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What To Know About Transporting Food by Courier in the UK 

6th June 2023 | by Sam Nardi

What To Know About Transporting Food by Courier in the UK 
Moving food via courier? You need to read this. When it comes to transporting food via courier, there are a few essential things that everyone needs to know. Moving food can be a part of multiple different industries; from moving ingredients to hospitality, to moving canapes for events, and even to moving food vans and trucks for festivals. Food couriers in the UK have a multitude of responsibilities, from carefully temperature-calibrated environments to taking the most efficient direct routes, so it’s important to choose your food courier carefully. There are several things to check before you choose a courier for food, no matter what industry you’re in. Read on to find out our top things that you need to know about moving food.


Can I Send Food by Courier in the UK?


In the UK, you can transport food by courier. When selecting a courier to transport food consignments, you’ll want to look at their service offerings and ensure that they have the ability and expertise to effectively deliver food.

At Speedy Freight, we’re experienced food couriers that can transport food consignments for all industries, from food manufacturing to food for hospitality and events.

With specialist temperature-controlled vehicles, we can transport fresh and frozen food to any location across the UK.


What Should I Look for in a Food Courier?




Firstly, as you might expect, efficiency is key. Unlike many other consignments, food and ingredients are perishable and can therefore spoil if not kept and transported in an ideal environment and suitable conditions.

Whereas a delay in moving another consignment, such as an item of furniture or a spare part for a conveyor system, might only result in a frustrating waste of time, the risk of delay in food-based couriering services is that far more is at stake. Therefore, it’s essential to choose a courier company that can provide you with the most efficient food courier service available, to prevent costly waste.

Speedy Freight offers a dedicated same day delivery service, which means that we’ll never co-load our vehicles with more than one client’s goods. This means that our clients can rest assured we are taking the most efficient route to fulfil their delivery needs; without making any unnecessary stops along the way to pick-up or drop-off of another client’s items.

Speedy Freight can also provide support for planned events as well as cater to last-minute requirements, across a huge range of industries.


Temperature-Controlled Vehicles


It’s important to understand what temperature-controlled vehicles are, and the range of temperatures that are available to you.

At Speedy Freight, our clients have exclusive access to our range of temperature-controlled vehicles which are ideal for the transportation of numerous perishable consignments from food and beverages to medical consignments. In these vans, temperatures can be as low as -22 degrees Celsius. These temperature-controlled vehicles are adept at carrying food and beverages that need to remain at ambient, chilled, or frozen temperatures.

The temperature that the vehicle will need to be set to will depend on the nature of the consignment. Our Speedy Freight will find the right vehicle for your needs and ensure temperature is maintained at a safe level for all your consignments.


Vehicle Types 


It’s also vital to ensure that you have the right vehicle type for your needs. Again, this will depend on your exact consignment—what type of food you are moving (full meals, ingredients, pre-made canapés, etc.) and the volume thereof.

You’ll need to find a food courier service that can provide you with temperature-calibrated vehicles, if needed, along with a range of vehicle sizes to adapt to your needs.

Here at Speedy Freight, our range of over 4,000 vehicles includes a range of vehicles ranging from our Luton vans to our long wheelbase vehicles, all the way up to artics.

Speedy Freight also has both single and dual compartment vehicles available, with dual compartment vehicles allowing for the transportation of different produce at different temperatures in one van. This popular option means that multiple different items can be transported in one vehicle, which is a convenient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly way of operating.


Which Industries Can a Food Courier Support?


Food couriers can support a huge range of industries, not limited to those we have mentioned.

Many industries rely on food couriers to transport consignments, on both a frequent and infrequent basis. Food couriers can provide support for press and event services, restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels, manufacturers, food retailers, and any other industry where food or meals might be required.


Speedy Freight’s Same Day Food Courier Services


Whether you need a food courier to regularly assist in delivering goods to your manufacturing plant, or you need one-off support to deliver trays of food to an event, our same day food courier services have got you covered.

With a network of over 60 branches covering the UK and Europe, our teams are ready for action at a moment’s notice and can get a delivery vehicle to you within 60 minutes of your booking.

Arrange your food courier support with Speedy Freight today by contacting your local Speedy Freight courier branch.


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