The Cold Chain

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WHAT IS a Cold Chain? The cold chain is the deciding factor that determines if your case of lettuce lasts until you use the last leaf, or if that rock-bottom price you got on a warm case of lettuce will come back to haunt you when half the case goes bad in a day. The cold chain describes the process of events that brings the raw product from harvest to the end recipient, including packaging, storage, transportation, shipping, handling, warehousing, distributing and delivery.

"Reefer" refrigerated containers preparing to be shipped across the waters.
“Reefer” refrigerated containers preparing to be shipped across the waters.

An unbroken cold chain gives you milk that lasts until (and past) the expiration date, meat that stays bright and fresh, celery that stays crisp and fruits that are brought in unblemished and firm. Fresh produce and dairy products will last one (1) day less for every one (1) hour that they stay out below their optimal cooling temperature. This means that pack of berries or gallon of milk left out of a closed refrigerator, will be rotten one day earlier for every hour it sits on a warm table. A guarantee of an unbroken cold chain is of high importance when transporting frozen and cooler foods, medicines and vaccines, expensive film and chemicals.
From wikipedia.com:

A cold chain is a temperature-controlled supply chain. An unbroken cold chain is an uninterrupted series of storage and distribution activities which maintain a given temperature range. It is used to help extend and ensure the shelf life of products such as fresh agricultural produce,[1] seafood, frozen food, photographic film, chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs.[2] Such products, during transport and when in transient storage, are called cool cargo.[3] Unlike other goods or merchandise, cold chain goods are perishable and always en route towards end use or destination, even when held temporarily in cold stores and hence commonly referred to as cargo during its entire logistics cycle.

Bahamas Food Services (BFS) ensures an unbroken cold chain from the supplier to our facilities in Nassau to your receiving door or to the mail boat, guaranteeing the freshest possible imported produce and perishables. A commitment to providing businesses in The Bahamas with the best possible quality includes BFS partnering with reputable suppliers who guarantee an unbroken cold chain from farm to your door. A prime example is Fresh Point, North America’s largest fresh produce provider which provides specialty and exotic fruits and vegetables, cheeses, mushrooms, baby and organic veggies as well as peeled & cut vegetables.

BFS believes that due to the constantly increasing costs involved in growing, shipping, loading, storing, transporting, documenting and so on of perishables, the necessity of a strong consistent cold chain is a requirement and not an option in today’s modern foodservice and retail grocery industries.

Avian Flu Causes Huge Increase in Egg Prices

“The price of eggs is rising like a souffle”, says the New York Post, in response to the concerns over recent egg prices that have soared to 50%-90%+ increase on whole eggs (150%+ for liquid eggs) over just a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, the price of whole chicken eggs, liquid eggs and products containing eggs will continue to rise as more birds die and eggs become more scarce. Until new healthy flocks can grow up to replace the egg-bearing birds, there is an ongoing shortage that affects consumers in the US and in countries importing eggs and egg products – including The Bahamas. Local Bahamian egg producers have not been affected to date, but are unlikely to be able to supply the entire country.

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Fall Food Trends 2014

  • Hot & Spicy – from Sriracha to local goat peppers
  • Pumpkin – native presentations such as Pumpkin ‘n’ Rice, pumpkin soups, stuffed pumpkins, pumpkin ravioli…
  • Fries! – traditional, wedges seasoned with everything from sea salt to lemon zest, sweet potatoes and an array of dips
  • Modern Twists on Classics – think gourmet  chicken-in-the-bag, attractively presented Peas Soup, newfangled Deviled Eggs…
  • Small Plates & Sharing – tapas, appetiser platters, sample menus, flights, whatever you call it, be prepared to “small it”

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Egg Trends

The versatility of eggs can be expressed in the number of menu items that utilise this high-protein wonder. As an ingredient, it binds and softens, such as in doughs and meatloaf, and on it’s own it is the star of the breakfast table and the crown on a perfect specialty burger. Hardboiled, fried, scrambled, omelets and on sandwiches, the incredible, edible egg is a gift for the successful kitchen.

The American Egg Board offers information for foodservice professionals, from nutrition to current trends. Read on to gain some insight into making the most of that ubiquitous styrofoam container.

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Important Events in The Bahamas, Fall 2014

Some of the best food will be served in The Bahamas during the last few months of the year.

A listing of notable events happening in The Bahamas in the last quarter of 2014. Traditional, local and modern displays of food and beverage.

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EVENT: Lionfish Derby – Saturday, 16 August 2014

Lionfish Derby
Saturday, 16 August 2014
VENUE: Green Parrot Bar & Grill, East Bay St. (Nassau, Bahamas)
MUSIC: Live Band
DETAILS:

  • Registration is $50 per boat
  • Weigh-in at 4PM
  • Live Demo: Learn to clean and prep lionfish
  • T-shirts on sale
  • Categories: Smallest Lionfish, Biggest Lionfish, Most Lionfish Caught

All proceeds go to Bahamas National Trust.

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Restaurant Marketing & Local Events – August 2014

August is hot and denoted as “slow” here in The Bahamas. However, people still need to eat and while many restaurants and hotels will close for a few weeks for an annual vacation, many others will remain open to service the local market. It is a great time to deep-clean, order and receive new ware and equipment, take a huge physical inventory, write new menus for the fall, plan out your structure through the year-end and arrange any training or administrative changes that need to be done.

In the US (and elsewhere!), restaurants regularly schedule promotions around special recognition days. These days and monikers are chosen by various organisations, carried by social media and used by restaurants to stimulate sales programs and specials.

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AUGUST IS…

  • BACK TO SCHOOL
  • First month of the new Crawfish Season
  • National Sandwich Month
  • National Panini Month
  • Family Meals Month
  • Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month
  • International Children’s Vision & Learning Month
  • Get Ready for Kindergarten Month
  • National Catfish Month
AUGUST EVENTS

Crawfish Season Opens – Friday, 1 August 2014

EMANCIPATION DAY NATIONAL HOLIDAY – Monday, 4 August 2014
* BFS will be closed to the public and will reopen at 7AM on Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Cat Island Regatta – 1-4 August 2014 (Fri.-Mon.)
New Bight, Cat Island, Bahamas

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