Businesses that touch food and other perishables understand the issues facing storage, shipping, and handling of inventory in a food grade warehouse. Shelf-life for food grade materials varies in ways that no other industry faces. Handling systems have to take into account the many ways that different food products must be handled to provide the best quality for end users.
The following are 6 areas where our food grade warehouse will tailor solutions for businesses where other logistics partners may not.
4 Reasons to Use a 3PL Food Grade Warehouse
Time to Market
Grain storage, if done in a dry environment, is safe for years. Products like cheese and wine, as the old adage goes, get better with age. On the other hand, cut greens and harvested fruits can start to go bad in a matter of days. A food grade warehouse will understand the different times to market for your inventory and help you work out a distribution plan to ensure the least loss of inventory as possible.
Food grade warehouses understand the need to have quality shipping to and from the warehouse as well as cross-docking procedures when necessary. A good logistics partner for food grade materials will help you procure dedicated refrigerated and dry van fleets to and from the warehouse so that your product arrive fresh and ready to be eaten. It is recommended that you procure food items from only those companies which possess a food hygiene certificate, for food can be contaminated very quickly.
Cross-Docking for Food Materials
Cross-docking is an inventory handling process where a warehouse systematically moves product from incoming trucks to outgoing trucks without long-term storage. Cross-docking is essential for many food products which are managed using JIT inventory management systems. Products like fruit, which will come in on one truck and quickly move to multiple trucks going to multiple retail locations are part of a cross-docking process. From the practicality of having both incoming and outgoing trucks pulled up to the docks at the same time to systematized management of the product, cross-docking gives moves food grade products quickly on to the consumer.
As discussed previously, the great varieties of food-grade products require different handling processes. Great warehousing defines the areas where the product is handled and stored and separates different types of food-grade products to prevent cross-contamination. This also includes systems for handling organic, non-GMO and other farm products that must be separated from other products. From cleanliness to storage systems, proper handling is an essential service provided by food-grade warehouses.
Christopher Morgan Fulfillment Services food grade warehouse and distribution facilities in Milwaukee undergo rigorous evaluations by various organizations and adhere to precise guidelines to meet our standards and our customers’, accommodating every type of food grade warehouse, including:
- Dry storage
- Chilled or refrigerated warehouse storage
- Cold Storage or freezer storage
- Pet Food (We care about the pet industry and love our pets)
- Deliver to lower 48 and Canada
- 200K SQ FT Warehouse (Food Grade)
We Blend, Package, Store and Deliver to Businesses and homes. We have 3 day delivery points to all parts of the US. We have a state of the art WMS system for lot code tracking, expiration date, and Barcode all pallets in the facility for inventory tracking.