Cold chain logistics have humble beginnings, with refrigerated transport of temperature-sensitive goods dating back to 1797, when British fishermen stocked their vessels with ice to preserve their catch while at sea. Then and now, maintaining an unbroken cold chain can mean the difference between a successful delivery and losing the entire load.
As the cold chain industry experiences rapid growth and regulatory changes, innovation is key to adapting and expanding with the times.
Refrigerated transportation of perishable products has grown 57% since 1980, and according to industry analysts, cold storage construction is expected to increase at a rate of 15% between now and 2023. Where is this growth coming from?
Shifts in the way consumers approach food have led to significant changes in cold chain logistics. The rising popularity of farm-to-table cuisine is leading to an increased need to transport “never frozen” food products, which entails ever more complex logistics. Poultry, for example, is considered fresh only if it has never been chilled below 26 degrees, meaning there’s only a 14-degree window between fresh and spoiled chicken.
And even with steeper regulations, cold chain growth hasn’t slowed. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which went into effect in 2017 and 2018, changed how the FDA approached food safety. Instead of being a reactionary force that intervenes when a problem occurs, the FDA changed its focus to proactively prevent contamination. FSMA regulations prompted a wide sweep of changes across the cold chain transport system, including an increase in FDA inspections and greater responsibility for loaders and transportation personnel to ensure proper handling.
So, how does a company adapt to the evolving needs of cold chain logistics, remain compliant with regulatory changes, and gain customers in expanding markets?
By staying alert to the latest advances in technology, transportation companies can better capitalize on an industry in flux.
PIMM™ Cold Chain Management (CCM) provides “end to end visibility” for your cold chain. The system monitors, analyzes and manages the entire distribution process from supplier plants, 3rd party carriers, 3rd party cold storage/distribution centers, outbound delivery fleet and in-store cold storage.
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