Copeland's Michelle Rodriguez Discusses Shipping Proteins Versus Produce in the Perishable Cold Chain

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Mon. March 4th, 2024 - by Melissa De Leon Chavez

KENNESAW, GA - Proteins vs. Produce. This is the topic of conversation as Copeland explores ways for retailers to further optimize their cold chain processes and operations. The company recently shared some insight into the key differences between shipping these two categories.

Michelle Rodriguez, Director – Cold Chain Monitoring Solutions, Copeland

“Keeping food fresh and safe to eat are the primary functions of the perishable cold chain,” Michelle Rodriguez, Director – Cold Chain Monitoring Solutions at Copeland, wrote in a recent press release. “Whether you’re shipping prime rib, blueberries, or eggs, all stakeholders must follow proper processing, handling, and cold chain requirements for each product type. This starts by understanding the differences between two main food categories: proteins and produce."

Both proteins and produce are at risk of degradation from the moment they are processed or harvested in the field. As Copeland emphasizes, regardless of product type, practicing proper temperature management is the foundation of preserving freshness, quality, and safety. Failing to adhere to proper temperatures can lead to a variety of issues impacting food quality and safety, including accelerated product ripening and spoilage, shorter shelf-life, visual impacts, and the potential formation of foodborne pathogens.

Copeland recently shared some insight into the key differences between shipping proteins and produce

“For producers, carriers, and retailers, any of these issues can impact their financial profitability and brand reputations,” Rodriguez wrote. “Although there are many similarities between shipping proteins and produce, stakeholders should be aware of the specific challenges, strategies, and best practices for maximizing the perishable safety and quality of each food group.”

Some of the key differences pointed out in the release include shipping methods and temperature abuse. To read more about the similarities and differences between shipping proteins and produce, click here.

As the company explained in the release, Copeland trackers are ideal for retailers seeking to validate perishable temperatures in real-time and gain insights into product quality before its arrival. Both loggers and trackers provide historic, objective third-party records of trailer temperatures throughout the cold chain journey.

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