Transporting Fruits and Vegetables
Joe Dickman | January 2nd, 2024
Understanding which fruits and vegetables require refrigeration is vital in the vast world of perishable goods. Whether you’re a consumer ensuring the freshness of your groceries or a business transporting these goods, the distinction is essential. For businesses, using a refrigerated truck can make the difference between maintaining or compromising the quality and freshness of your delivered produce. Below is a quick list of perishables that require refrigeration:
Raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries are susceptible to mold. Storing them in a refrigerator slows mold growth and keeps them fresh longer.
While they might seem robust, grapes benefit from the cool environment of a fridge, which prolongs their freshness and prevents them from becoming soft.
- Leafy Greens:
Lettuces, spinach, kale, and other leafy greens wilt rapidly when left at room temperature. Refrigeration keeps them crisp and fresh.
- Broccoli and Cauliflower:
Both these vegetables retain their crunch and nutrients when stored in a refrigerator.
- Green Beans:
To maintain their snap and vibrant color, green beans should be refrigerated.
Soft herbs like basil, parsley, and cilantro stay fresh and aromatic when stored in a cool environment.
- Citrus Fruits:
When refrigerated, oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits retain their juiciness and flavor.
Refrigerating apples can extend their shelf life if you plan to store them longer than a week.
- Carrots and Radishes:
Refrigeration not only keeps carrots and radishes crunchy but also preserves their vibrant colors.
For businesses dealing in the transportation of these perishable goods, ensuring the best storage conditions is paramount. It’s not just about maintaining quality but also about upholding consumers’ trust. Investing in a top-tier refrigerated truck is the first step in ensuring the freshness of these goods. For those considering an upgrade or starting a new venture, finding a freezer truck for sale could be the solution to your unique transport needs.
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What does under DOT mean?
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.