What is a ‘cold chain’?

The food cold chain is the process in which perishable produce is temperature-controlled in the supply chain. It represents the logistics and equipment that is used to maintain a low temperature, from harvest and processing to market.

Heuch Fresh | Post Harvest | pre Cooling | Processing | Food Produce
Heuch Fresh | Post Harvest | pre Cooling | Processing | Food Produce

Each step in the chain (post-harvest, processing, storage & packing) must maintain a constant temperature for a product that is not ‘heat stable’ from the time it is harvested. It is considered a science as it requires a precise understanding of the chemical and biological processes linked with product perishability. An efficient solution ensures that fresh products are safe and of a high quality at the point of consumption whilst extending the shelf life and reducing waste.

‘More than 50% of food categories wasted can be extended
by the cold chain’
Australian Food Cold-Chain Council