The Blast: Industry Blog

Before foods make it into your refrigerator, they are stored in large cold storage warehouse facilities.  From these facilities, the food is delivered to the grocery store, where we as consumers then pick it up and bring it home.  While it may be a regular task to throw the ground beef or milk from the grocery bag into the refrigerator, the process of getting it to the store is unfamiliar to most of us.  There is often cross-country or worldwide transportation involved in getting food to the store where you purchase it.  During that transport time, the food needs to remain at a safe temperature.

Today, with the introduction of modern technology, we have superior options for cold storage and refrigeration. We heavily depend on refrigeration and cold storage for the needs of daily life. Cold storage & refrigeration are two methods we use and their main function is to help in keeping our food items in a safe and consumable state.

Cold storage can be defined as a large warehouse operating cold storage facility. Huge refrigerated units are installed in these warehouses. Many large distributing and manufacturing companies utilize cold storage warehouse in order to keep their products safe. The nature of food and other products decide on the type of cold storage units that are kept at relatively cooler temperatures can hold anything from wood to vegetables. Frozen products are best stored at lower temperatures.

Refrigerated warehouse storage facilities represent 15% of all warehouses and storage facilities in the overall warehousing industry.  Most are responsible for more than simply storing perishable items.  With many varying temperature requirements, modern technology now offers many superior options for controlling and maintaining temperatures.  Many refrigerated warehouse and storage facilities participate in the import, export and distribution of food.  As third-party logistics providers, they control almost all of the operations necessary to make sure food is delivered safely to consumers.

An interesting note is that food is not the only use for cold storage and refrigeration warehouse facilities.  More and more pharmaceutical manufacturers and supply chain distributors retain cold storage companies to keep overflow medical supplies and samples for future distribution.

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