40-foot container of salmon shipped by sea

June 3, 2013
Global Fresh Foods has successfully ocean-freighted 40,000 pounds of fresh salmon from Lirquen, Bio-Bio, Chile to the Port of Long Beach CA without the use of polystyrene or ice.

Global Fresh Foods has successfully ocean-freighted 40,000 pounds of fresh salmon from Lirquen, Bio-Bio, Chile to the Port of Long Beach CA without the use of polystyrene or ice.

Instead, GFF employed its patented, controlled-atmosphere fuel cell-based technology to keep fish fresh for the entire length of its journey. The Port of Long Beach is the second busiest container port in the United States.

The event marks the first time that a full 40-foot container of non-frozen salmon has been shipped to the US via ocean freight. GFF worked closely with US distributor Lusamerica Fish to bring the salmon to California.

“The industry now has a viable alternative to expensive and environmentally harmful air freight for transporting fresh seafood,” said Mark Barnekow, chief executive officer of GFF. “With our technology, seafood distributors can now assure their retail customers they will have an uninterrupted supply of fresh seafood, with far less impact on the environment.”

Fernando Frederico, CEO of Lusamerica Fish, said, “We have a very close partnership with Global Fresh Foods and we will continue to work together to advance this technology, reduce our impact on the environment, and eliminate the need for polystyrene in the seafood supply chain.”

Besides extending the shelf life of fresh salmon, the GFF technology offers the added advantage of inventorying capabilities for its partners. Shipments can be stored upon arrival, allowing suppliers and distributors the capability to improve forecasting and deliver steady and consistent supply on a just-in-time basis to meet customer demand.

Based in San Francisco CA with operations in Talcahuano, Chile, GFF provides naturally extended shelf-life technology for the fresh proteins supply chains worldwide. The company’s SAF-D technology system uses its patented oxygen management techniques to create and maintain an all-natural controlled-atmosphere environment that extends the shelf life of perishable proteins. This technology allows suppliers of fresh protein products to ship by ocean rather than airfreight and still deliver a fresh product to customers.

For more information, visit www.globalfreshfoods.com.

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