The Importance of Cold Storage Chain in the Food Industry
July 4, 2022
July 4, 2022
Food spoilage is a much bigger problem than we think. According to an estimate by Food and Agricultural Organization, around one-third of the food is lost or wasted every year before it reaches consumers in the market. What is more pressing is that almost 50% of the temperature-sensitive produce is lost after harvest due to inefficient cold chain solutions or logistics, refrigerated and non-refrigerated both. Undoubtedly, the cold chain is a challenge around the world and with increasing weather unpredictability, there is a strong need for cold chain solutions for food security.
In this article, we will try to understand more about the cold chain and its importance in the food industry.
There are multiple factors involved in food spoilage, leaving the food and even biological products, vaccines and pharmaceuticals unfit for use or consumption.
A food cold chain can be defined as a set of activities to ensure that perishable food items are kept or stored at the optimum temperature range throughout the supply chain—from harvesting to reaching the end consumers at the point of sale. It includes a robust network of the following:
Simply put, an effective cold chain seamlessly maintains the temperature of the perishable, sensitive food during the movement from the farm to the final destinations including storage and distribution.
The global food cold chain market was estimated at USD 149.43 billion in 2019, of which refrigerated storage is observed to be the fastest growing segment owing to technological advancements. It is projected that the refrigerated storage segment will account for 59% of the market by 2024.
Primarily, the cold chain for agricultural and seafood products can be categorised under the following six categories.
Cold chain offers numerous benefits in the food industry
Some of the common food cold chain challenges include the following.
Being a pioneer in innovative cold chain storage solutions, Rinac has worked extensively alongside leading industrial players to develop real-world solutions to tackle food cold chain challenges. Our industrial cold chain solutions cater to a vast array of industries and include walk-in and step-in chillers or freezers, refrigerated transportation, multi-commodity cold warehouses, display cum cold storage units, and much more.
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