Global Cold Chain Packaging Market by Product Type (Insulated Container & Boxes, Crates, Cold Packs, Labels, and Temperature Controlled Pallet Shippers); by Material type (Insulating Material, and Refrigerants); by Application (Fruit & Pulp Concentrates, Fruits & Vegetables, Dairy Products, Processed Food, Fish, Meat & Seafood, Pharmaceuticals, Bakery & Confectionaries, and Others), by Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa); - Global Forecasts 2021 to 2027

Date: Oct 2021 Report Id: 120 Category: Packaging Materials Report Format: pdf-img excel-img ppt-img word-img

The Global Cold Chain Packaging Market was valued at USD 20.5 Bn in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 45.6 Bn by 2027, with a growing CAGR of 12.1% during the forecast period.

The Global Cold Chain Packaging Market Definition:

Cold chain packaging is the packaging of any product that is temperature-sensitive, such as research samples, pharmaceuticals, or frozen foods. Cold chain packaging is an important process used for maintaining the thermal integrity in temperature-sensitive items during the time of preservation, transportation, and distribution.

Cold Chain Packaging Market

The Global Cold Chain Packaging Market Dynamics:

The cold chain packaging market is accounted to boost at a significant pace in the forecast period. The cold chain packaging market is majorly experiencing traction owing to the growing demand for perishable products. This growing demand is due to increased consumers awareness regarding maintaining health and wellness, and the positive effect that food nutrients have on the overall physical & mental development and growth in the body. This has led to an increase in the consumption of perishable foods, such as fruits & vegetables, high-protein animal-based products, and dairy products. The cold chain packaging market plays a crucial role in maintaining the supply of these perishable products and the ensuring availability of food supplies across the globe. Therefore, the rise in the demand for perishable food products along with the growth of international trade due to trade liberalization policies is responsible for driving the cold chain packaging industry growth.

Further, the expansion of the organized food retail industry is another major factor contributing to driving the cold chain packaging market. Key food retail chains such as Tesco, Walmart, 7-Eleven, and Spar are heavily investing in expanding their outlets in developed markets such as Germany, the US, and the UK as well as in emerging nations including Brazil, China, and Argentina. Walmart, the largest retailer across the globe already has 11,000 retail stores located across 27 countries. The multinational retail corporation has unveiled its $11 billion capital expenditures guidance for Fiscal 2019 that includes investment plans to remodel approximately 500 stores and open 20 new locations. The giant has well-established transportation and distribution network for the supply of perishable goods. Therefore, the emergence of such giant retailers and their expanding operations in international trade are expected to create growth opportunities for the refrigerated warehousing and transportation market. 

The Global Cold Chain Packaging Market Segmentation:

By Product Type

  • Insulated Container & Boxes
    • Medium
    • Large
    • Small
    • Petite
    • X-Small
  • Crates
    • Pharmaceutical
    • Dairy
    • Fisheries
    • Horticulture
  • Cold Packs
  • Labels
  • Temperature Controlled Pallet Shippers

By Material Type

  • Insulating Material
    • Polyurethane rigid foam (PUR)
    • Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)
    • Cryogenic Tanks
    • Vacuum Insulated Panel (VIP)
    • Others
  • Refrigerants
    • Fluorocarbons
    • Inorganics
      1. Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
      2. Ammonia
    • Hydrocarbon

By Application

  • Fruit & Pulp Concentrates
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Dairy Products
    • Butter
    • Milk
    • Ice Cream
    • Cheese
  • Processed Food
  • Fish, Meat & Seafood
  • Pharmaceuticals
    • Blood Banking
    • Vaccines
  • Bakery & Confectionaries
  • Others

By Region

    • North America
    • Asia-Pacific
    • Latin America
    • Middle East and Africa
    • Europe

The unique insights provided by this report also include the following:

  • In-Depth Value Chain Analysis
  • Market Opportunity Mapping
  • Sector Snapshot
  • Key Players Positioning Matrix
  • Regulatory Scenario
  • Strategies Adopted-Benchmarking Heat Map
  • Market Trends
  • Covid-19 Impact Analysis
  • Product Comparison
  • Pre & Post Covid 19 Impact On Cold Chain Packaging Market
  • Competitive Landscape

Based on product type, the insulated container and boxes segment accounted for the major share in the cold chain packaging market due to the increasing demand for reusable insulated containers across several applications

Based on product type, the cold chain packaging industry is divided into insulated containers & boxes, crates, cold packs, labels, and temperature-controlled pallet shippers. Among these, the insulated container and boxes segment accounted for the major market share. This is mainly due to the increasing demand for reusable insulated containers across several applications, such as fruits & vegetables, processed food, and fish, meat & seafood among others. In addition, these insulated containers & boxes help in minimizing the chance of condensation that damages the stored goods from rapidly changing temperatures by preventing the entry of rainwater inside. They also allow the goods to store for a longer duration without concerning about damages. These benefits offered by the insulated container and boxes are positively impacting the product demand.

Based on application, fish, meat & seafood application held the largest share in the cold chain packaging industry in the year 2020 mainly due to increasing volumes of meat products being exported from the Brazil and U.S. market

Based on application, the cold chain packaging market is fragmented into fruit & pulp concentrates, fruits & vegetables, dairy products, processed food, fish, meat & seafood, pharmaceuticals, bakery & confectionaries, and others. Among these, fish, meat & seafood application held the largest share in the cold chain packaging industry in the year 2020. This high share is due to the rising volumes of meat products such as chicken and beef, increasingly being exported from the Brazil and U.S. market. These meat products are prone to continuous, irreversible, and natural bio-physiochemical changes, and require to be stored at a particular frozen temperature range during their storage and transit activities. This has created a high demand for the cold chain industry, thereby majorly driving the cold chain packaging market.

Based on regions, Europe has dominated the cold chain packaging market across the globe owing to the high demand for advanced temperature packaging and monitoring solutions in this region. 

Based on region, the cold chain packaging market is segmented as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. Among these, Europe has dominated the cold chain packaging industry across the globe. The growth in this region is mainly attributed to the Western European countries including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the U.K. There is a drastic difference in the temperature profile of the countries in this region. Owing to this, advanced temperature packaging and monitoring solutions are needed to transport products that are temperature sensitive thus surging the cold chain packaging market demand. In addition, many major companies in this region are heavily investing in research and development activities to create advanced and innovative cold chain packaging solutions. For instance, in January 2020, Sofrigam, a company that designs high-quality cold chain shipping packaging solutions launched its Coldway Inside Technology at Temperature Control and Logistics (TCL), a leading conference in Europe held to discuss supply chain, temperature-controlled, and logistics for the pharmaceutical industry. This advanced solution helps in keeping the products intact requiring temperature between 0 and +25°C for up to 24 hours without any connection.

The report also provides in-depth analysis of Cold Chain Packaging market dynamics such as drivers, restraints opportunities and challenges


  • Increasing consumer demand for perishable goods
  • Rising demand for safe packaging solutions from pharmaceutical industry


  • Lack of appropriate infrastructure in emerging markets
  • Environmental constraints regarding greenhouse gas emissions


  • Growth in the organized retail sector

Note: Challenges along with in-depth market dynamics analysis is mentioned in the report.

COVID-19 impact on the Cold Chain Packaging market analysis

The Covid-19 pandemic has majorly affected the growth of the cold chain packaging market across the globe. The outbreak has put immense pressure on the pharmaceuticals and food & beverages industries. These industries were put under essential services by the government in major economies, resulting in creating lucrative growth opportunities in the cold chain packaging industry. Covid-19 has prominently driven the cold storage industry by creating the need to store vaccines such as Moderna and Sputnik that needs cold storage up to -20°C.  In addition, the pandemic has majorly impacted the supply chain across several industry verticals due to the lockdown imposed by several nations. This has resulted in food manufacturers shifting their focus not only to the food products, but also on their storage to improve their shelf-life, which is projected to create a higher demand in cold chain industry. Additionally, the lockdown imposed has created panic among consumers and shifted their focus towards an organized retail market to avoid any further virus outbreaks. This has led them to stockpile processed food products that has a longer shelf life to perishable foods items, creating a surge in the cold chain industry. Therefore, the outbreak has created a positive impact on the growth cold chain market, resulting in higher need for cold chain packaging and warehousing.

The report also provides an in-depth analysis of key trends in Cold Chain Packaging market

  • Higher demand for processed food due to changing lifestyle of consumers is expected to positively drive the cold chain packaging market. Increased intake of processed foods such as canned beans, canned meat, pickles and jams, chocolate bars, and other food items by people across the globe is projected to drive the cold chain packaging industry.
  • The rapidly growing pharmaceutical industry is creating a major impact on chain packaging solutions. This is due to companies needing effective solutions to preserve and store medicines, vacancies, blood samples, and other temperature-sensitive medical items. Owing to this, the cold chain packaging has been experiencing positive trend in the market.

The report also provides in-depth analysis of recent news developments and investments

  • In March 2021, Sonoco ThermoSafe, the leading provider and innovator of temperature-assured packaging solutions announced its partnership with Unilode Aviation Solutions. This partnership is expected to enable Sonoco ThermoSafe in providing efficient and safe transport of pharmaceuticals and other temperature-sensitive products across the globe.
  • In June 2020, Softbox Systems’, a passive temperature control packaging solutions provider launched an eco-packaging solution known as “Tempcell ECO”. This new eco-packaging solution is manufactured using 100% corrugated cardboard and is a recyclable parcel shipper that could be temperature controlled for the pharmaceutical cold chain industry.

Company Profiles and Competitive Intelligence

The key players operating in the cold chain packaging industry are:

  • Cold Chain Technologies
  • Pelican BioThermal
  • Orora Packaging Solutions
  • Sonoco ThermoSafe
  • Sofrigam
  • Intelsius
  • Nordic Cold Chain Solutions
  • SINO Group
  • ameriCOLD
  • Cascades Inc.
  • Cryopak A TCP Company
  • va-Q-tec
  • CSafe Global, LLC
  • Softbox Systems Ltd.
  • TOWER Cold Chain Solutions
  • DGP Intelsius LLC
  • TemperPack Technologies, Inc.
  • Tempack Packaging Solutions SL.
  • Sealed Air Corporation
  • Fedex Corporation
  • Amerisourcebergen Corporation
  • Coolpac
  • Softbox Systems Ltd.
  • Clip-Lok SimPak
  • Other Notable Players

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The global Cold Chain Packaging market was valued at USD 20.5 Bn in 2020 and is anticipated to reach USD 45.6 Bn by 2027.
The Cold Chain Packaging Market is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.1% during forecast period.
The Europe regional segment has dominated the Cold Chain Packaging Market.
A few key players include, but not limited to: Cold Chain Technologies, Pelican BioThermal, Orora Packaging Solutions, Sonoco ThermoSafe and Sofigram among others.
Yes, the report contains detailed COVID-19 analysis for Cold Chain Packaging Market.
Author Credentials

Priyanka has been writing chemicals & material market research reports for the last 12 years. A post-graduate, her specialization is in the chemicals sector. Preparing end-to-end reports covering minute details for market insights, competitive intelligence and trend analysis in the CMFE sector.

  1. Introduction
    1. Product Outline
    2. Cold Chain Packaging Overview
    3. Different Types Of Cold Chain Packaging 
    4. Analysis Of Cold Chain Packaging Ecosystem
    5. Supply Chain Analysis
    6. Covid -19 Impact
    7. Market Dynamics
      1. Drivers
      2. Restraints
      3. Opportunities
      4. Threats
    8. Technology Overview
  2. Technology and Regulatory Landscape for Cold Chain Packaging    
    1. Regulations and Standards
  3. Cold Chain Packaging Market Pricing Analysis
    1. Prices of Cold Chain Packaging   
  4. Cold Chain Packaging Market by Product Type
    1. Insulated Container & Boxes
        1. Medium
        2. Large
        3. Small
        4. Petite
    2. X-Small
    3. Crates
        1. Pharmaceutical
        2. Dairy
        3. Fisheries
    4. Horticulture
    5. Cold Packs
    6. Labels
    7. Temperature Controlled Pallet Shippers
  5. Cold Chain Packaging Market by Material Type
    1. Insulating Material
        1.  Polyurethane rigid foam (PUR)
        2. Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)
        3. Cryogenic Tanks
        4. Vacuum Insulated Panel (VIP)
        5. Others
    2. Refrigerants
      1. Fluorocarbons
      2. Inorganics
        1. Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
        2. Ammonia
      3. Hydrocarbon
  6. Cold Chain Packaging Market by Application
    1. Fruit & Pulp Concentrates
    2. Fruits & Vegetables
    3. Dairy Products
        1. Butter
        2. Milk
        3. Ice Cream
        4. Cheese
    4. Processed Food
    5. Fish, Meat & Seafood
    6. Pharmaceuticals
        1. Blood Banking
        2. Vaccines
    7. Bakery & Confectionaries
    8. Others
  7. Regional Analysis
    1. North America
      1. US
      2. Canada
      3. Mexico
    2. Europe
      1. Germany
      2. UK
      3. France
      4. Norway
      5. Italy
      6. Spain
      7. Netherlands
      8. Rest Of Europe
    3. Asia Pacific
      1. China
      2. India
      3. Japan
      4. Australia
      5. New Zealand
      6. Rest Of Asia Pacific
    4. Middle East and Africa
    5. South America
  8. Key Strategic Insights
    1. New Raw Material Sources
    2. New Applications
    3. Emerging Technologies
    4. Opportunity mapping
    5. Critical Success Factors
    6. Environmental Impact and sustainability issues
    7. Consumer preferences
  9. Key Market Trends / Recent Developments
  10. Competitive Scenario
    1. Competitive Strategies of Key Players
      1. Mergers and Acquisitions
      2. Investments
      3. Joint Ventures
      4. New Product launches
    2. Strength of product portfolio
    3. Ranking of Key Players
    4. Presence of players by Geographies
  11. Key Global Players
    1. Cold Chain Technologies
    2. Pelican BioThermal
    3. Orora Packaging Solutions
    4. Sonoco ThermoSafe
    6. Sofrigam
    7. Intelsius
    8. Nordic Cold Chain Solutions
    9. SINO Group
    10. ameriCOLD
    11. Cascades Inc.
    12. Cryopak A TCP Company
    13. va-Q-tec
    14. CSafe Global, LLC
    15. Softbox Systems Ltd.

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