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Penske Logistics has earned the Cold Carrier Certification, the first certification of its kind focused on excellence in refrigerated transportation. The Cold Carrier Certification recognizes cold trucking carrier companies that comply with the GCCA's Refrigerated Transportation Best Practices Guide. The guide was published to provide support to companies on implementing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s rule for the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (STF) in the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Though this is a U.S.-based standard, GCCA considers the best practices laid out in its guide to be applicable across the globe.
Penske Logistics is a leading provider of dedicated contract carriage services, which also includes refrigerated trucking in the food and beverage sector. Its customers span convenience stores, grocers, wholesalers and distributors, and quick-service restaurant chains. The company’s fleet of more than 2,000 refrigerated vehicles handle more than 1.5 million cold chain truck shipments annually. Similarly, Penske Logistics also manages millions of square feet of refrigerated warehousing space for leading grocers in North America.
“We’re committed to instilling the highest levels of sanitary measures and safe perishable product transportation in our fleet,” said Jeff Jackson, senior vice president, operations – dedicated contract carriage, Penske Logistics. “This certification underscores our commitment and provides our customers with an added layer of confidence and documentation that we are doing our utmost to ensure the safety and sanitation of their perishables shipments.”
GCCA President Matthew Ott, CAE, CMP, said: “I applaud Penske’s commitment to food safety, demonstrated by becoming a Certified Cold Carrier. Together, we can all work to ensure we are forging a universally strong cold chain where every product retains quality and safety through each link.”
Penske Logistics is a Penske Transportation Solutions company with operations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Penske Logistics provides supply chain management and logistics services to leading companies around the world. Penske Logistics delivers value through its design, planning and execution in transportation, warehousing and freight management.