Produce Pallet

There’s a lot that must happen behind-the-scenes to successfully bring the freshest produce to a customer. This is a fact that most take for granted. We’ve developed a GMA pallet that takes most variables out of the equation in order to ensure success is met.

From Farm to Table Fresh

Location, shelf life, seasonality, temperature fluctuation, and fungal growth are only a few things that must be considered when delivering produce. It can seem like a daunting task, but our desire is to alleviate some of the burden with our Lightning food grade pallet. A good portion of the challenge comes from simply tracking and monitoring the produce at all times. We can keep track of your produce from the second it’s taken off the farm, all the way to the moment it arrives at its destination. And do it all in real-time.

Load Condition Verification

Roughly $35 billion and 1.2 billion pounds of food are wasted annually. This is largely due to temperature excursions and impact damage. Upon arrival and inspection by the grocer or other vendors, visibly poor conditions of one pallet may result in rejecting an entire load, even if the rest are fine.

Traditionally, a pallet’s contents in the front of the truck could be one temperature, while one in the back could be different, but there was never an easy way of knowing those differences. But each of our pallets are equipped with active monitoring modules to measure temperature, humidity, and impact info individually. You’re able to track if that front pallet met the condition requirements, even if the back one did not. This way, rejection of an entire load isn’t necessary. You can accept on a per pallet basis, without needlessly wasting food.

Temperature and Humidity Control

Certain foods need to be kept at certain temperatures and humidity for optimal storage or transportation. A strawberry, for example, should be kept at 32º to 36ºF with an optimum humidity of 90 to 95 percent. This can prevent decay and shriveling, ensuring longer shelf life. But it has always been hard to ensure the items remain in their safe zone. Our modules measure this info and can report discrepancies to the driver, alerting them to resolve the issue.

Protective Antifungal Coating

Our Exobond® spray coating entirely covers our pallet core with an impenetrable layer. This layer not only eliminates cuts and holes from nails and splinters but helps provide protection against fungal growth. The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act has shifted the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. The incorporation of Microban’s ZPTech® antimicrobial and antifungal technology does just that, helping inhibit mold growth.

Produce-Specific Design

Depending on the type of produce being shipped, certain pallet design needs must be met. For example, the pallet may need to allow more airflow to the goods. Because our pallets are completely customizable, we easily can meet these needs and work with our customers to ensure the desired results.