The food logistics industry came under enormous pressure and scrutiny throughout the pandemic. Compared to other sectors and imported goods, food and beverage manufacturers and distributors face challenges transporting products through the supply chain. They also need compliance with FDA tracking requirements and regulations from the source to their final destination.
Industries across the globe continue to work and find ways to reduce their supply chain carbon footprint to combat climate change. For example, food and beverage companies work to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable supply chain management practices to achieve decarbonization throughout the supply chain. Companies now gear these efforts to every stage of their supply chains, including reducing carbon emissions by optimizing warehousing and distribution solutions.
Not only do proprietors in the food and beverage sector look for other sustainable options of fuel conservation and emission control by trying to reduce their truck transportation, but they also do this by reducing food waste. Food Logistics found, The food distribution industry is one of eight industry supply chains that account for more than 50% of global emissions. The food sector alone accounts for approximately one-quarter of these emissions "the most of any supply chain in the world." Therefore, by transporting food and beverage supplies, businesses hold a duty to improve sustainability within the food and beverage transportation supply chain.
The dangers of transporting food and beverage supplies include food-borne illnesses associated with perishable goods. Led by the FDA, the U.S. FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) must remain an essential guide for those managing food and beverage transportation. The FSMA targets and mitigates food-borne illnesses and other food-related issues that, under ideal conditions, infect roughly 48 million Americans annually- a significant public health burden. The current U.S. food supply chains face emergencies due to the pandemic and health situations. This includes store closings, social distancing, self-isolation, and panic grocery buying making proper shipping all the more imperative.
Food and beverage transportation relies on food-safe trucks, food-grade warehousing, and storage facilities. Food-grade warehouses in the U.S. must register with the U.S. FDA as well as maintain this registration, which requires inspection every three years, according to Supply Chain 247. Each logistics company must remain compliant to avoid fines or no-drive orders-services associated with food and beverage transportation work to alleviate the chance of damage and contamination.
Handling logistics such as food shipment across the cold chain requires a more comprehensive logistical process to ensure shipment integrity and reduce any setbacks or temperature anomalies. The duration of transporting food and beverage supplies, the size of the shipment and lean methodology for transit, and outside temperatures all factor in the transportation decision to ensure proper transport. These factors make it vital for food shippers to assess product characteristics so goods ship at the appropriate temperature.
Transportation management and delivery services look different for the transportation of food and beverage supplies and only work with the right partner. Port Jersey Logistics can help businesses in the food and beverage industry stay safe, affordable, and efficient. Contact Port Jersey Logistics today!