Cold storage services for temperature-sensitive goods
Cold storage is a necessary consideration in many industries, but particularly in food service. Many foods require refrigeration in order to remain fresh and safe for consumption. Choosing the appropriate cold storage option can save both time and money for your business, but there are several things to consider before you make your decision.
Refrigeration and Cold Storage
"Refrigeration" and "cold storage" simply refer to the practice of maintaining items at a temperature lower than typical room temperature. Because temperature is the main consideration, it is important to choose an option that allows for constant and precise temperature maintenance. Many of the current refrigeration and cold storage products provide for either manual or electronic operation of thermostats. Look for a unit with the thermostat on the outside so that you can monitor and adjust temperatures more easily.
Cold Storage Units
Cold storage units are essentially commercial freezers and fridges. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Some are upright and may be upwards of 10 feet tall, while others are trunk-shaped, long and narrow. The type of cold storage unit you purchase will depend on your space and your storage capacity needs.
Some cold storage units come equipped with shelves and other organizational implements that make storing and categorizing items much simpler. Others allow you to set temperatures differently for individual compartments, which can be beneficial for businesses that store a wide variety of goods. Look for these and other handy features to ensure you get the most efficient storage possible. However, be wary of paying more for additional features you don't need.
Cold Storage Buildings
If you need to use commercial cold storage units off-site, there are spaces available for rent in cold storage buildings. Much like with regular storage rentals, you will be assigned a unit number and pay monthly rent based on the size of that unit.
Many of these facilities allow you to either manually or electronically control the temperature of the unit, sometimes even remotely.
Cold storage buildings are typically as large as warehouses and can have several floors. They can be purchased for a single business, such as a restaurant, or parceled out in units for rent or purchase.
Whatever your cold storage needs, make sure you know the optimum temperature for the items you wish to store, as well as any other considerations. For example, some items will need to be wrapped in plastic or other materials to protect them from degradation, while others can be exposed to the cold without risk of damage. Remember, the point of cold storage is to keep your food and other temperature-sensitive goods at their prime, so make sure to follow any guidelines and recommendations set out for doing so.
Written by Steve Thompson