Lowell-based carrier J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. is one of the first seven carriers to be named a Certified Cold Carrier by the International Refrigerated Transportation Association, a partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance, according to a news release.
J.B. Hunt noted Tuesday (Oct. 29) that the program recognizes carriers for their commitment to sanitary and safe transportation of perishable products. The program aligns companies and personnel with the Best Practices Guide of the International Refrigerated Transportation Association, and the guide includes compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act.
“This certification displays our commitment to the safe transportation of our nation’s food supply and represents the hard work and attention to detail our drivers and personnel provide on a daily basis,” said Greer Woodruff, senior vice president of safety, security and driver personnel at J.B. Hunt. “That is something I am very proud to say is the center of our company’s culture.”
The Certified Cold Carrier program was created earlier this year and is one of the only industry programs recognizing safe and sanitary food transport, the news release shows. Each carrier was selected for demonstrating operational excellence and knowledge of regulations and best practices. The certification is valid for three years.
“We are proud to welcome J.B. Hunt to an elite group of Certified Cold Carriers,” said Corey Rosenbusch, president and CEO of Global Cold Chain Alliance. “By earning this first-of-its-kind certification, J.B. Hunt differentiates itself from its competitors and shows its dedication to best practices in keeping food safe during transport.”
J.B. Hunt works with nationwide brands in grocery, retail, agricultural and restaurant industries and provides services such as replenishment, food distribution, unattended deliveries, convenience story delivery and inventory rotation. The carrier’s food safety program, which was established in 2010, helps customers further their food safety practices and integrate them into responsibilities that meet provisions set by programs of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.