Fishers catch seafood product, workers process and clean the product, then prepare the product for shipment. Fish, crab, lobster, and other perishable seafood often spend hours out of the ocean before reaching their trucks, upping the urgency for proper and expedient shipment. Compared to other products shipped via the cold supply chain, fresh seafood has particular nuances deliverers need to pay special attention to. To understand these nuances, look over these tips for safely shipping fresh seafood to supermarkets.
Streamline Your Shipping
Your most important priority is streamlining your shipment process. When shipping fresh product as opposed to frozen, you have less time before it spoils. According to FSR Magazine, carriers take between 10-24 hours to get cold chain product to a retailer from a processing or storage facility. Given the sensitivity of seafood, saving time by unitizing product and taking care of other delivery logistics helps preserve product.
Limit Exposure to Heat
Part of the reason you need to limit time spent shipping is because exposing fresh seafood to changes in temperature counteracts its freshness. Ten-degree temperature increases during transport shave days off its viability. To mitigate these losses, take special care to prevent exposure to heat during transition points. Every time product needs to move locations, such as when it’s dropped off at an end retailer or changes vehicles, it loses the protection of a temperature-regulated environment, so scheming to lessen these transfers improves freshness.
Another tip for shipping fresh seafood to a supermarket is to refrigerate correctly. Seafood is uniquely difficult to keep cool because the fish, crabs, lobsters, or other sea creatures in question are irregular shapes and vary in size from one another. Those delivering the product must keep this in mind and should focus on removing air from packages and using appropriate boxes to limit this. Also, a fresh product needs a refrigerant. Dry ice is a useful refrigerant for many types of seafood.
Your most important tool when shipping your seafood is the refrigerated and insulated transportation you use. Contact Emerald Transportation Solutions, a leading refrigerated truck manufacturer, for information on their diverse refrigeration-equipped vehicle offerings.