How Cold is Cold Storage: Warehouse Temperature Breakdown

The term “cold storage” is often used loosely in reference to climate controlled warehouses. This can make things slightly confusing for companies looking for a facility that can cater to their specific temperature requirements.

Are you in need of some cold storage clarity? Here’s a handy guide to temperature breakdowns in climate controlled warehouses.

Storage Temperatures
As Defined in the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)

Freezer: To qualify as freezer storage by USP standards, temperatures in a storage unit must fall within the -4°F to 14°F range, though most frozen foods (such as fruits, vegetables, fish, and meat) should be kept at temperatures below 0°F in order to maintain their integrity. Minnesota

Freezer Warehouse Company (MFWC) has freezer storage capabilities at both our Albert Lea and Austin facilities.

Cold: Cold storage (which may also be referred to as cooler storage or refrigerated storage) temperatures, according to the USP, must not exceed 46°F. There are many products that need to be kept within a temperature range that falls into this category; a few examples include: 

  • Fresh produce (36°F to 39°F)
  • Dairy products (36°F to 39°F)
  • Individual meat cuts (36°F to 39°F)
  • Fresh seafood (30°F to 34°F)

Cool: The USP defines storage conditions falling between 46°F and 59°F as “cool.” Most dry goods need to be kept within this temperature range. MFWC has 40,000 square feet of ambient dry storage capacity at our Albert Lea facility.

MFWC: Climate Controlled Storage in Minnesota

If you want to partner with a climate controlled warehouse in Minnesota, look no further than MFWC. We will keep your frozen, refrigerated, or dry goods fresh and safe in our climate controlled storage units. To learn more, contact us at (507) 373-1477 or send an email to We look forward to assisting with all of your cold storage needs.


Albert Lea
820 E. 13th Street
PO Box 86
Albert Lea, MN 56007-0086

PHONE: 507-373-1477
TOLL FREE: 844-373-1477
FAX: 507-373-2174

1907 14th Street N.E.
P.O. Box 475
Austin, Minnesota 55912-0475

PHONE: 507-437-1982
FAX: 507-437-1892