If your business transports produce or other food products as part of your freight shipping, then you probably already know about the growing popularity of clean label foods.
The goal of clean label guidelines is to keep food products as natural as possible from the point of production to the point of consumption. Exact definitions of what constitutes a clean label can vary, but in general, products cannot contain any artificial ingredients or synthetic chemicals.
Clean label guidelines don’t just apply to the ingredients in the product. They can also depend on how the product is manufactured and transported. Here are some of the ways these guidelines could affect your business’s shipping:
The need for speed
By removing typical preservatives that help to keep food fresh, clean label products have a much shorter shelf-life. This means your freight shipping will have to be faster than ever to deliver these products while they are still crisp.
Organic products are on the rise
While clean label products still may not be the standard in the industry, the demand for organic and natural products is on the rise. Consumers are increasingly on the hunt for natural and organic products. As more companies begin to comply with clean label standards, the need for fast and efficient freight shipping options – along with greater access to refrigerated trucks and warehouses – will continue to increase.
Higher demand could mean higher shipping rates
Capacity shortages for refrigerated freight shipping could mean higher rates for your business shipping – especially when the industry is already strained from the new ELD mandate, which tightened restrictions around the number of hours per week that a truck driver can be on the road. Luckily, Unishippers can help. We leverage our combined shipping volume to ensure competitive rates for Unishippers customers. Plus, we’re able to offer more options than the competition due to our long-term relationships with the top freight carriers in the industry.
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