Hydrocooling: Keeping It Fresh

Category: Frozen Warehousing March 7, 2014

One of the biggest concerns facing food manufacturers and distributors is keeping their inventory safe across each stage of the supply chain. One technology found in warehouses close to growers is that of precooling foods. Hydrocooling is one of the quickest precooling methods available. Items such as fruits, vegetables, and other bulk foods can be cooled quickly by bringing them in contact with cold, moving water.

Whereas some cooling methods may actually remove water from produce and other fresh items, hydrocooling does not. This removes field heat from fruits and vegetables that have been freshly harvested by immersing them in cold water.

To mitigate the spread of infection from a batch of just harvested foods, this cooling contains recirculated, slightly chlorinated water. In some cases, sodium hypochlorite may be added to destroy the rot spores on skins of produce. These elements help improve storage life and market quality.

In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, this method is also used for frozen food processing. By lowering the product’s temperature to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit, hydrocooling can ultimately reduce the cost to freeze food and while preserving frozen products.

For additional questions about hydrocooling, please contact Hanson Logistics.

Mitigating Recession-Altered Transportation Costs

Category: 3PL,Consolidation,Refrigerated Transportation,Trucking March 24, 2014

Over the last five years, many temperature-controlled transportation companies have seen an increase in average load weight as well as a decreased number of loads shipped. This has impacted smaller carriers who struggle to survive. Rising transportation costs have increased the quantity of SKUs shipped per load well, in efforts to mitigate costs.  However, for Read the full article…

Added Supply Chain Management Expertise: Please Welcome Ash Dais, General Manager of Chicago Consolidation Center

Category: Hanson Corporate March 31, 2014

Hanson Logistics supply chain management officials have announced that Ash Dais has joined the company as General Manager of the Hanson Chicago Consolidation Center. Previous General Manager, Jeff Frazier, has been promoted to Regional Vice President – Indiana. Dais has an extensive background in temperature-controlled supply chain services and all aspects of supply chain management. Read the full article…