Temperature controlled packaging solution

Why temperature controlled packaging?

Many manufacturers have turned to innovative packaging solutions to protect their highly sensitive products. One of the most popular packaging methods in the biopharma & medical as well as food & drink industry is temperature-controlled packaging. Chilled packaging is reliable in protecting sensitive or perishable items. The benefits include: 

  • Temperature stability
  • Sterility
  • Efficiency
  • Cost-effective 
  • Compact
  • Robust
  • Sustainable
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Temperature control from the experts

One of the vital steps in any supply chain is to ship your product safely to its destination. With over 40 years experience, in the pharma, biopharma & medical industry as well as in the food & drink industry, our packaging experts will recommend a chilled packaging solution based on your actual needs. Different products from sensitive diagnostic reagents to perishable foods require different solutions. Swiftpak understand and take into consideration different aspects of the product's journey:

  • product integrity
  • time in transit
  • contamination prevention
  • required temperature maintenance
  • safety & security
  • sustainability

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View our temperature controlled offerings for the pharmaceutical and food industries.

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Some of our Temperature Controlled packaging solutions

Vegan Temperature Controlled Packaging

Recyclable Thermal Liner

The new, climate-neutral packaging solution with a positive CO2 balance. Sustainable packaging that's vegan and highly insulating. Want to find out more? Contact us today

vegan thermal liner

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Temperature Controlled Labels

Temperature Indicators

Our temperature indicators are designed to monitor temperature and alert you if your products have been exposed to unacceptable temperatures by turning bright red in colour.

Temperature Indicators

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Gel Packs

Ensure your sensitive products are transported in a temperature-controlled manner, keeping within the required temperature.

Gel Packs

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Recyclable Thermal Insulated Packaging

Insulated Box Liners

Made from renewable plant-based components and paper, this solution provides excellent temperature control while also being fully curbside recyclabe.

Paper based thermal insulation

Reliable Thermal Insulated Packaging

Polystyrene EPS Boxes

Sterile Moulded Foam EPS boxes that provide excellent and reliable thermal performance for temperature sensitive items. EPS boxes are lightweight and robust.

Polystyrene Boxes


Dry Ice

Dry ice is one of the preferred cooling agents used in many pharmaceutical and food companies due to its many benefits. It sublimates without leaving any residue or waste.

Dry Ice

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FAQs: Temperature Controlled Packaging

  • Temperature controlled packaging (also known as “chilled packaging”, or “cold chain logistics”) is used to package items that need to remain within a specific temperature range. Food or medical specimens in particular need precise temperature control and attention to maintain their condition. For example, with pharmaceuticals, if not stored under the right temperature, their chemical composition may change. Temperature controlled packaging is vital in shipping sensitive products to preserve their quality.

  • Thermal packaging is designed for temperature sensitive products that require specific temperatures to be maintained during transportation. It acts as an insulator between a product being shipped and the outside air, protecting it from any contamination. Thermal packaging could include an outer pack made of corrugated board, moulded polyurethane foam and frozen gel packs.

  • For shipping frozen products, the temperature control requirements are that the product should be kept at a temperature of -18 Celsius and no warmer than -15 Celsius. To ship frozen goods, you can use either our gel packs or dry ice in combination with insulated packaging material.

  • If you are not interested in re-using them, you can dispose of coolants such as gel packs by cutting the corner of the pack and disposing of the contents through the normal domestic waste system. As for other temperature-controlled packaging, it depends on the material. Our new vegan thermal liner is curbside recyclable. Then there are plenty of polystyrene solutions. The good news is that  like most plastics, polystyrene is also 100% recyclable. The bad news is that polystyrene recycling is not common as only few household recycling centres accept it.

  • Finding the right solution depends on several aspects of the product and it's journey. Different products require different temperature controlled solutions depending on several factors such as product characteristics, time in transit and required temperature maintenance. These are just a few aspects to take into considerations. With over 45 years experience, our packaging experts can help you find the right solution for your sensitive products.

    • Frozen food: should be kept at a temperature of -18°C or colder.
    • Cold food: below 8°C with 5°C being the most recommended.
    • Hot food: 63°C or above.
  • It all depends on what you are shipping, for how long and which thermal liner you are using. A heavier gel pack will take longer to melt and so maintains the product temperature for a longer period of time. This also applies if you put a couple of gel packs together as it will take longer for three gel packs in a stack to melt than three packs that are separated. A tip: the more air-sealed your thermal liner is, the less the heat can transfer.

  • Firstly, we recommend trying to re-use the gel packs. If this is not possible, it is recommended you let the pack thaw and then cut into the package to allow the gel to drain. After the gel has been removed, the plastic sleeve can be recycled.

  • Always clearly mark your packages with the appropriate hazard labelling if you are shipping dry ice. In extreme cases, the carbon dioxide dry ice emits can create a suffocation hazard in confined spaces, it can also carry risk of explosion if you do not vent the carbon dioxide from your containers or workspace. Clearly label the packaging with ‘perishable’ and ‘keep refrigerated’ to ensure the package is kept at the required temperature throughout transit.

  • Several points are taken into consideration to ensure an effective temperature controlled solution is achieved. These include:

    • Size, dimensional weight and ergonomic requirements of the product.
    • Shipping method, duration and costs attached.
    • External temperatures during shipping.
    • Acceptable temperature range for product over given time frames.

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