There are several ways that the food industry is currently using shipping containers, from utilising them for their original purpose of transporting raw materials and finished products around the world, to converting them to be used as mobile kitchens, pop-up restaurants, bars, and cafes.
The ability to keep any area that is associated with food in a hygienically clean condition is of utmost importance, and so whether a shipping container is hygienic enough for use in the food industry is a critical question.
Shipping Containers in the Food Industry
Shipping containers can be useful in many situations due to their very nature. They have been specially designed to be easily moved between different modes of transport without the need for unpacking and packing again, ensuring that their contents can be transported quickly and easily around the world. Refrigerated shipping containers are also commonplace, meaning that perishables can be transported and stored if needed as well.
You can also buy a container and use it as a semi-permanent storage facility, or indeed, convert it into a modular building. Shipping containers can be easily converted, adding doors, windows, insulation linings, painting, electricity, water access, and secure locking to create exactly the building that you are after.
Shipping Containers and Hygiene
Due to its very nature, a shipping container is protective and built to withstand outside interference. This means that it can be kept in a hygienically clean state whilst it is being used, without contamination risks from the outside.
If you are planning on converting your shipping container into a food preparation building, the most important aspect of this is to ensure that you are fitting it out with hygienic materials that meet food hygiene requirements and can be cleaned adequately.
You can choose the materials that kitchen furniture, equipment, wall linings, and flooring are made of to ensure that they are the right material for your uses.
Designing your Food Establishment
If you are thinking about creating a food establishment from a new or used shipping container the first decision that you need to make is what size container to choose from. Shipping containers can be bought in three standard sizes – 10ft, 20ft, and 40ft, but they can be bought in a standard height or high cube version.
They can also be stacked vertically on top of each other, or, attached horizontally side-by-side to create a larger space.
It can be difficult to visualise exactly what your converted shipping container will look like, and this is where our Computer-Aided Design technology comes in. Our team of designers can use this to create 3D designs so that you can see precisely how your completed conversion will look.
Once that you have designed your shipping container conversion, our manufacturing team can start producing it, so that it is delivered to the site as good as complete.
Ensuring that any premises where food is stored, prepared, or served are hygienic is critical, so keeping your shipping container in good, clean condition is highly important. By ensuring that you use the correct materials to fill your shipping container and the correct cleaning products, you can guarantee that it stays within the hygiene standards that are required.