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Shipping Frozen goods with in the USA

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
I am runnig a British Pasty business down here in Georgia . I have a web site and do get a few orders thru it. One of my main problem is shipping the frozen product to to customers . Does any one have any ideas for me ?
I have a USDA inspected product "a Cornish Style beef Pasty" which I want to move forward with but keep coming up against "the shipping costs are too expensive " coments from those who would like to order them. UPS , DHL, Postal service all charge a fortune over night.
To begin with we build a Food vendor trailer to attend the local festivals , built to resemble an old Tram . We do make sales but theres no repeat trade .
I have been unsure of whether to open a shop up with all the additional expense involved with that , so am now looking for ideas how to "shift" my product .

Schwans & QVC channel have decline to add my Pastys to their lines.

my web site is cornish pastys dot com any help or ideas will certainly be appreciated for sure


post #2 of 6
Graham -

from unrelated type business I can confirm: unless you're shipping bill is in the megamillions, you're not going to get much of a discount - and yes, the commercial services have gone bezonkers.

check the overall costs of for example a dry ice / froze gel pak and second day. if available, next late later morning is another option.

regrets, not found any magic solution . . .
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks Dillbert , checked most of those leads . I have an Dry Ice maker not the cheapest stuff to make . The Postal service only let 3 lbs of ice be shipped so a third day isnt an option I have found . The Gel pack work but not for that long . The added complication is the Pasty is frozen Uncooked raw . If I were to cook them I would need to change the Haccp plan to include a monthly Listerea swab test which given I am not gewtting too many orders means additaional expense & Red Tape which I want to avoid if possible .

post #4 of 6
you are using an purpose made insulated shipping container, right?

<big generalities based on experience>
look at storing (a portion of) the pies at -40'F (commercially available free standing freeze units)
product + a pound of dry ice in a volume fitting eps container should get you 36 hours at "not to exceed" 10'F

the glitch may be those kind of containers run $10, and up, each - which gets back to the "it costs to much" issue . . .

Georgia.... jeesh, you did have to pick Georgia. couldn't you pick someplace like Alaska? it can sit on the apron for days in Alaska . . . .

you can achieve similar results with a double layer tightly sealed big bubble wrap - depending on labor costs, time+materials is pretty much a wash when it gets to overall cost.
post #5 of 6
I’ve got a friend that used to own a butcher shop and I know she did some shipping. I won’t be able to get her on the phone for a couple of days but I will ask her what she did.
I live in a chi-chi touristy area. We have a Brit-o-phile shop and I know that they have a refrigerated/frozen food section. It might be a good outlet for your stuff. Don’t know if you are interested or not, but here is their web-site
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
Many Thanks for your reply . I will contact the Church Mouse folk for sure , excellent.
Yes any tips on shipping will be well received . At present I am having a freezer fitted into my van for deliveries , so i am hoping that releives some of the issues for the localish area .
Thank you once again
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