We’re able to box typically-sized protein cuts of pork, beef, poultry, and other traditional proteins that come to us in combos weighing 1000-2000lbs. Generally the combo packaging itself won’t support higher weights without becoming damaged during transportation, and should a combo arrive damaged then we must reject it. Should you have outsized or overweight requests then simply contact us and we will find a solution.
Yes, Americold Farmers’ services allow you to ship in combo quantities for convenience, and then we can box to weights you specify, freeze, and prepare for export in a rail car that can accommodate up to 194,000lbs or about the volume for 3.5 ocean containers.
SQF maintains a web page that provides a tremendous amount of information regarding the food safety programs, training opportunities, and detailed requirements: www.sqfi.com. The actual Code for Storage and Distribution can be found under their “Resource Center” and it’s free to download. You can also find additional information about FDA and the recent Food Safety Modernization Act on the same site.
Americold’s Director of Food Safety is an active member of SQF’s Technical Advisory Council and could likely answer any further questions you might have. Contact us for additional information.
Food Safety and product integrity is a critical component in how we support our customers. Americold complies with regulations from FDA, USDA, as well as state and local requirements. Each of our sites must be in compliance with the requirements contained within the Food Safety Modernization Act. To provide oversight within the company, Americold employs a Corporate Director, Food Safety who provides training and enforces compliance across Americold’s network. Many of our sites are SQF certified or regularly audited by a third party to ensure compliance. Find more information on our Food Safety page.
Americold offers a full range of ancillary/value-added services for its customers – the following are just a few examples: manifesting/take weights, slatting & de-slatting, manual order entry, USDA Services, case and each picking, aisle-ready pallet preparation, date stamping, light processing, blast freezing, and tempering. Discover more by clicking here . We can develop new processes and services to compliment your products as well – you have only to ask.