The Time is Now: Complying with Sanitary Transportation of Food and FSMA

Register here for a workshop on January 9 at Northwest Food & Beverage World 2017.

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) gives FDA broad new powers to regulate the safety of the food supply. In particular, FDA’s Sanitary Transportation of Food (STF) Rule places significant new mandates on the shippers and food processors to satisfy comprehensive new standards relating to the transportation of food products. FDA’s STF final rule will require those who transport food to use sanitary transportation practices to ensure the safety of food to include training, records keeping, conditions and practices for transporting food in sanitary condition. How will the STF Act impact your business as part of the Cold Supply Chain? Join us in a discussion on how the upcoming FSMA regulations will impact your refrigerated fleet and what you should be doing now to prepare today to ensure compliance in this new regulatory environment.


  • Don Durm, Vice President, Customer Solutions, PLM Trailer Leasing
  • Leonard (Bud) Rodowick, Manager Strategic Relations- Food Safety & OEMs at Thermo King Corporation



CleanFuture’s John Thornton to speak on “Ways to Drive Costs Out of Your Transportation Business”

CleanFuture founder, John Thornton, will speak on “Ways to Drive Costs Out of your Transportation Business” at the IFDA Distribution Solutions Conference, October 16th to 19th in Tampa, Florida.

The formula for driving out transportation costs seems simple: less hours consumed by a refrigerated trailer unit leads to less fuel burned, which in turn lowers maintenance costs and reduces a distributor’s carbon footprint. And all of this equals greater bottom-line profits. But what does it take to get there?

Led by an independent foodservice distributor who has realized great cost savings and an energy solutions provider who has a passion for electric transportation alternatives, attend this session to learn what distributors can implement in their fleets and in the warehouse to produce a positive impact on their bottom line.

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
• List energy improvement solutions that can be applied throughout a distributor’s operation.
• Discuss how electric standby reefer units reduce fuel consumption;
• Compare and contrast big spend versus small spend strategies.

Don Durm, Vice President, Customer Solutions, PLM Trailer Leasing

Steve Stidham, Director of Operations, Food Supply Inc
Ed Harmon, Ally Channel Manager, Georgia Power
John Thornton, President, CleanFuture, Inc.

CleanFuture Speaks on Electric Infrastructure at CARB Clean TRU Technologies Webinar

John Thornton speaks on TRU electric infrastructure in California Air Resources Board (CARB) webinar where staff and clean technology manufacturers present clean transport refrigeration unit (TRU) technology options.

See link to the handouts, a video will be posted at a later date.

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Reducing Refrigerated Transport Cost with Shore Power Electric Standby

Reefer fleets across the country are electrifying. Learn how to reduce refrigerated transport operating costs by 40 to 70% by eliminating wasteful diesel fuel burn while stationary. Hear from industry experts on best practices and technologies to operate refrigerated trailers and trucks on electric grid-powered temperature control instead of using diesel fuel while parked at loading docks, yard parking, and staging areas at distribution centers, refrigerated warehouses, and food manufacturing plants.


John Thornton, Energy Advisor, Northwest Food Processors Association / Principal, CleanFuture, Inc.


Alan Bates, Vice President, Shorepower Technologies

Kevin Downing, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

John Thornton, Principal Consultant, CleanFuture, Inc.

Kevin Williams, Region Director – West, Carrier Transicold

Register here for a workshop on January 11, 2016 at the Northwest Food & Beverage Manufacturers EXPO & Conference.

Refrigerated Transportation Best Practices

Experts Bud Rodowick, Don Durm, and Dr. Patrick Brecht will be discussing the highly anticipated International Refrigerated Transportation Association Guide to Refrigerated Transportation. The speakers will address compliance proposals from multiple Food Safety Modernization Act rules that require further clarification of their definition to determine what specifically needs to be identified as a “Best Practice” procedure for each of them. Join this session to discuss the evolution of these processes, and have your questions about how compliance requirements will affect all responsible entities answered.

Dr. Patrick Brecht, President, PEB Commodities
Bud Rodowick, Strategic Relations – Food Safety and OEMs, Thermo King
Donald Durm, Director of Strategic Customer Solutions, PLM Trailer Leasing

Register here for a workshop on January 11, 2016 at the Northwest Food & Beverage Manufacturers EXPO & Conference.