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Temperature controlled packaging

If your business sends out frozen, chilled or ambient products that need to be kept fresh, temperature controlled packaging can provide you with a wide range of benefits.

Businesses use temperature controlled packaging for food, pharmaceuticals and other temperature-sensitive items. It uses insulation to maintain a constant temperature, keeping its contents fresh. Popular options include Sealed Air Tempguard, Woolcool, and polystyrene.

At GWP, we offer a range of sustainable temperature controlled packaging that protects your produce in transit and can significantly reduce your costs. Our range of insulated box liners gives you the confidence that your products will arrive with your customer safe and fresh.

Insulated box liners

Sealed Air Tempguard

Sealed Air TempGuard™

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Alternative packaging and inserts

Subscription box packaging

Subscription boxes

Custom sizes
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Cardboard bottle packaging

Bottle packaging

Custom sizes
Various styles/options

Cardboard layer pads slip sheets

Layer pads

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fsc void fill packaging

Paper void fill

Various options
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Wine bottle in a Korrvu bottle packaging insert


Standard sizes
3 x styles

Two custom foam end caps protecting industrial part

Foam packaging

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What is temperature controlled packaging?

Temperature controlled packaging maintains the temperature of products that can spoil during transit. It’s commonly used for food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and biotechnology industries, where products are required to maintain their quality and efficacy. Properly designed, temperature controlled packaging can help meet specific regulations, minimise product recalls and damage, and reduce overall costs.

How does temperature controlled packaging work?

Temperature controlled packaging uses insulation, which varies from foils to insulated box liners and even wool, combined with an outer layer of packaging for protection. Businesses using insulated packaging can also include ice packs to help maintain a specific temperature.

Is temperature controlled packaging sustainable?

Different types of temperature controlled packaging offer different degrees of sustainability. Factors to consider include the type of insulation you use, how much weight and bulk this adds to the overall pack size (affecting transit efficiency), the amount of spoilage and returns, and how easy the packs are for end users to recycle.

What is temperature resistant packaging material?

Temperature resistant packaging can withstand extreme temperatures without compromising the goods inside. Different packaging materials offer different levels of protection for temperature sensitive items and different lengths of time for the contents to remain in a stable condition. For example, corrugated cardboard is suitable for temperatures as low as 5 degrees before deterioration sets in. Added insulated liners can delay the onset of deterioration further.

What are examples of temperature controlled goods?

Examples of temperature controlled goods include:

  • Pharmaceuticals.
  • Perishable food.
  • Frozen food.
  • Healthcare and medicine.
  • Chemicals.
  • Wine and beverages.
  • Chocolate and confectionery.
  • Floral products.

Are there any regulations regarding temperature controlled packaging?

There are several governing bodies for regulations around temperature controlled goods (and, by extension, their packaging). This includes the Food Standards Agency, International Air Transport Association (IATA) Regulations, International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) Standards and customs, import and export regulations.

What are passive and active systems?

In the context of cold chain packaging, passive and active systems refer to the methods used to maintain and control the temperature of products. Passive cold chain packaging relies on insulated containers and temperature control materials to maintain a stable temperature without needing active energy sources. Active systems rely on electronic components such as refrigerators or heating elements to actively control and regulate the temperature of goods and their packaging.

Sourcing temperature controlled packaging

Choosing the right temperature controlled packaging can help reduce your costs, lessen reliance on energy-intensive active systems (such as refrigerated transport), and minimise product recalls and returns caused by storage or transit damage.

With various options, including insulated box liners, we can customise your packaging to ensure its suitability whilst maintaining performance and protection for your goods.

Custom temperature controlled packaging can also help improve inventory management efficiency, packing speed and reduction of cold storage and shipping energy costs.

As well as bespoke sizes and materials, you can also choose to add printing to your outer packs, highlighting your brand and providing important information and instructions to your transport providers and customers.

Expertise in bespoke corrugated design

GWP understands that requirements for shipping orders, products or goods can vary significantly from business to business. As a result, you can source – and customise – a range of temperature controlled boxes and insulated box liners to suit your specific application.

GWP tailor virtually every product to meet your requirements. Whether this is the size, style, inserts, print or other customisation options, your packaging offers the optimum level of protection for your products. This approach also ensures you receive genuinely cost-effective pricing as you don’t pay for materials or features you don’t need.

As one of the UK’s leading temperature controlled packaging suppliers, GWP’s adoption of this methodology, coupled with over 30 years of experience, means you can be confident of seeing tangible benefits for your business. Reducing transit damage, minimising costs, and improving presentation are all possible.

Whatever your requirements, a team of experienced designers and engineers can advise on the best option for your business and application. And you can request free, no-obligation quotes on any insulated boxes or other packaging requirements.

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