When it comes to produce, there is good news and bad news:
The Good News:
- Healthy Eating – Americans are eating more fruits and vegetables than ever before
- Demand is Up – As Americans adopt healthier diets, the demand for produce will continue to rise
The Bad News:
- Remote Locations – Farms are often located in remote areas and trucking companies are typically based where the freight is – airports, ports, border crossings and population centers – that means not every carrier is eager to deal with these out-of-the-way loads.
- Seasonality – Produce shipping is seasonal, so trucking companies can’t count on regular loads like they can from distributors, retailers, and manufacturers.
- Risk of Cross-Contamination – Since carriers often move other products during the non-harvest season, it is imperative the carrier conduct proper sensitization between loads
- Perishable Product – Produce is a perishable product, so cleanliness and prompt delivery are imperatives.
Why Hire RQL?
We Are Your Cold Chain Experts
Federal produce transportation and food safety regulations are ever-evolving and the risks for non-compliance are too high to ignore. Shipping a contaminated load can ruin your company’s reputation, endanger the public and cost you customers – not to mention draw unwanted attention from regulatory agencies.
Potentially, you could get on Uncle Sam’s naughty list. The new FSMA gives the federal gov even greater power to regulate and punish companies that fail to comply to the new law governing poultry transportation and meat transportation.
At RQL, cold chain is our business. Our culture, our processes, our carriers, and our people are focused on food safety each and every day… each and every load. We understand cold chain best practices, food safety and the FSMA.
Don’t expose yourself to unnecessary risk with a freight broker that doesn’t specialize in cold chain.
Higher Standards – Consumers and the FDA
- Consumers tastes – Consumers are demanding higher-quality produce than ever before. The demand for and insistence on “Organic, Attractive, and Fresh” produce is growing day by day. This “foodie culture” means consumer expectations have been raised and are subject to radical changes.
- The FSMA – The Feds have also raised the bar in terms of food safety. In addition to the structural issues, the produce industry must now meet higher standards than ever before, as outlined in the Food Safety Modernization Act.
RQL’s Approach to Food Safety and FSMA Compliance
Each and every Client is assigned a dedicated Account Manager and a backup Account Manager to ensure a consistent experience.
Why Choose Us
- We are 100% FMSA Complaint.
- Our Staff is entirely FSMA-Trained in the transportation of produce.
- We are Cold Chain Produce transportation experts.
- Our staff is Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) trained.
RQL has worked with our company for several years. We continue to utilize their services because their staff is friendly and accommodating. They ensure on time service when picking up and delivering our loads. RQL is extremely dependable, offer regular updates, and they are committed to customer service.
RQL offers proficient assistance when handling my loads. I can always count on their carriers to have reliable and prompt delivery times. When calling for an update, they give accurate dispatch information and are prone to helping fulfil my needs. RQL is a pleasure to work with.
I have been working with RQL for approximately 4 years. There are several reasons that I continue working with this company, specifically Jake. Jake’s prices are extremely competitive and he is willing to keep prices current through the season’s changes. RQL stays in constant communication, gives daily updates, and offers additional information when asked. Jake, along with his coworkers, work to understand my needs and fill them in a very professional and timely fashion.