Each cold chain varies by region, location and temperature requirements; however, ensuring a cold chain for agricultural products begins at the farm. Produce often goes through precooling at the harvest location and is then loaded onto a truck or other transportation unit designed to keep the produce protected from the sun and held within a desirable temperature range, as it travels to a processor facility or a temperature controlled warehouse.

Cold Chain Management

Depending on the type of product and its ultimate destination, a product may proceed to one of several types of facilities. A cool dry storage facility protects the product and keeps it from high temperature fluctuations and humidity. A cold storage facility may be appropriate for products that require a lower temperature to remain fresh. This reduces the chance for bacterial introduction. A super cold facility is designed for products that may need to be kept frozen.

At each of these facilities, the product is kept at the ideal temperature until it is loaded onto an appropriate vehicle and shipped to a distribution center or its final destination, such as a retailer or restaurant.

At the retailer or restaurant, a product must be stored at the appropriate temperature in a refrigerator or freezer, as it awaits its final user, typically a home use customer or restaurant customer.

Less than 65F
  • Processed Foods (pickled, dried, cooked)
  • Cooking oils
  • Onions
50F – 65F
  • Sub Tropical Fruits and Seeds
  • Chocolate
32F – 50F
  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
  • Milk and Dairy Products
  • Flowers and Eggs
FROZEN
  • Meat, Fish and Poultry
  • Frozen Fruits and Vegetables
  • Ice Cream

PIMM™ Cold Chain Management (CCM) collects and analyzes valuable cold storage information and shares any/all relevant corrective actions with the appropriate supply chain partners. Real-time process management allows for a more effective cold chain process which extends “shelf life”, reduces rejections/returns, improves quality and enhances customer satisfaction at all levels.

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