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What You Need To Know About Safely Transporting Dairy

Joe Dickman | March 11th, 2021

People across the country consume dairy products daily. Many people simply go to the grocery store, pick up a carton of milk, and move on. Rarely do consumers think about how that product got on the shelf. The process of transporting dairy is more complicated than some might think. We explain what you need to know about safely transporting dairy, so read on to learn more.


When you consider what you need to know about safely transporting dairy, it’s important to consider hygiene. In today’s world, many people are concerned with hygiene. Would you reach for a dirty milk container? Probably not. The products must be clean because consumers eventually take the products home. It’s also important that the vehicle is clean since that’s what transports the dairy products. Be sure to sanitize the vehicle before and after each trip. This ensures the products are clean when they arrive at their destination.


What is the most important aspect of transporting dairy? Temperature. Dairy goes in the fridge because it’s temperature-sensitive. If dairy isn’t refrigerated, it spoils. Since dairy must remain cold, it must also be cold during transportation. Refrigerated trucks make it possible to transport goods at a specific temperature. Refrigerated trucks allow dairy to safely arrive at its destination. These trucks are refrigerated and insulated to keep the products safe and consumable.


Temperature is important, but so is time. Dairy products must arrive at their destination on time because they must be consumed before their expiration dates. Each dairy product has a date printed on the container. The date printed on the package suggests when the product is at its best. Consumers should consume the product before this date. Therefore, the product must be transported quickly so consumers can buy the product before that date passes.

A refrigerated van makes it easy to safely transport dairy. At Emerald Transportation Solutions, we have many options, including a small refrigerated van. Regardless of your operation, we have something for you. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions.

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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.

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