Global Reefer Demand Heading Higher

New technologies and container designs are supporting growth.


On the technology side, the company’s Intellipur monitors and controls the atmospheric elements in real time and tracks the location of the container via GPS/satellite tracking. Intellipur has two-way communication with the controller, which allows it to change set points during the entire transit, even on the water.

San Francisco-based Global Fresh Foods’ controlled atmosphere technology is making it possible to ship fresh protein, like salmon, via ocean on long distance routes such as Chile to California.

In May, the company announced that it had successfully ocean freighted 40,000 pounds of fresh salmon from Chile to the Port of Long Beach without using polystyrene or ice, marking the first time that a full 40-foot container of non-frozen salmon was shipped to the U.S. via ocean freight.

“The industry now has a viable alternative to expensive and environmentally harmful airfreight for transporting fresh seafood,” said Mark Barnekow, CEO of Global Fresh Foods. “With our technology, seafood distributors can now assure their retail customers will have an uninterrupted supply of fresh seafood, with far less impact on the environment.”

The following month, Global Fresh Foods shipped fresh Chilean salmon via a 33-day ocean transit to Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world.

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