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Packaging Heat-Sensitive Items During the Summer Months

As the summer heat intensifies, the demand for home meal delivery and the purchase of heat-sensitive items continues to rise. Whether it’s fresh ingredients for a gourmet recipe or temperature-sensitive medications, ensuring these products reach consumers without spoilage, damage, or becoming too warm becomes a critical challenge.

You’re probably aware that home meal delivery has rapidly gained popularity as a convenient and time-saving option for consumers. It’s hard to miss the ads popping up all over social media, television, and cable networks.

A report by Statista states that the global meal kit delivery market is projected to reach $17.8 billion in 2023 and $24.7 billion, with 40 million users, by 2027. This exponential growth indicates a significant shift in consumer behavior, with more people opting for the convenience of having fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and easy-to-make recipes delivered right to their doorstep.

In addition to meal kits, other heat-sensitive items are commonly purchased by consumers. These include perishable foods, such as dairy products, chocolates, fruits, temperature-sensitive medications, beauty products, and certain chemicals. Maintaining the integrity and quality of these items during transit is important to ensure customer safety and satisfaction.

Let’s explore a variety of effective packaging solutions that can protect heat-sensitive items during transit:

Cold Packs: Cold packs, also known as gel packs or ice packs, are an effective solution for preserving the temperature of heat-sensitive products. These packs are designed to provide a consistent and reliable cooling effect, keeping perishable items fresh and preventing spoilage. Cold packs can be easily placed alongside the heat-sensitive items within the packaging to maintain a cool environment and extend shipping times. They also come in various sizes and types, including biodegradable, moisture safe, and re-freezable.

Cool Shield Bubble Mailers: Cool Shield bubble mailers are specifically designed to protect heat-sensitive items during shipping. These mailers feature insulating materials and reflective barriers, which help maintain a controlled temperature inside the package. The bubble lining provides cushioning and protects the contents from external impacts such as punctures or water.

Cool Shield Bubble Rolls: Similar to Cool Shield bubble mailers, Cool Shield bubble rolls offer the flexibility to create custom-sized packaging solutions and are FDA-compliant for use with food. They are ideal for wrapping individual heat-sensitive items or lining shipping boxes, providing an extra layer of insulation and protection against moisture, vapor, and odors.

Cool Shield Insulated Box Liners: These leak-resistant liners are one-piece, gusseted, and let you create your own insulated shipping container. They are easy to use and, like our other items, are FDA compliant and, when used together with cold packs, are sure to keep your products cool while in transit.

Cool Shield Pallet Covers: For businesses shipping larger quantities of heat-sensitive items, Cool Shield pallet covers are an excellent option. These covers are designed to fit over pallets, creating a thermal barrier that shields the entire shipment from external temperature fluctuations. They help maintain a consistent temperature throughout the transit process, reducing the risk of spoilage or damage.

Insulated Foam Containers: Insulated foam containers, often made from expanded polystyrene (EPS), provide exceptional thermal insulation for heat-sensitive products. These containers effectively shield the contents from external heat, ensuring the desired temperature is maintained. They are commonly used in the food industry for shipping perishable items and are lightweight, reusable, and recyclable. They are thick, molded foam that resists crushing and breakage.

Insulated Shipping Kits: Insulated shipping kits are comprehensive packaging solutions that combine insulated foam containers and outer corrugated boxes and can be combined with cold packs. The combination of thermal insulation and cooling elements helps maintain the desired temperature during transit, safeguarding the quality and integrity of the heat-sensitive products. This done-for-you solution comes in a wide variety of sizes and foam wall thicknesses.

With the increasing popularity of home meal delivery and the purchase of heat-sensitive items, it is crucial to address the challenges posed by the summer heat during transit. Using these packaging solutions becomes vital to ensure the safe delivery of heat-sensitive products without spoilage or damage.

By incorporating these packaging materials into the shipping process, you can give your customers peace of mind, knowing that their heat-sensitive items will arrive fresh and intact.

For help determining which items best suit your needs, please call us at (773) 235-6060.


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