From Farm to Factory to Your Plate: The Role of Food Grade Logistics Companies

by Michael Kotendzhi | Food & Drink
From Farm to Factory to Your Plate The Role of Logistics

Did you know that the food and beverage processing industry accounts for seventeen percent of total manufacturing shipments and two percent of the national gross domestic product?

As you can see, this industry plays a major role in our lives. And food storage and transportation should not be taken lightly. The quality of our fruits, grains, vegetables, and beverages influences our health and wellbeing, after all.

Luckily, food grade logistics companies exist for this exact reason. Continue reading to learn more about the valuable services these industries provide, as well as how your food ends up from the farm to your fridge at home.

What is a food grade logistics company

A food grade logistics company is responsible for transporting and storing food and alcohol for various retailers and businesses. You can’t have just anyone interfering with this kind of supply. Everything that passes through the logistics company is carefully examined, sent to warehouse storage, and is wrapped up for transportation.

Working with professionals in this field also helps to cut back on spoilt foods and reduces the chance of potentially dangerous outbreaks of bacteria. These companies also regulate batch control and temperature when storing these items, so they arrive fresh and ready to be stocked.

Industries that utilize food grade logistics

Several industries can thank the logistics industry for the work they do.

First of all, think about how you buy your food for just a second. Do you order online? Make a weekly trip to the grocery store in your free time? How often do you pour yourself a glass of wine at dinner? We often don’t think about how far our food has traveled, but the grocery industry is all but too familiar with the process. The grocery industry works closely with the logistics company to deliver fresh tasting food to the consumer. Every time.

The liquor and alcohol industry also has close ties to the shipping and warehousing industry since they must trust the right company to ship and store their fragile products. Certain inspections and licenses must be fulfilled in order to meet these high standards. And the right food grade logistics company can check off all these boxes.

Some final thoughts on food logistics and warehousing

The food we eat comes a long way from the farm to our fridges. However, we often don’t think about how our food manages to travel hundreds of miles to get to us and into our bellies. Luckily, we have food grade logistics companies that do the storing and transportation— safely and smartly.

If you’re in need of such a service and are in need of a food logistics company, contact us for more information regarding safe warehousing for food storing, and other food and beverage logistics.

Michael Kotendzhi is President of Operations & Transportation and a partner at 18 Wheels. Michael has over 15 years of experience and is equipped with a degree in Logistics from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. As well as a background in logistics from XPO Logistics (formally Kelron Logistics), North America's largest contract warehousing provider.

Michael's experience includes supply chain management, reverse logistics, & domestic transportation. He has developed 18 Wheels' trucking solutions, effectively utilizing the sister company's vehicle fleet and building a transportation supply-chain network across North America.