December is a time of shopping and preparations… For the food industry it means several weeks of hard work to provide the highest quality of products to all citizens. How to control the freshness of food their clients will buy?
The pre-Christmas season means hard work for the food industry. All the stores, warehouses, distribution centers and food retailers are giving their best to comply with the requirements of their clients who are looking for fresh products of the highest quality to prepare the Christmas dinner. Nevertheless, the high season doesn’t stop after Christmas - the New Year’s Eve, as well as the Carnival seasons is also linked to parties, festive dinners and lavish meals.
Fish and meat for the Christmas table
Depending on the country, either meat or fish reign on tables in the Christmas season. Accordingly to the Telegraph, Western Europe chooses mostly meat such as turkey, goose, sausages while in the countries located in Eastern Europe, it is more common to prepare fish. Tradition in Poland, Czech Republic or Slovakia dictates to prepare dishes from carp. Data collected by Polish Ministry of Maritime Affairs predicts that around 22,2 tons of carp will be sold in total in Poland until the end of this year and around 95% of this volume will be sold just before Christmas!
The food industry is thus putting a lot of efforts to provide the best quality of fish and meat possible. To do this, it is crucial to monitor the temperature of products. Depending of the type of food, the storage conditions are different and even the slightest temperature excursions can lead to the quality deterioration.
Fresh fish - from -1°C to +2°C;
Fresh meat - from 0°C to +4°C;
Frozen products - below -18°C;
Processed fish and meat products- from 0°C to +8°C;
Wine to accompany meals
Apart from countries such as Italy or France where the wine production and consumption is the biggest in Europe, also in other regions of the continent this type of alcohol is gaining more popularity nowadays. In Poland for instance, wine consumption grew 8 times in the last 5 years! Wine distributors should remember that wine also needs special storage conditions to maintain its taste richness and quality , depending on its type:
Red wine should be stored between 15 - 18°C;
White wine: 10 - 15°C,
Rosé: 9 - 10°C;
Champagne and sparkling wine: 6 - 9°C.
Automatic temperature monitoring
One of the biggest FMCG distribution chains and wholesalers in Poland, Eurocash, has already taken special means to assure the highest quality of their products. The company, handling around 25% of the FMCG market in Poland, is using a complete temperature monitoring solution provided by Polish-French company Blulog.
- Precise and regular temperature monitoring is a necessity to ensure the freshness and quality of food and avoid losses explains Jérémy Laurens, CEO of Blulog. – The system we created is based on credit-card size data loggers installed in warehouses, refrigerated trucks or fridges. They measure the temperature and send the data wirelessly to a gateway which uploads it to the cloud. Temperature can be thus controlled remotely and in real time using a dedicated web application. In case of any anomalies, users receive SMS or email alerts and can quickly react – adds Jérémy Laurens.
Eurocash has already decided to implement Blulog’s temperature and humidity monitoring system in all 200 of their distribution centers and warehouses, all around the Polish territory.