Category Archives: Commodity Storage & Handling

How the Cold Chain Makes Sure You Don’t End Up on the Wrong Side of “Trick or Treat”

Consumers spend billions annually on Halloween, from costumes and decorations to greeting cards and, of course, candy. In fact, the National Retail Federation estimates that Americans will spend $2.7 billion this year on Halloween candy.

However, the majority of those who celebrate Halloween, which is estimated to be 70 percent of the United States population, are unaware of the journey these holiday sweets take from the manufacturer to convenience and grocery stores all over the country.

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Calculate the Perfect Freezing and Storage Temperatures

What will it cost to freeze product? How much time will it take to freeze product? What’s the shelf-life of a product? That’s just a sampling of the innumerable factors refrigerated warehouse managers must consider when accepting new food products.

World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), a Core Partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) member Dr. Dennis Heldman showcased the Food Freezing and Storage Calculator during a recent GCCA webinar.

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How the Cold Chain Spreads the Love on Valentine’s Day

Consumers spend billions annually on Valentine’s Day. In fact, the National Retail Federation estimates that Americans will spend $18.2 billion this year on Valentine’s candy, flowers, and more. Ordering all of the Valentine’s Day necessities is becoming easier every year. With the simple click of a button, a consumer in California can send flowers and chocolate to a loved one in Florida. Therefore, proper storage and transportation vital to ensure perfection. The WFLO Commodity Storage Manual has a whopping six pages devoted to proper storage and handling of confectionery items, ranging from candy corn and gum drops to chocolates and caramels. The manual also has plenty of information for cold chain logistics providers to ensure safe, high quality cheese and wine make it to consumers in time for the big day of romance. Continue reading

Online Version of WFLO Commodity Storage Manual Gets Updated

The WFLO Commodity Storage Manual is the cold chain industry’s chief resource for scientific information on the storage and handling of perishable goods with information on storing almost 300 different temperature-controlled products. Last week, WFLO completed a brand new update to the online version of the manual. The new design allows members to easily search for commodities by commodity name or keywords. Members also can browse an alphabetical listing of the entries. Access to the online version is complimentary with membership. Members and Nonmembers may purchase printed copies of the manual from the online store. More

Maximize Your Membership: Food Freezing & Storage Calculator

Temperature-controlled warehouse managers must consider a number of factors when receiving new food products for storage in their facility. The cost and time to it takes to freeze a product and the product shelf-life are just a few of these factors. IARW members have access to a free member resource known as the Food Freezing and Storage Calculator. Created by WFLO Scientific Advisors, this quick, user-friendly calculator includes information on nearly 1,000 specific products in twelve different product categories. The calculator is available in English or Spanish and metric or imperial units. The Food Freezing and Storage Calculator can be found under the Resources section of the GCCA website. MORE

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