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Good Job and Thank You, AFFI.

Good Job and Thank You, AFFI.

The millions of pounds of frozen food that pass through Hanson Logistics each and every day started fresh. It’s the earnest efforts of growers, farmers and hardworking families whose hands are calloused and boots are worn. As the bumper sticker says, ‘don’t talk bad with your mouth full.’ We tip our hats to them, the processors and The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), for their refreshing national effort to encourage consumers to look at frozen foods as “How Fresh Stays Fresh”. Many of the best-known frozen food brands have collaborated on this first-of-a kind dialogue to remind consumers that freezing simply pauses just-picked, just-baked and just-crafted foods, locking in their freshness, flavor and nutrients. Look for “Frozen. How Fresh Stays Fresh” over the next three years on TV, on-line and in-store. It’s a project in which everyone wins.

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With Infor Technology, Your Data Is Safer at Hanson Logistics.

With Infor Technology, Your Data Is Safer at Hanson Logistics.

With the recent design and build of Secant Technologies’ Tier3 Data Center Facility, Hanson Logistics’ warehouse management system, Infor SCE 10, has a new home.

This state-of-the-art facility in Oshtemo, Michigan is backed by 15 years of data center design/build experience. Equidistant from Chicago and Detroit, Tier3 is conveniently located and also provides a North-South geo-redundant disaster recovery site for Grand Rapids, South Bend an Indianapolis-based companies.

Tier3 was carefully built to withstand high winds in addition to security threats. Its fiber-rich, carrier-neutral environment offers high-performance connectivity options. Secant adheres to the highest standards and best practices, complying with HIPAA and SSAE 16 SOC I. Tier3 is an environmentally responsible facility, as seen in the power delivery efficiencies and efficient cooling design.

Housing Infor SCE 10 at Secant allows for even greater visibility into the supply chain process, with additional benefits of guaranteed security and performance. Customers can easily trace order statuses, and are ensured that transparency, efficiency and food safety are priorities.

Hanson’s Infor Supply Chain Execution solution integrates warehouse and ordering processes for a more complete, unified approach to managing complex inventory. Using Infor ION, a new generation of business middleware, Hanson is able to put better information into the hands of users…faster.

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Hydrocooling: Keeping It Fresh

Hydrocooling: Keeping It Fresh

One of the biggest concerns facing food manufacturers and distributors is keeping their inventory safe across each stage of the supply chain. One technology found in warehouses close to growers is that of precooling foods. Hydrocooling is one of the quickest precooling methods available. Items such as fruits, vegetables, and other bulk foods can be cooled quickly by bringing them in contact with cold, moving water.

Whereas some cooling methods may actually remove water from produce and other fresh items, hydrocooling does not. This removes field heat from fruits and vegetables that have been freshly harvested by immersing them in cold water.

To mitigate the spread of infection from a batch of just harvested foods, this cooling contains recirculated, slightly chlorinated water. In some cases, sodium hypochlorite may be added to destroy the rot spores on skins of produce. These elements help improve storage life and market quality.

In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, this method is also used for frozen food processing. By lowering the product’s temperature to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit, hydrocooling can ultimately reduce the cost to freeze food and while preserving frozen products.

For additional questions about hydrocooling, please contact Hanson Logistics.