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How To Effectively Transport Food To Catering Events

Joe Dickman | March 15th, 2022

You want your catering food to taste delicious and fresh from the moment it’s prepared until it gets delivered. On the other hand, actually making that happen can pose a bit of a challenge. Luckily, when you continue reading, you will learn some terrific tips on how to effectively transport food to catering events.

Use a Temperature-Controlled Van

Catering businesses benefit tremendously from climate-controlled vehicles. They’re remarkably simple and quick to load and unload, helping your food spend as little time as possible outside of proper storage settings.

Furthermore, your cold food will not dissolve or spoil on the trip over. Simultaneously, you can ensure hot food stays warm and ready to eat. You can even customize temperature-controlled vans to give you unique layouts inside so you can store meals as you see fit.

Package Hot and Cold Food Separately

Food safety issues can occur when hot and cold meals get packaged directly alongside each other. These safety concerns stem from the extreme temperature fluctuations caused by the mingling, which can also significantly impact the food’s quality.

Keep hot and cold items in separate food dishes or containers to avoid cross-contamination. You should also make sure you’re covering each dish with lids, foil, or plastic wrap to ensure they’re secure during delivery.

Keep Everything Organized in Vehicle

When you don’t properly secure all your food in the back, it can take a tumble and get wholly ruined during transit. You’ll likely drive over bumpy roads, potholes, or make tight turns while carrying meals in your catering vehicle. That’s why it’s essential to keep everything clean and organized so you ensure meals are locked down and can’t shift during delivery.

Key In on Presentation

You need to think about presenting your food in the best possible light once you actually arrive. Picking suitable chafing dishes and accouterments can open up a world of possibilities for warming and offering your meal. After traveling, choose a Sterno or induction primed chafing method to preserve optimum serving temperatures.

You can use chafers to help you serve a dish that looks warm, delicious, and enticing. Chafers are available in a range of styles to accommodate any size of business.

Knowing how to effectively transport food to catering events will ensure that your customers get their food as quickly and efficiently as possible while leaving them smiling. Emerald Transportation Solutions is proud to offer high-quality refrigerated catering vans for sale to help take your business to the next level. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

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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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