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Case Studies

PicoLite – Verifying Quality of Pita Bread in Cold Chain


“The PicoLite single-trip data logger is just what we needed for monitoring the temperature of our frozen Pita bread during shipment. It’s compact, accurate, low-cost and doesn’t require any implementation costs.”

Mounir Nehmeh, Co-owner, Nina Bakery

Globalization has lead to increased demand for imported frozen food from different countries; part of this trend is the demand for authentic, high quality Pita bread. Cold chain transportation allows suppliers to maintain frozen products and preserve their physical and bio-chemical properties. In order to verify the quality and safety of exported products, food exporters must utilize temperature monitoring solutions throughout the cold chain transportation.    

Application:   Monitoring of food during cold chain transportation

Organization:  Nina Bakery – producing and marketing Pita bread


Background:

Globalization has lead to increased demand for imported frozen food from different countries; part of this trend is the demand for authentic, high quality Pita bread. Cold chain transportation allows suppliers to maintain frozen products and preserve their physical and bio-chemical properties. In order to verify the quality and safety of exported products, food exporters must utilize temperature monitoring solutions throughout the cold chain transportation.    


About the Customer:

Nina Bakery specializes in producing quality Pita bread and distributing it worldwide. The bakery was founded in 1936 and is one of the leading bakeries in its field. Their unique production method, based on high performance production lines enables freezing of the Pita bread soon after the baking process is complete, resulting in long-lasting freshness. In 2010, Nina Bakery’s products won several awards for innovation, taste and quality at the European Fine Food Fair. Their products are well known around the world and are exported to the USA and through the European Union. Nina Bakery’s products can be also purchased directly via their Netherlands branch.


Key Customer Challenges:

  • Transportation of the frozen Pita bread produced by Nina Bakery to their customers in the USA or Europe requires stable temperature of around -18 °C in order to maintain the frozen Pita bread.
  • The shipment of Nina Bakery’s products can take up to one month, depending on the destination.
  • In order to verify the products were stored at the required temperature and haven’t defrosted during shipment, Nina Bakery required a temperature monitoring solution that will enable them to monitor the shipment process and produce PDF data reports with alarm indications. 


PicoLite Solution:

Nina Bakery added Fourtec's PicoLite single-trip data logger to the cold chain transportation of the frozen Pita bread from their production plant to various destinations in Europe and the USA. The PicoLite device is placed inside boxes of frozen Pita bread which are located in the container. The PicoLite logger monitors the temperature during shipment, enabling Nina Bakery to view the shipment data by connecting the device via USB to the computer upon its arrival to the destination, making sure that the required temperature was maintained and that the Pita bread didn't defrost. A PDF report with alarm indications, specifying if there are any deviations from pre-defined thresholds, is automatically generated as soon as the product shipment has reached its destination. Using the license-free DataSuite software or the weboomerang™ application (Fourtec’s new cloud-based application for emailing PicoLite trip reports over the web), this feature enables Nina Bakery to have immediate access to the data collected over the course of the journey and receive a detailed trip report via email, in PDF format, as soon as the logger is connected to the PC during transit or at the final destination.


Measurable Results:

  • The PicoLite proved to be a cost effective solution, providing accurate and reliable conformation of temperature with detailed analysis of shipments from origin to destination.
  • Using a single-trip logger saves Nina Bakery the overhead associated with returning multi-trip data loggers back to the shipper.
  • Using the weboomerang™ application eliminates the challenge of receiving the trip’s data reports from its customers. When the logger is connected to the computer, the weboomerang™ application handles the rest, up until the point where the report reaches Nina Bakery’s inbox.

 

 


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