Temperature controlled storage

Accurate temperature controlled storage is extremely important within the frozen food supply chain to ensure that the chain is never interrupted, which can pose a number of health and safety risks to consumers.

According to the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF): ‘Starting with quality raw materials, modern freezing techniques and an unbroken chain of low temperature controlled storage and distribution can preserve the original fresh food characteristics for long periods of time in a way that no other process can.’

The quality of frozen food products depends heavily on their temperature throughout the cold supply chain and freezing of food at -18˚C or below is the average temperature for quick-frozen foods (those which have undergone a quick-freezing process) and will prevent harmful bacteria multiplying.

If food becomes damaged or dehydrated at any stage of the cold chain due to fluctuating temperatures it must be isolated and removed immediately. Therefore, by ensuring that manufacturers and logistics service providers have accurate temperature control, they can significantly minimise waste. In addition, consistent temperature control means that food can be stored for longer – helping producers by evening out fluctuations in production.


The Food Safety Act (1990) and The General Food Law Regulation (EC) 178/2002 are the main food laws which apply to food imports and exports, safety, traceability, labelling and product withdrawals and recalls.

The Food Standards Agency and the BFFF have produced guidance on these areas of legislation to ensure that companies that provide temperature controlled storage are working safely and achieving an efficient and effective supply chain.

Primary cold stores, such as those run by Partner Logistics, must adhere to a number of specific guidelines. These include:

  • Making sure that during the unloading of a vehicle at the warehouse, products are not exposed to direct sunlight, wind or rain
  • Stacking pallets to allow for free air circulation
  • Making sure that all frozen products are at the correct temperatures upon arrival at the site
  • Ensuring that products are not exposed to outside temperature conditions during loading of vehicles
  •  Putting controls in place to check air and product temperatures
  • Keeping records of air temperature for one year or longer for inspection


Partner Logistics

With Partner Logistics overseeing more than five million pallet movements each year, it is imperative that they enforce effective monitoring and maintaining of low temperature environments in which to store a variety of frozen food products.

In order to achieve temperature accuracy, all of their six sites are fitted with a rigorous set of systems to ensure quality control and procedures are implemented which ensure core temperatures stay within strict guidelines – typically operating at -20°C for quick-frozen foods and -26˚C degrees for ice cream.

Partner Logistics also works closely with hauliers to ensure that temperature data during transportation to the warehouse is always made available to check that product quality has been maintained.

Following transportation, inside the warehouses, all loading and unloading areas are fully enclosed in order to maintain a consistent temperature and ensure that products are always kept in optimum condition. This environment is maintained throughout the expanse of the warehouse as the product makes its way via an automated system to its final storage location.

For further information on our temperature controlled storage or to discuss your business requirements please contact us.