JB Hunt wins cold chain certification

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

LOWELL, Ark. – 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 (IRTA), a core partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance.

The Certified Cold Carrier program recognizes carrier organizations for their commitment to sanitary and safe transportation of perishable products. The program aligns companies and personnel with the IRTA’s Best Practices Guide, which 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. 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,” says GCCA president and CEO Corey Rosenbusch, CAE, IOM.

“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 the nation’s most recognizable brands in the grocery, retail, agricultural, and restaurant industries and provide services such as replenishment, food distribution, unattended deliveries, convenience store delivery, and inventory rotation. J.B. Hunt’s comprehensive food safety program, which was established in 2010, helps customers further their food safety practices and integrate them into responsibilities that meet and exceed provisions set by FDA and USDA programs.