If your business relies on the delivery-based ecosystem, it is vital to ensure that you use the best packaging for the type of goods you sell. If you sell temperature-sensitive products such as meal kits, cosmetics, or electronic devices, you might be wondering what type of shipping material would be best suited for your products. Many companies use cold chain packaging as a solution to ensure that their products arrive in the best condition.

What is cold chain packaging?

Cold chain shipping materials are specifically designed to prevent products from being affected by external temperature changes and to maintain the desired temperature for as long as possible. These materials are extremely useful when shipping temperature-sensitive products. For instance, cold chain packaging can be made with a specialized bubble liner that reduces radiant heat transfer, thus safeguarding against heat and/or cold infiltration. This thermal shipping material helps to regulate the temperature inside the packaging while also protecting the products from heat exposure during transportation and storage.

When should I use cold chain packaging?

Cold chain packaging is a type of packaging that helps maintain the quality and safety of perishable goods. It is particularly useful for products that are sensitive to temperature changes, such as certain medications and cosmetics. If these products are exposed to temperatures outside their recommended range, they can become ineffective and may pose a potential health risk.

Similarly, perishable foods can spoil or degrade if they are not kept at the appropriate temperature during transportation. Cold chain packaging helps to prevent these issues by ensuring that the products are kept at the correct temperature throughout their journey.

If your products are unable to maintain their integrity during shipping, it may lead to customer dissatisfaction and loss of business.

Who else is using cold chain packaging?

The cold chain packaging industry is made up of many major players. It’s no surprise that this is a billion-dollar global industry, with experts predicting rapid growth in the coming years. According to sources, by 2028, the market size is expected to reach almost 55 billion, with a compound annual growth rate of 14.6%. Research shows that the U.S. cold chain packaging market was worth US 5.71 billion in 2022 and is projected to be worth around US 18.96 billion by 2032, growing at a CAGR of 12.80% between 2023 and 2032.

The US is not alone. As frozen food distribution increases, countries like Japan report that the cold chain logistics market size is estimated at USD 20.52 billion in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 26.79 billion by 2029. In Europe, sources convey that The European pharmaceutical Cold Chain Logistics Market size is estimated at USD 19.59 billion in 2024. It is expected to reach USD 31.32 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 10% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

Notable trend in the cold chain packaging market

Sustainable packaging practices are becoming increasingly important. To reduce CO2 emissions, companies are investing in more efficient transportation methods. However, around 20% of losses are still caused by inefficiencies in cooling methods. To tackle this issue, major companies in the cold chain packaging industry are investing in temperature-controlled packaging solutions that are reusable and made of multi-use materials.[1]

Where to turn for quality (and more sustainable) cold chain packaging

Do you need help navigating your shipping options for delicate products? At PAC Worldwide, we simplify storage and increase fulfillment speed with materials explicitly designed for temperature-controlled products. Our CoolPAC® product line is made from a unique, reflective bubble material with a high insulation rating.

From bakery items or meal kits to cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, CoolPAC is a perfect solution for protecting perishable items. In addition to reliable protection, CoolPAC products are more sustainable than traditional foam coolers.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out today.

[1] Research and Markets: Cold Chain Packaging Global Market Report 2024