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Pros and cons of doing a transport trial

Pros and cons of doing a transport trial

By Dr Mahsa Majzoobi

Transports trials are a must for many food products and can direct manufacturers for choosing the best and most cost-effective packaging type. In particular products sensitive to transport stresses and temperature fluctuations require transport trails before being launched to the marketplace. Transport trials provide valuable product quality information after leaving your factory and before reaching the consumers and can cut unnecessary costs considerably. It’s not uncommon for major buying groups to ask about your transport trial results if you’re going to supply them nationally.

Producing high quality food products at your production site does not necessarily mean that your consumers will receive your products with the same quality. Transportation can expose food products to a wide range of stresses including impact, shaking, and temperature, that may result in reducing product quality, shelf life and hence cause consumer dissatisfaction.

Most delicate foods are prone to substantial deteriorations during transportation and running transport trials helps food manufactures to choose the right transport system, the most protective and cost-effective packaging option and ensure high quality products are delivered to consumers at the point of sale. A wide number of fresh produce are climate sensitive and require proper temperature control during transportation, therefore transport trials provide relevant information to ensure food safety and quality of these product are not compromised. You may also consider the following pros and cons of a transport trial.

Pros:

  • Ensure high quality products are delivered to the consumers at the point of sale
  • Determine the actual impact of transport on food quality and shelf life
  • Help find the most suitable and costeffective packaing choice/type
  • Finding the right transport system
  • Comply with food safety rules and regulations, e.g. temperature fluctuation during transport can alter product shelf life

Cons:

  • Conducting reliable transport trials can be time consuming and costly
  • Transport trial findings would vary with change of transport conditions
  • Transport trial results does not include batch to batch production variations