance program and ensure tight temperature control.
Moreover, it’s likely you won’t be using the refrigerated van on a daily basis. There will always be idle times. A practical way for small businesses to save money is to use a refrigerated van only when it’s needed (the just-in-case approach).
In a special event (particularly corporate events and weddings), everything needs to be considered – from decorations to AV but most importantly, the food. The food can make or break your event. If the food being served to guests got spoiled or acquired odours while in transit, it could ruin someone’s special day. With refrigerated vehicles or mobile cold rooms, there is less risk for spoilage, microorganism growth and acquisition of unwanted odours.