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By Anna (Anna) on Monday, September 13, 2004 - 08:35 am: Edit

Hi, I have a client that wants me to send different desserts by mail (from NJ to Florida). I have never done this before.
The desserts are siropy and kind of fragile.
Any suggestions about containers, packaging, etc?

By Jonesg (Jonesg) on Saturday, September 18, 2004 - 03:39 am: Edit

Freeze and fedex, the only other way is drive it, unfortunately thats about it.
Something's just aren't practicle and we are stuck with those types of products.

By Chefmanny (Chefmanny) on Saturday, September 18, 2004 - 08:02 am: Edit

Cooler, with the foam particles, bagged dry ice, or frozen blue plastic cubes you use for the kids lunch boxes, deliver overnight, delivery can be expensive. Joe's Stonecrabs here in FL charges like $26 for delivery, minimum. You should freeze the product if you can, include defrosting directions so they don't leave it out at room temp to defrost.

By Anna (Anna) on Saturday, September 18, 2004 - 10:23 am: Edit

chefnanny, or any other, do you know where can I find the coolers?, I found some on the internet including the gel packs, but they are wholesalers, so the minimum is about 150 cases!!!!
I know it is not cheap, bu the client will be willing to pay the cost. For me it is important to give my client options!

By Chefgibz0 (Chefgibz0) on Saturday, September 18, 2004 - 11:28 am: Edit

Anna, this is something I have seen, never done it, but specialty purveyors that I recieved micro greens from used a sort of bag over their carboard box. It was outer layer of a reflective foil with a inner layer of a type of foam insulation. You might want to look in to something like that. It was Chefs' Garden that used them. Then they packed their goods in the box with disposable frozen gel packs and foam peanuts to further insulate. I hope this helps ya. Good luck!

By Chefgibz0 (Chefgibz0) on Saturday, September 18, 2004 - 11:36 am: Edit

Anne, you might want to tack a look here.

There is a list of businesses and links of places that make and sell food shipping supplies. Try "associated bag". Hope this helps as well.

By Chefmanny (Chefmanny) on Saturday, September 18, 2004 - 01:48 pm: Edit

If it's only a one or few times sale just go to your grocer, now they carry all that. Coolers by the beer section, the blue ice packs somewhere???...can't remember where...ask I'm sure they caqrry it.
If you are going to do this you might want to buy it wholesale!
Internet sales is a big thing at Joe's it's up to about 2 million a year, and it's a two person operation!!!!!

By Anna (Anna) on Monday, September 20, 2004 - 07:53 am: Edit

Thakns to everyone for the information!!!!!!!, Now I have lots of homework to do in the internet!!!
I will let you know what I find.
Have a great day!

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