Produce Shipping Experts: From Apples To Onions

At least 70% of the produce we eat each year either passes through or depends entirely upon the cold chain for its journey from farm to fork. Unfortunately, too much is lost to waste and spoilage along the way.

Cold Connect assures you complete cold chain integrity; private rail safety and efficiency; and LTL flexibility, reducing bruising, spoilage, and deterioration:

Fragile foods stay fresher.

Long-haul trucks load and unload goods outside, where high heat, humidity or other weather extremes can rapidly deteriorate produce. Cold Connect trains roll right into temperature-controlled refrigerated docks for loading and unloading.

Food shipments are safer and more efficient.

Cold Connect offers distinct, computer-controlled temperature zones on our rail cars and in our facilities: so you can ship and store multiple commodities simultaneously. Our rail cars roll nonstop coast to coast – delivering fresh product much faster and damage free.

LTL and 3PL logistics are simpler.

Instead of booking two different long-haul trucks to ship a half-truckload of CA oranges and a half-truckload of Washington apples, then finding a third party logistics provider to store, repackage and deliver it all, Cold Connect streamlines the process in one step. Use our 24/7 virtual inventory system to custom-build partial truckloads from different U.S. regions. Then leverage our facilities and short-haul trucking solutions for storage and just in time delivery.

Less Bruising (equals) Less Waste. It is estimated that 1/3 of all fresh fruits and vegetables produced globally are lost before reaching consumers. Our cold chain and private rail transport safeguard fragile goods, reducing waste.
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Top Shelf Beverage Shipping

Ensuring that the full aroma and flavor of a fine wine, craft beer or premier spirit remains intact from creation to consumer’s glass is critical to winemakers, distillers and brew masters. Their reputation rides on every sip.

But fresh craft beers that sit on slow, non-refrigerated public train transport can age prematurely, even with commonly used insulated blankets. Fine wine loaded and unloaded onto trucks outdoors can become oxidized in summer heat and build sediment and tartrate during winter. What consumers end up tasting is not what the makers intended.

Cold Connect’s end-to-end cold chain; private rail efficiency; and greater LTL flexibility maintains the full integrity of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages alike:

Better protection.

Even a brief fluctuation in temperature (during outdoor loading or unloading) can cause deterioration. Cold Connect trains roll right inside temperature-controlled docks for loading and unloading.

Greater efficiency.

Our private, temperature-controlled rail cars roll nonstop coast to coast – reducing jarring from humping cars and delivering fresh product like craft beer, juices or milk much faster.

Closer proximity.

The Cold Connect beverage program service zones are strategically positioned near every vineyard, brewery, bottling facility and warehouse in California, Oregon, and Washington.

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Frozen Foods Shipped Faster

When higher sales or depleted inventories require faster turnaround, Cold Connect shipping services offer you unbeatable advantages over long-haul trucking. Discover unmatched cold chain integrity; flexible LTL capacity; expedited coast-to-coast shipping; and more reliability – all at less cost.

Colder loading and unloading.

Even a brief fluctuation in temperature can cause deterioration. Cold Connect trains never break the cold chain.

Expedited transit and GPS temperature monitoring.

Our private rail rolls coast to coast non-stop. Interiors are GPS-monitored throughout the trip, to ensure absolute temperature integrity.

Flexible LTL.

No need to fill an entire rail car: ship just a couple of truckloads with one easy call or quick click into our online system.

Greater reliability and affordability.

Long-haul trucking availability and costs fluctuate wildly by season. Cold Connect assures you consistent availability at better rates – even during peak holidays and seasons.

Our team built their careers in high-end perishables goods and frozen foods. We understand the challenges and complexity of this business.

Frozen Shipping Specialists: French Fries, Seafood, Fruits & Vegetables, Juice Concentrates, Specialty Items

Ship Dairy Quickly and Safely

Cold Connect shipping services expedite your dairy products from coast to coast, while assuring absolute cold chain integrity and direct web-based GPS/RF tracking transparency. All at lower cost than long-haul trucking.

Colder loading and unloading.

Even a brief fluctuation in temperature can cause deterioration. Cold Connect trains never break the cold chain.

Greater efficiency.

Our private, temperature-controlled rail cars roll nonstop coast to coast – reducing jarring from humping cars and delivering fresh product like butter, cheese, and milk much faster.

Temperature validation.

Our private rail cars are sealed and roll coast to coast nonstop. All interior temperatures are monitored via satellite GPS temperature, along with physical backup devices and temp tales to ensure absolute temperature integrity at all times.

24/7 tracking and transparency.

Cold Connect leverages both RF and GPS technology to guarantee you direct visibility from origin to final destination, vs. tracking via second-hand EDI or email alerts.

Greater LTL flexibility and value.

Ship as little as a truckload or as much as you need. Unlike the wild swings in availability and pricing of long-haul trucking, Cold Connect assures you consistent availability at lower rates – even during peak holidays and seasons.

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