Saturday, October 31, 2020

Fresh food shipping

For the shipment of fresh and perishable products it is important to choose a packaging system that uses insulating materials such as polystyrene and that has a thickness of between 3 and 6 cm. In order to guarantee the temperature range for the cold chain, we use blocks of refrigerant gel in adequate quantities to preserve the quality of the products for at least 48 hours.

Polystyrene box

Expanded polystyrene, due to its high thermal insulation coefficient (lambda 0.032 wmk) and excellent mechanical qualities, is an ideal material for making isothermal packaging for food and perishable products in general. These containers are able to protect from 
heat and cold, allowing products susceptible to thermal variations – especially food and pharmaceutical products – to reach the consumer in perfect condition and maintain their original organoleptic properties unaltered.

Cooling gels

Gel packs ensure the maintenance of the cold chain during the transport of perishable products (eg fresh, frozen foods) and in general for all goods subject to the directives (Legislative Decree 26 May 1997, n. 155 J “Implementation of directives 93 / 43 / EEC and 96/3 / EC concerning the hygiene of food products “). Non-toxic and easy to use, they can be reused numerous times before being disposed of as municipal waste at the end of their cycle.

How we use it:

  • the gel packs are placed in the cold rooms or blast chillers of the partner restaurants;
  • the freezing time can vary from 3h (using the blast chiller) to 24h (using the freezer);
  • when ordered, they are picked up and placed last on top of the ingredients, in such a way as to allow the cold to spread evenly inside the box.

Once thawed, the gel pack can be used over and over again. 
Below we attach the indicative tables of n. of gel packs that you will find in the box according to the duration of the trip and the season.

SUMMER
Box model 24h 48h
11 liters 1 2
22 liters 2 4
WINTER
Box model 24h 48h
11 liters 1 2
22 liters 1 2

Storage temperatures

We illustrate below the recommended storage temperatures of the products we most frequently ship inside our boxes. The number of gel packs (and consequently the weight) is entered according to the perishable product that requires the lowest 
storage temperature .

Products Temperatures [° C]
Milk 0 ° to + 4 ° *
Butter from + 1 ° to + 6 °
Dairy products 0 ° to + 4 ° *
White meat from + 1 ° to + 4 °
Red meat from + 1 ° to + 4 °
Game from + 1 ° to + 4 °
Preparations containing minced meat + 2 °
Fresh fish from 0 ° to + 4 ° **
Clams + 6 °
Beer + 5 °
Wine + 10 °
Products derived from eggs + 4 °
Eggs from 0 ° to + 5 °
Mushrooms from 0 ° to + 2 °
Marmalade from + 1 °
Chocolate + 4 °

* Transport must not exceed 48h 
** Transport must be on ice