Cannon Logistics is a specialist refrigerated transport company serving many retail supermarkets, produce growers, foodservice distributors and large and small manufacturers.
As general road freight, refrigerated transport and cold and dry storage specialists, the company has decided to share some interesting facts regarding the refrigerated logistics industry.
Australia is one of the major contributors of essential services in the field of transportation and logistics. More than one million people are employed throughout the country in all areas of transportation and logistics, and Queensland, as the second-largest and third-most-populous state in Australia, plays a big role.
One of the first types of refrigerated containers came from Western Australia
Before electricity became available in the country, farmers tended to use a Coolgardie safe. This low-tech food container prolongs the life of meat, fruits, vegetables and other food products through the process of heat transfer during the evaporation of water.
The Coolgardie safe was invented in a small mining town of Coolgardie in Western Australia.
Camels were first used as the carrier of goods in Queensland
In the early 1900s, camels were the most convenient animal for transporting goods across long distances, as they had a higher tolerance to heat than horses and could travel for long distances without water.
Camels once dominated transportation in more than half of Australia and helped transport goods to remote areas all over the country.
A$5.2 billion worth of food a year is being thrown away in Australia
According to Australian Cold Chain Guidelines 2017, A$5.2 billion, including more than A$1.1 billion worth of fruit and vegetables and A$872.5 million worth of fresh meat and fish, are being thrown away every year.
One contributing factor for the food waste is poor cold chain management. That’s why Cannon Logistics continues to work on their cold chain management to make sure they run efficiently and effectively.
However, some challenges in this industry include the changing government regulations, updating to emerging technology, driver shortage and retention, ageing workforce, economic issues and increasing fuel costs.
With a population of nearly 5,000,000 people, food is in high demand as a resource, making food and services one of the biggest industries in Australia. Through refrigerated transportation logistics, Queensland is able to supply meats, fruits, beverages and any perishable goods in local supermarkets and restaurants around the state and the rest of the country.