Ensure Edible Goodies Arrive Fresh for Thanksgiving
by Lori Boyer
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and that means tables filled with mouth-watering turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, and scrumptious pies. And for one of my close friends—lobster shipped across the country.
But let's face it, getting those delectable goods to customers presents its own set of challenges. Fear not! If your business is all about filling the tummies of your customers, we've got some piping hot tips to help you deliver that food in tip-top shape.
Why shipping food is a delicate art
Just like you wouldn’t toss a freshly baked pie into a bag without some serious protective measures, isn’t as simple as slapping on a label and calling it a day. Everything from temperature control to plays a pivotal role in ensuring your products arrive as fresh as when they left the kitchen.
Ensuring that perishable goods like a frozen turkey or dairy-based dishes stay cold is crucial. For frozen items, using dry ice is a popular choice, but remember that it's considered a , so you'll need to follow shipping guidelines. Gel packs are a great alternative and work well for refrigerated items. Some companies even offer specialized cold shipping boxes that come with built-in insulation. These can be a bit pricey but are worth the investment for high-ticket items.
If you've spent hours making delectable treats, you want them to arrive intact. Look for corrugated boxes with a high burst rating for durability. For cushioning, biodegradable cornstarch peanuts are an , while bubble wrap or foam inserts offer good protection. Websites like ULINE or PackagingSupplies.com often have sales and bulk discounts, making them great places to find deals on packaging materials.
Speed is of the essence
In the shipping world, time is often your worst enemy when dealing with perishables. Carriers like FedEx and UPS offer overnight and express options that are more costly but can be invaluable for keeping foods fresh. However, don't overlook who may offer similar speed at a more affordable rate. The key is to weigh your options—sometimes paying a bit more for speed saves you money in the long run by reducing spoilage or customer complaints.
Don't overlook the small stuff
Give your customers the ability to track their packages in real time. It’s like waiting for the turkey to roast, but way more interactive.
Custom forms & compliance
Sending goodies across borders? You’ll need to clear customs, so ensure all your forms are in order and in compliance with food shipping regulations.
Before you slap on that shipping label, consider adding a small card or note. A simple “Happy Thanksgiving!” can provide that personal touch that sets your service apart from the rest.
So there you have it! With a bit of extra care and attention to detail, you can make sure your edible offerings arrive fresh and delicious for Thanksgiving. Now, who’s ready for some pie?