4 Reasons Why You Should Stop Using Corrugated Boxes to Ship Your Food
Selecting the right packaging is a crucial part of shipping temperature-sensitive items. Most packaging teams think about three parts of the packaging: The corrugated outer box, the cooler, and the refrigerants. Each of these things costs you money and affects the amount of waste in the environment. While companies like ours always focus on making packaging environmentally friendly, most don’t realize that you don’t always need the outer box to protect the shipment from damage.
Cold chain management is important for transporting temperature-sensitive products such as pharmaceuticals, biologics, and food items. Temperature maintenance during shipping is essential to ensure the safety and efficacy of the product.
For example, If nuts are exposed to hot weather during shipping, they can be affected in
- Quality Degradation: High temperatures can cause nuts to deteriorate in quality, becoming rancid, discolored, or moldy. This can affect the product’s taste, texture, and overall quality, making them unsuitable for consumption.
- Shelf Life Reduction: Nuts have a relatively short shelf life, and exposure to high temperatures can shorten it even further. This can result in the product being disposed of before it can be sold, leading to losses for the company.
- Oil Leakage: Some nuts contain a high amount of oil, which can cause them to leak during shipping if exposed to high temperatures. This can result in the product becoming contaminated and unsalable, causing significant losses for the company.
- Packaging Damage: High temperatures can cause packaging to become weakened, which can lead to tears and punctures, allowing air and moisture into the package. This can cause further deterioration of the nuts and affect their quality and shelf life.
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Here are three reasons why switching to specialized temperature-controlled packaging is essential for customer satisfaction and safety.
- Insufficient Insulation
Corrugated boxes are designed for general packaging and do not provide the necessary insulation to maintain temperature-sensitive products within the required temperature range. This can lead to temperature excursions and potential spoilage, causing significant losses for the company and affecting the safety and efficacy of the product. The lack of insulation in corrugated boxes makes them unreliable for cold chain management.
- Lack of Durability
Cardboard is also not designed for rugged transport and can be easily damaged in transit, compromising the integrity of the cold chain and putting the product at risk. In addition, the flimsy construction of corrugated boxes makes them susceptible to puncture, which can result in the release of temperature-controlled refrigerants, causing temperature excursions and spoilage. The lack of durability in corrugated boxes makes them unsuitable for transporting temperature-sensitive products.
- Limited Reusability
Corrugate is designed for single use because they need to be cleaned or sanitized for reuse. In addition, using single-use corrugated boxes for cold chain management can contribute to environmental waste and harm the planet. The limited reusability of corrugated boxes makes them an unsustainable option for cold chain management.
- Poor Protection Against Temperature Fluctuations
Lastly, corrugated boxes do not provide adequate protection against temperature fluctuations, which can cause temperature excursions and spoilage. EPS, the material used to make coolers, is designed as an insulator. It keeps temperatures stable and is durable enough that it won’t be easily damaged on a typical trip. Without this insulator, temperature fluctuations will occur, which can result in significant losses for the company and affect the safety and efficacy of the product. The poor protection against temperature fluctuations in corrugated boxes makes them unreliable for cold chain management.
TempAid Cold Chain Solutions
40 Years Experience
TempAid™, a division of Rapid Aid Corp., manufactures a complete line of cold chain solutions designed for optimal temperature stability in the food, pharmaceutical, and laboratory sectors. As part of the Rapid Aid brand, the company has been delivering solutions to the market since 1975. The company has the capacity and manufacturing capability to deliver hundreds of millions of units per year.
Cold Chain Packaging Options and Components
There are different cold chain packaging options and components to help maintain the integrity of the products.
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About TempAid Cold Chain Packaging
TempAid specializes in providing temperature-controlled packaging solutions for the transportation of temperature-sensitive products. With a range of temperature-controlled packaging options, TempAid can help you find the perfect solution for your cold chain management needs. Whether you need insulation, temperature monitoring, or specialized packaging, TempAid has the expertise and experience to help you achieve your cold chain management goals.
By switching to temperature-controlled packaging, you can ensure the safety and efficacy of your temperature-sensitive products, reduce the risk of spoilage and temperature excursions, and lower your costs. Whether transporting pharmaceuticals, biologics, or food items, temperature-controlled packaging can help you achieve your cold chain management goals.
Don’t risk the safety and efficacy of your temperature-sensitive products. Contact TempAid today for a full analysis of your temperature-controlled packaging needs and discover the benefits of temperature-controlled packaging for your cold chain management needs.
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