High Volume Food Storage Trying to find options for food storage containers that will fit your budget? There are various types of shipping containers that can solve your problems and no this article is not about consumer food storage containers found at big box stores. Shipping containers are available in bulk all over the world. The recent economic turn-down worldwide happened at the same time that the container manufacturing industry was growing due to increased orders placed by large global shipping conglomerates. Now shipping containers are being repurposed and modified for daily uses from housing, disaster relief, office space, retail space to all kinds of storage solutions.
Dry Goods Storage
If you are a business that requires storage of food items, like a restaurant, grocery distribution or other perishable goods, you have multiple storage needs. There are different food storage containers depending on the necessity of food storage temperatures and safety regulations. The first of the containers available are standard or basic Dry ISO shipping containers. These are simple 20 and 40' boxes constructed of corten steel with wood plank flooring. Corten steel resists rust. These containers are subject to the temperature environment in which they are placed. They are also subject to increased heating in direct sunlight because they are not insulated. These could be used for can goods or bulk goods that do not require temperature consistency and can be placed in the temperature fluctuations that would occur in this container.
The thermal or insulated container as it sounds is insulated to produce a shielded interior compartment against outside temperature fluctuations. This is a great food storage container for dry goods, bulk grains and general non-refrigeration required food goods. The internal temperature will fluctuate over long periods to the external temperatures, yet for dry goods and bulk can goods and grains it is the best option. Ensure that the moisture in the container is dealt with, especially if storing large amounts of grains. Even though they are dry, they still contain moisture that can be released, and condensed into vapor.
Reefer or Refrigerated Containers
The reefer or refrigerated container is the absolute best option if you only require one solution. It is insulated and equipped with a refrigeration unit in order to maintain temperature consistency. Depending on the refrigeration unit used, these food storage containers can be used between -25 to 23째C, where the unit, if needed in colder climates can actually provide heat as well as cooling effects. With such flexibility as 10, 20, or 40' containers with a wide temperature range, modular expansion and amazing portability these containers are the single best option. They can be used in or outdoors and can be put almost anywhere including being stacked for space saving measures. They are provided with power cables but can also come equipped with generators for special use situations.