The global cold chain packaging market size reached US$ 24.6 Billion in 2022. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 47.4 Billion by 2028, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 11.3% during 2023-2028. The significant expansion in the pharmaceutical industry, emerging technological advancements in cold chain packaging technologies, and the rising demand for perishable goods including fresh food, pharmaceuticals, and vaccines are some of the major factors propelling the market.
|Market Size in 2022
||US$ 24.6 Billion
|Market Forecast in 2028
||US$ 47.4 Billion
|Market Growth Rate (2023-2028)
Cold chain packaging is an essential component of the logistics industry, primarily designed to maintain the integrity and safety of temperature-sensitive products during transportation and storage. It includes specialized packaging materials and techniques to control and monitor temperature conditions, ensuring that items such as perishable foods, pharmaceuticals, and vaccines remain within specified temperature ranges. It typically contains insulated containers, refrigerants, and data loggers. Insulated containers are designed to provide thermal protection, while refrigerants maintain the desired temperature. Data loggers track temperature fluctuations throughout the journey, allowing for real-time monitoring and intervention if necessary. Additionally, it is essential for preserving product quality and safety.
The market is primarily driven by the rising demand for temperature-sensitive packaging solutions. In addition, the growing pharmaceutical and healthcare industries are generating a need for cold chain packaging solutions, thus influencing the market growth. Moreover, the rise of e-commerce and online grocery shopping led to the growing demand for cold chain packaging, representing another major growth-inducing factor. Along with this, consumers expect fresh and frozen goods to be delivered instantly to their doorsteps. This shift in consumer behavior has encouraged retailers and logistics companies to invest in advanced packaging solutions to meet these expectations. Besides this, the increasing product use in the rising food and beverage (F&B) industry for packing fresh, organic, and minimally processed food products is accelerating the sales demand. As a result, food producers and distributors are adopting cold chain packaging to maintain the quality and safety of these products throughout the supply chain, thus contributing to the market growth.
Cold Chain Packaging Market Trends/Drivers:
The rising demand for perishable goods
The market is driven by the changing consumer preferences. In addition, consumers are seeking fresh and frozen products, such as fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, and seafood, thus influencing the market growth. Additionally, the shift in consumer behavior toward healthier and more convenient food options requires a reliable and efficient cold chain to preserve the quality and safety of these products, thus augmenting market growth. Moreover, the growing middle-class population, and the increasing demand for imported and exotic perishable items, represent another major growth-inducing factor. It ensures these goods reach their destinations without compromising their quality. Furthermore, the implementation of stringent food safety regulations and quality standards is escalating the need for advanced packaging solutions, and the growing investments in innovative packaging technologies and temperature-controlled storage facilities, are propelling the market growth.
The significant expansion in the pharmaceutical industry
The market is driven by the increasing demand for temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals and biologics. In addition, the development of advanced drugs and vaccines requires precise temperature control to maintain their efficacy, thus escalating the demand for reliable cold chain packaging solutions. Moreover, pharmaceuticals, such as mRNA vaccines and certain biologics, are sensitive to temperature variations, requiring specialized packaging to ensure their integrity throughout the distribution process, which represents another major growth-inducing factor. Besides this, pharmaceutical companies are now operating on a global scale, with the need to transport their products across the globe resulting in cross-border shipments, which further accelerates the demand for enhanced cold chain logistics and packaging solutions to safeguard the potency of these sensitive products. Furthermore, the widespread adoption of advanced cold chain packaging technologies, including temperature-monitoring systems, insulated containers, and advanced data tracking are further propelling the market growth.
The emerging technological advancements in cold chain packaging technologies
The market is driven by the integration of Internet of Things (IoT) sensors into cold chain packaging solutions. These sensors provide real-time monitoring of temperature, humidity, and other environmental factors, ensuring that products, especially perishables including pharmaceuticals and food items, remain within the specified temperature range which protects the quality and safety of the goods and enhances compliance with regulatory requirements. Moreover, several advancements in insulation materials are contributing to more efficient thermal protection, representing another major growth-inducing factor. Along with this, modern insulating materials are highly effective in maintaining temperature stability while reducing transportation costs and environmental impact, thus propelling market growth. Furthermore, the introduction of automated packaging systems to improve efficiency and reduce the risk of human errors during the packing process which streamlines operations, ultimately leading to cost savings and increased reliability, thus influencing the market growth.
Cold Chain Packaging Industry Segmentation:
IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each segment of the global cold chain packaging market report, along with forecasts at the global, regional, and country levels for 2023-2028. Our report has categorized the market based on product and end user.
Breakup by Product:
- Insulated Container and Boxes
- Cold Packs
- Temperature Controlled Pallet Shippers
Insulated Container and Boxes presently account for the largest market share
The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the product. This includes insulated containers and boxes (large, medium, small, x-small, and petite), crates (dairy, pharmaceutical, fisheries, horticulture), cold packs, labels, and temperature controlled pallet shippers. According to the report, insulated container and boxes accounted for the largest market share.
The insulated containers and boxes market is driven by their ability to maintain a stable internal temperature, shielding perishable items from temperature fluctuations. In addition, it is essential for products such as vaccines, drugs, and fresh produce, where even slight temperature deviations can compromise efficacy or spoilage, thus contributing to the market growth.
Furthermore, these containers are available in various sizes and configurations, accommodating numerous products, from small, single-use insulated boxes for individual shipments to large, reusable containers for bulk transport, thus propelling the market growth.
Along with this, it is durable which is constructed from enhanced materials, and built to withstand the rigors of transportation, ensuring the contents remain unscathed which offers cost-effectiveness over the long term, as these containers can be reused multiple times, thus creating a positive market outlook.
Breakup by End User:
Food industry holds the largest share of the market
A detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the end user have also been provided in the report. This includes food, dairy, pharmaceutical, and others. According to the report, food industry accounted for the largest market share.
The food market is driven by the rising demand for cold chain packaging solutions in the food and beverage (F&B) sector. In addition, food items require strict temperature control to maintain their quality and safety. This necessity has spurred innovation in packaging materials and technology to ensure that food remains fresh and uncontaminated throughout the supply chain.
Moreover, the food supply chain has grown increasingly complex due to factors such as globalization, changing consumer preferences, and the need for longer shelf lives. Consequently, cold chain packaging solutions are indispensable for preserving the integrity of food products during transportation and storage.
Furthermore, the integration of insulated containers and refrigerated trucks into specialized packaging materials such as temperature-controlled thermal liners and gel packs is catering to the unique demands of the food sector.
Breakup by Region:
- North America
- United Kingdom
- Asia Pacific
- South Korea
- Latin America
- Middle East and Africa
Europe exhibits a clear dominance in the market
The market research report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of all the major regional markets, which include North America (the United States and Canada); Europe (Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, and others); Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, and others); Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and others); and the Middle East and Africa. According to the report, Europe accounted for the largest market share.
Europe has a well-established infrastructure that supports the packaging sector. In addition, advanced transportation networks, refrigeration facilities, and warehousing capabilities ensure the safe and efficient handling of temperature-sensitive goods, a critical requirement for industries such as pharmaceuticals, food, and chemicals, thus influencing the market growth.
Along with this, the implementation of stringent quality standards and regulatory compliance by the European Union to guarantee product integrity and safety during transit is propelling the market growth. Besides this, technological advancements in packaging solutions, and several innovations such as real-time temperature monitoring, IoT integration, and sustainable packaging options originated from the laboratories and research and development (R&D) centers of European companies are accelerating sales demand. These innovations improve the efficiency of cold chain logistics and reduce environmental impact, aligning with the sustainability agenda.
Nowadays, key players are constantly striving to strengthen their positions by adopting various strategic approaches and innovations. While each company may have its unique strategies, several common trends and actions can be observed among these industry leaders. They are investing in research and development (R&D) activities which allow them to develop advanced technologies and materials that enhance the efficiency and reliability of their packaging solutions with several innovations in insulation materials, temperature-monitoring devices, and eco-friendly packaging options. Moreover, companies are recognizing the importance of tailoring their solutions to meet the specific needs of their clients and working closely with customers to design and deliver custom cold chain packaging solutions, ensuring that they align perfectly with their client's requirements. Furthermore, key players are expanding their presence and establishing partnerships, alliances, or acquiring local companies to widen their reach to offer comprehensive cold chain solutions and better serve multinational clients with complex supply chains.
The market research report has provided a comprehensive analysis of the competitive landscape in the market. Detailed profiles of all major companies have also been provided. Some of the key players in the market include:
- Cascades Inc.
- Cold Chain Technologies Inc.
- Creopack Inc.
- Cryopak Industries Inc.
- DGP Intelsius Ltd.
- Pelican Products, Inc.
- Sealed Air Corporation
- Softbox Systems Ltd. (CSafe Global LLC)
- Sonoco Products Company
- In December 2021, CSafe Global LLC, the provider of temperature-controlled container solutions for the pharmaceutical sector revealed its acquisition of Softbox Systems, a company specializing in passive temperature-controlled packaging solutions for life sciences, pharmaceuticals, and cold chain logistics which is a strategic move substantially enhancing CSafe's passive products portfolio.
- In March 2021, Sonoco Products Company collaborated with Unilode Aviation Solutions, a leading player in outsourced Unit Load Device (ULD) management and repair services, to offer maintenance, repair, and handling services for Sonoco ThermoSafe's passive bulk temperature-controlled containers at strategic locations which holds significant importance as it ensures the secure and streamlined transportation of pharmaceuticals and other temperature-sensitive goods on a global scale.
- Pelican Products Inc, rebrands to Peli BioThermal, a provider of temperature-controlled packaging solutions, is unifying its brand across the globe which will now be known as Peli BioThermal. The company will introduce an additional portfolio of offerings, including rental programs, thermal shippers, outsourcing services, and new technology that connects all aspects of the cold chain for its customers.
Cold Chain Packaging Market Report Scope:
|Base Year of the Analysis
|Scope of the Report
||Exploration of Historical Trends and Market Outlook, Industry Catalysts and Challenges, Segment-Wise Historical and Predictive Market Assessment:
- Insulated Container and Boxes: Large, Medium, Small, X-Small, Petite
- Crates: Dairy, Pharmaceutical, Fisheries, Horticulture
- Cold Packs
- Temperature Controlled Pallet Shippers
|End Users Covered
||Food, Dairy, Pharmaceutical, Others
||Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
||United States, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico
||Cascades Inc., Chill-Pak, Cold Chain Technologies Inc., CoolPac, Creopack, Cryopak Industries Inc., DGP Intelsius Ltd., Pelican Products Inc., Sealed Air Corporation, Sofrigam, Softbox Systems Ltd. (CSafe Global LLC), Sonoco Products Company, etc.
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Key Benefits for Stakeholders:
- IMARC’s industry report offers a comprehensive quantitative analysis of various market segments, historical and current market trends, market forecasts, and dynamics of the cold chain packaging market from 2017-2028.
- The research report provides the latest information on the market drivers, challenges, and opportunities in the global cold chain packaging market.
- The study maps the leading, as well as the fastest-growing, regional markets. It further enables stakeholders to identify the key country-level markets within each region.
- Porter's five forces analysis assist stakeholders in assessing the impact of new entrants, competitive rivalry, supplier power, buyer power, and the threat of substitution. It helps stakeholders to analyze the level of competition within the cold chain packaging industry and its attractiveness.
- Competitive landscape allows stakeholders to understand their competitive environment and provides an insight into the current positions of key players in the market.