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Fruits and Vegetables that Need to be Refrigerated During Transportation

Todd Cawley | January 3rd, 2023

Did you know that the ideal storage temperature for most fruits and vegetables is between 32-41 degrees Fahrenheit? Many people store fruits and vegetables at room temperature, not knowing that some of these items must be refrigerated to stay fresh, especially during transportation. The key is ensuring that the temperature is consistent. If you are looking for a reliable way to keep your produce at a consistent temperature while on the way to a delivery, you should consider investing in a refrigerated truck or reefer van from Emerald Transportation Solutions!

The following types of produce can stay fresh for up to two weeks and should be in a refrigerated van during transportation:


Apples are one of the most popular fruits in the world and must be refrigerated to avoid becoming spoiled. They are climacteric fruit, meaning they continue to ripen after being picked. But, if left at room temperature, they will become overripe and spoil. It would be best if you store your apples in the refrigerated vehicles, along with bananas.


Bananas are tropical fruits that will spoil quickly if left at room temperature. But remember, when someone stores bananas in the fridge, they will stop ripening, and their skin will turn brown. However, the flesh of the banana will remain unchanged.

Additional Fruits & Vegetables

Other foods that belong in the fridge include citrus fruits, such as oranges and lemons. These fruits are susceptible to temperature, along with grapes, berries, leafy greens such as spinach and kale, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and beets. All of these foods belong in the fridge to stay fresh.
As you can see, many fruits and vegetables must be refrigerated during transportation. Keep your customers happy; invest in a fridge or refrigerated van to ensure that your fruits and vegetables arrive at their destination in the best possible condition. Contact Emerald Transportation Solutions to discover all of our available vans and trucks so you can adequately store your transported fruits and vegetables.

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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.

What is a self-powered unit and a vehicle-powered unit?

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.

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