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How to Extend Shelf Life of Refrigerated Foods

June 13, 2018

Supermarkets and other retail environments regularly undergo huge financial losses due to food spoilage. In these settings it’s true that time is gold. The longer the food product is in storage or display (no one’s buying it), the higher the chance of spoilage and wastage.

What we don’t see, however, is that the transport of refrigerated goods also has a huge impact on how much the financial losses will be. After all, the transport takes time and more importantly the temperature during the transport can significantly alter the quality of food products.

Effect of temperature on foods

Mainly, microbes and enzymes cause foods to undergo physical and chemical changes through time. These changes get facilitated or accelerated when the goods are exposed to certain temperatures. For example, many microorganisms can thrive in temperatures above 10℃ (which is the temperature in many supermarket shelves and refrigerators).

In most cases, lower temperatures can slow down biological activity. After all, many organisms have evolved to thrive in “normal” temperature levels. Although microbes still survive and try to reproduce even when exposed to extreme temperatures, their activities will still slow down because of freezing temperature levels. In many cases many cells will die because of the expansion of water content within each cell.

That’s why it’s crucial to have a tight temperature control system especially during refrigerated transport. If the goods are already compromised before they arrived to the supermarket, the spoilage will be more apparent and accelerated. If somewhere in the supply chain there’s a failure to control temperature levels, the foods (especially meat, fruits and vegetables) will be spoiled much earlier.

Extend shelf life of refrigerated foods

It’s highly recommended to pay attention to the behind-the-scenes of supermarket operations. For example, there should be tight temperature control even during the transport (not just when the product is in display or temporary storage). This way, the goods will somehow remain in the best condition once they arrive in the supermarkets and shelves.

Here at Cooltrans we’re committed to accomplishing that. We maintain tight temperature control during our deliveries. We also deeply understand that time is a huge factor in meeting customer demand and minimising financial losses. That’s why we arrive promptly from A to B and prepare contingency plans to minimise delays. We also allow backup fleet provision for urgent requests.

Contact us today here at Cooltrans if you want a reliable and timely delivery service of your refrigerated goods. You can send us your enquiries and we are ready to handle both small and huge assignments.