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Industrial racking and storage systems for the food and beverage sector are designed to facilitate perfect product rotation that allows the inflow and outflow of goods from the warehouse in an agile and efficient way.

It is a sector with very diverse load units: different sizes, weights, expiration dates, cold storage requirements, etc. Combinations of different types of industrial racking are usually installed in food and beverage warehouses to provide solutions for different product needs.

At AR Racking we have ample experience in solutions for the sector and have a range of storage systems to meet all the possible logistics needs of food and beverage warehouses.

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Storage systems for the food and beverage sector

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Smooth stock rotation

Considering the characteristics of the goods, storage systems in the food sector will have to ensure a correct and smooth product rotation.  It is common to install systems that allow FIFO (First in, First out) stock management.

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Direct access to the unit load: non-priority

Although it will depend on the company’s characteristics, generally in the food and beverage sector a large volume of stock is stored for each product reference, and therefore direct access to each unit load is not so important. In general, with food, the goods are more heterogeneous compared to beverages.

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Cold storage solutions

If the goods to be stored must be kept at a controlled temperature in a cold store or freezing chamber, something very common in this sector, those storage systems best suited to such conditions will be installed.

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Compact storage systems

Compact or multideep industrial racking solutions are a very interesting option in the food and beverage sector because they usually store few product references with a high volume of stock. Moreover, in the case of cold storage, these systems optimise the available space and volume to be cooled. However, it needs to be ensured that this compaction does not compromise the correct rotation of goods.

Characteristics of the food and beverage sector

The main characteristic of the food and beverage sector in terms of its logistics requirements is that the type of products produced, distributed and marketed have very delicate and special conditions.

Warehouse cleaning and hygiene

Food and beverages require hygienic and environmental conditions that make their protection and correct storage a priority, so that goods retain their ideal characteristics for sale and consumption.

In many cases, they also require that the cold chain not be broken in all phases of the supply chain, which represents a challenge beyond storage in the appropriate type of industrial racking.

Perishable products

The expiration date of these products generally means that the appropriate warehouse management method is FIFO (First in, First out), facilitating the perfect rotation of the goods and ensuring that the first product to be stored is the first to be shipped from the warehouse.

Furthermore, the food and beverage sector is constantly changing due to changes in society’s purchasing habits, which are increasingly demanding from a quality and deadline perspective.

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Some common storage systems for the food and beverage sector are:

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Adjustable Pallet Racking

The most common and simplest storage system, adaptable to different types of loads. It allows direct access to all stored unit loads, facilitating good rotation of products such as food and beverages.

 

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Very Narrow Aisle Racking

System very similar to adjustable racking, but more compact as work aisles are reduced. It also allows direct access to all unit loads and requires special forklifts for its operation.

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Live Storage Pallet Racking (FIFO)

Compact system for storing pallets, designed specifically for FIFO warehouse management.

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Mobile Pallet Racking (AR Mobile)

In this system, the adjustable pallet racking structure is installed on mobile bases that allow the movement of the rows of racking to open a single work aisle. They are a good alternative for the food and beverage sector as they allow direct access to all unit loads, but with good space optimisation.

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Drive in Drive Through Racking

Compact system that makes the most of the available space and height of the warehouse by reducing work aisles.

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Longspan Shelving

This is the most conventional picking system. It is an interesting solution in food and beverage warehouses with medium or light loads, and also in order preparation warehouses.

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Live Storage for Picking

Live pallet racking for storage of light loads. Its design with slightly inclined roller beds allows goods from the food and beverage sector to slide along the storage lanes, facilitating FIFO stock management.

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AR Pallet Shuttle

It is a semi-automated high-density storage solution that uses motorised pallet shuttles to move goods. It is a suitable system for cold storage.

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Automated Warehouses

Warehouses with automated systems are a very efficient solution, which allows perfect rotation and fully optimises the available space. However, it should be taken into account that these are more complex and costly solutions.

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Success stories

At AR Racking we have been offering for many years the best storage solutions adapted to the needs of companies from the food and beverage sector, from small local businesses to large international companies.

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