Critical Issues in Transporting Vegetables
Todd Cawley | September 1st, 2023
Transporting vegetables can be a complicated and delicate process, and it requires careful consideration of several critical issues. Here are some of the most pressing issues you need to keep in mind when transporting vegetables:
- Maintaining proper temperature: Vegetables are susceptible to temperature changes, and maintaining the appropriate temperature during transit is crucial to preserving their quality and freshness. Make sure to choose a refrigerated truck or van with a reliable refrigeration system and insulation to maintain the correct temperature throughout the entire journey. It’s essential to consider the temperature requirements of all different vegetables to avoid spoilage.
- Minimizing exposure to light: Light can cause vegetables to wilt and lose their nutritional value. To keep the vegetables away from direct sunlight during transport and storage, it’s essential to have proper packaging that protects vegetables from exposure.
- Avoiding moisture buildup: Moisture buildup can cause vegetables to rot or develop mold. Use packaging that allows for proper ventilation to prevent moisture buildup. Also avoid stacking packages too closely together, which can lead to moisture buildup. Good packaging can prevent moisture buildup and ensure the vegetables arrive fresh at their destination.
- Proper handling: Proper handling of vegetables is essential to avoid damage and spoilage. Be gentle with vegetables to prevent bruising and use packaging that can withstand the rigors of transportation. Proper handling can maintain the vegetables’ quality and ensure they arrive at their destination in good condition.
- Proper labeling: Proper labeling is essential to ensure the vegetables are correctly identified and transported to the right destination. Label the packaging with the contents, date, and temperature requirements. Proper labeling can help you identify the vegetables quickly and ensure they arrive at their destination fresh.
At Emerald Transportation Solutions, we understand the critical issues of transporting vegetables and offer customized refrigerated transportation solutions to meet your needs. Our refrigerated trucks and vans are equipped with the latest technology to ensure your vegetables are transported safely and efficiently. With more than 55 years of combined experience, our team of experts is committed to providing superior service with honesty and integrity.
Transporting vegetables requires careful consideration of critical issues, such as temperature control, minimizing exposure to light, avoiding moisture buildup, proper handling, and proper labeling. At Emerald Transportation Solutions, we dedicate ourselves to providing customized refrigerated transportation solutions for all your business needs. For more information, please call us at 678-928-8619.
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Questions regarding DOT requirements come up often. 10,000 lbs GVW (gross vehicle weight) and over are commercial vehicles that fall under the Department of Transportation regulatory requirements.
What is the difference between GVW and payload?
GVW or Gross Vehicle Weight is the entire weight of the vehicle including the payload. The payload weight represents the amount of cargo you are hauling.
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A self-powered unit has its own fuel source and will run independent of the truck. This is the heaviest and most expensive option. While vehicle-powered units run off the engine via a compressor mounted on the engine. These are less expensive and lighter in weight but you must run the truck or plug the electric standby into shore power.
What does K-factor mean and why is that important?
K-factor is a term that stands for the overall insulating value of the container (truck body). Quite simply the lower the K-factor the better the truck body will be able to maintain a given temperature and require less energy to do so.
How much lighter is a Poly Van vs a US spec body?
Poly Van bodies are very light. On average we estimate we are 75-150 lbs per foot lighter than a traditional sheet and post foamed in place body. These weight savings translates to less fuel burn and less CO2 emissions, along with added payload, the most important benefit.