Chocolate Transportation and Storage
Chocolate transportation and storage solutions
Melt in the mouth, and not before!
The photo above is a sad example of how damp conditions during storage can affect the quality of chocolate. After purchasing this popular brand of chocolate biscuits moments before in a large supermarket chain, the result ended in disappointment for the whole office. However, working in the business of temperature monitoring, it also gave us the perfect opportunity to talk about how temperature and humidity monitoring in transit and storage is integral to product quality.
50% of the world’s chocolate retail sales occur on the European continent and on average valentine’s day accounts for nearly $400m worldwide. Additionally, with chocolates topping the list for most popular gift choice for both men and women, it is imperative that quality is well-maintained throughout its supply-chain.
Our example above shows what can happen when chocolate is stored in damp conditions; the sugar within the chocolate absorbs the moisture and evaporates to leave a dusty layer of crystalised sugar dust that is almost fluffy and can easily be confused with mould. This can almost certainly result in a return, complaint and/or refund that time, but will they buy them again..? Unlikely.
So how can suppliers ensure chocolate is stored in ideal environments? During storage, it’s pretty simple, by monitoring the environment 24/7 to ensure condensation doesn’t occur. There are many systems out there, but not many that can also monitor during transit, like Hanwell IceSpy…
It gets a little trickier during transportation to ensure your produce is kept in the best conditions due to the multi-chain interaction. That said, it is still possible for companies that are serious about product quality to understand how and when the damage occurred during its journey.
There are many temperature solutions available for varying budgets.
|Temperature Indicators||Data Loggers||Wireless transmitters||GPRS transmitters|
|Pros||Indicators such as ShockWatch are not expensive and offer a clear indication of temperature breech on arrival.||Data loggers are low-cost solutions to a continuous date and time stamped temperature fluctuations on arrival.||Ideal for regular routes, wireless RHT data is automatically received, and staff informed on arrival at depots. Data is merged with the main networked system, bridging the transportation data gap and providing a continuous monitoring solution.||GPRS technology, such as iSense is ideal for organisations that require real-time monitoring and alerts of environmental breech during transit for immediate action to be taken. Data can be merged with the main network system, bridging the transportation data gap and providing a continuous monitoring solution.|
|Cons||Retrospective view – damage is already done.|
In circumstances where goods are handled by multiple organisations, this isn’t an ideal solution due to the difficulty in damage trackability.
|Retrospective view – damage is already done.|
In circumstances where goods are handled by a number of handlers in the chain, damage trackability can be difficult.
|Tracking of damage can be identified at the point of delivery for each stage of the journey, but this is only suitable for regular trips where it is possible to install a base station.||This is the most expensive solution at initial purchase stage, but ongoing costs thereafter are minimal.|
Why can’t I just trust my shipment handlers to keep my goods at the correct conditions?
- Where handlers are dealing with many items, goods may have little space to “breathe”
- Utilising the space available on shipments is paramount for efficiency. So how can you be sure the containers your goods are kept in are not above deck in direct contact with solar radiation or below deck near engine tanks?
- During refrigerated transportation temperatures are sometimes recorded. However, during unloading and handovers in warmer weather, how do you know condensation damage hasn’t occurred?
Simple chocolate transportation and storage monitoring measures can ensure your delicious chocolate gift reaches your customers in the best possible condition.
To find out more about our most popular Chocolate transportation and storage solutions, contact us today!
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