Reefer (or refrigerated) containers are used to ship chilled or frozen products across the world without harming the sensitive contents. These are extremely durable as they are built to withstand harsh environments at sea and handling and stacking in container terminals.
An operating reefer can control temperatures from -10°F (-22°C) to 80°F (26°C). Food products such as fruits & vegetables, meat, fish, cheese, and wine are typically transported in reefer containers. Lately also, medicine, flowers, and other very temperature sensitive products are starting to be transported in reefers as temperature control technology keeps improving.
Apart from shipping, reefer containers have many innovative uses on land. Many retailers or warehouses use 2nd-hand reefer containers as cold-storage facilities instead of building cold-storage from scratch.
Often restaurants will have a reefer container on the premises for storage capacity, which is normally difficult and expensive to have inside restaurant facilities.
The same is the case for supermarkets, where reefer containers are perfect also for additional storage space. This is especially relevant during peak seasons such as Christmas & New Years and during summer periods, where many products needs to be kept chilled.
Restaurants: Use reefers for storing chilled wine or frozen food
Supermarkets: Use reefer containers to store frozen and chilled goods in a cheap and flexible way
Warehouses: Use reefer containers as a flexible additional space instead of investing in new costly cold storage facilities
Florists and horticulture sites: Use reefers for storage of flowers
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