Brexit stockpiling could increase waste, says Hanwell

Hanwell Solutions, the UK’s leading manufacturer of wireless environmental monitoring solutions, has warned food manufacturers and retailers that contingency planning in advance of Brexit could be counter-productive and lead to significant food waste.

Fears of disruption to the food supply chain through and after the Brexit process has led to a rush for warehouse space from companies keen to boost stocks of materials and goods. But with demand for suitable cold storage facilities at a peak, keeping temperature-sensitive products in the right conditions is challenging.

Real-time monitoring of the environment in which food is kept could save the day in the event of incidents such as power cuts, fridge failures or doors left open. The uncertain British climate, which saw temperatures of up to 19°C in February before dipping to below freezing overnight, can also have an adverse effect on stored food products – even canned goods.

Centralised environmental monitoring and early warning systems from British manufacturer Hanwell will flag up compromised conditions for food, as well as pharmaceutical and healthcare products, especially essential in warehouses not normally used for this purpose.

While tinned food is expected to last for years, most cans do carry storage guidelines such as ‘a cool dry place’. Accurate monitoring of environmental conditions for these goods, even in ambient storage and during transportation, provides an earlywarning system that can help protect consumers and avoid spoilage.