Industry Trends. Frozen Food and Waste Reduction.
Frozen Food Trends
Over the last few years, the frozen and refrigerated food industry has seen massive increases in consumers purchasing frozen food online and in-store. Throughout the pandemic and the ever-growing popularity of time-sensitive meal prep and healthier food options, we have also seen not only an increase of products in our temperature-controlled warehouses but also a growing amount of e-commerce partners.
An article posted by Deloitte Insights, called Fresh vs. Frozen: The future of fresh in a changing competitive landscape, states, “Frozen food sales were up 21% in 2020; basically double the growth of fresh food sales in that same period. Within frozen, the closest equivalents to fresh food (namely, a combined group of frozen meat, poultry, seafood, fruit, and vegetables) grew even faster, and so far in 2021, frozen growth continues to outpace fresh,” Deloitte.
The demand for an expert level and reliable end-to-end supply chain partner is at an all-time high to ensure the safe storage and transportation of sensitive products such as fresh meats, frozen organic meals, ice cream, and more. We take pride that our partners expect and receive safe handling up to the final delivery of their products.
“Our E-commerce partners are not immune to supply chain challenges such as port congestion. With many e-commerce brands, their differentiator is quality products sourced from international producers, thus making them susceptible to global shipping trends. Burris Logistics helps our E-commerce partners serve their customers by avoiding potential issues with advanced procurement, proper food storage, and rapid distribution capability via parcel shipping,” Michael Pitcher, Senior Account Executive, Burris Logistics.
Frozen Foods Waste Reduction
Our e-commerce partners and frozen food partners ship various organic and high-quality products through parcel transportation. Our logistics technology allows them to have complete visibility and control over their supply chain experience. In addition, our Burris Supply Chain Portal (BSCP) expands our capabilities even more for our partners and increases real-time access and tracking for our partners that utilize this unique feature.
Why has there been an increase in frozen food over the last couple of years? Freezing foods keep food at its peak of freshness, decreases unused recipes’ waste, and helps save less attractive produce products. So, our e-commerce friends and frozen food friends have increased the nutritional value of their products, created more variety to meet consumer demand, and more.
Affi recently came out with an article called New Study Pinpoints Frozen Food Gain to Three P’s, and states, “40% of food goes to waste every year in America. Frozen food generates 47% less food waste than non-frozen food,” AFFI.
In return, these trends and parcel shipping reduces the amount of waste seen with typical refrigerated food products by increasing the longevity of frozen food, decreasing perishability, shipping right to the home of consumers, and fewer trips are made.
“Nothing matches the lifespan of frozen foods, and with that longevity comes the subsequent benefit of reduced food waste,” said AFFI President and CEO Alison Bodor.
As a company, we are proud to reduce food waste and assist our partners in reaching a maximum number of consumers with reliable service and delivery solutions for the east and west coasts. A large part of this is due to our geographic footprint, which our transportation methods offer better economical solutions for them as well.
About Burris Logistics
Established in 1925, Burris Logistics operates an expanding network of temperature-controlled warehousing and distribution centers from Maine to Florida and as far west as Oklahoma. This fifth-generation, family-owned enterprise provides leading-edge logistics, transportation, and supply chain solutions, coast to coast, through four distinct Business Units: Burris Custom Distribution, Burris PRW Plus (Public Refrigerated Warehousing and Direct to Consumer Fulfilment), Honor Foods (a redistributor of frozen, refrigerated and dry foodservice products), and Trinity Logistics (a global freight solutions provider). For more information about our trend-setting logistics and deep-rooted values® please visit www.burrislogistics.com.