How to Ship Frozen Meat

Shipping frozen meat used to mean expensive refrigerated transport or shipping locally yourself, but with advances in temperature controlled packaging this is no longer the case. Temperature Controlled Packaging have made shipping frozen meat easy with 3 different solutions, each with their own benefits.

Shipping Frozen Meat

Fluctuations in ambient temperature can be detrimental to the condition of your shipment if not packaged correctly. Choosing the best insulation, coolant and shipping method for your particular needs is critical to ensuring your frozen products get to your customer unspoiled.

The Importance of Coolants

Serious problems can occur if not enough coolant is used in the finished package. If you allow the internal temperature to rise too high the meat will be susceptible to off flavours, odour and a change in texture. If left for long enough in a sub optimal environment, the meat will eventually spoil as a rise in temperature will increase the growth rate of microorganisms.

Keeping The Cold In And The Heat Out

Insulation comes in all different shapes and sizes with very different performance characteristics. At Temperature Controlled Packaging we only offer the best, polyethylene foam, double bubble foil and single bubble foil.
To keep radiant heat out double bubble and single bubble foil have a radiant barrier in the form of an aluminium coating. The aluminium coating is highly effective at reflecting radiant heat away from your goods.
Another method for keeping heat out is with the use a foam insulation such as polyethylene foam. polyethylene foam creates a thick barrier between the ambient temperature outside and your frozen goods inside. Another benefit to foam insulation is the added protection should your goods get dropped.

Step By Step Guide

1. Insulation

Choosing the right insulation for your application will save you time and money in the long run. For small next day AM shipments, foil coated envelopes are a quick and simple solution. For larger shipments or for products that require over 48 hours of refrigeration during transit, we would recommend a double bubble double foil insulation. If your goods require a little extra protection from bumps and drops then polyethylene foam insulation would be a better fit.

2. Packing Out

After carefully placing your goods in your chosen container its time to add your coolants. If you are using dry ice, place blocks of it on top of your frozen products. You can increase thermal performance by adding dry ice pellets in any air gaps.
Gel packs can be used in place of dry ice, simply place them on top of your frozen products and around the sides.
Note – If you are only using Gel packs the meat will be in a defrosted state by the time it reaches your customer. if you would like the meat to be frozen then dry ice must be used.

3. Minimise Air Space

Minimising air space in the package will increase thermal performance, this can be achieved by adding loose fill or if you are using the CooliMate Shipper, folding down the insulation as low as possible.

4. Close container

Close the container, if you have used dry ice you must allow it to vent so do not seal the container completely. Venting is necessary to allow the dry ice to sublime.

Small Shipments

Our thermal insulated envelopes are a great solution for shipping small quantities of frozen meat to your customers. When used with frozen ice sheets these insulated envelopes will give a thermal performance of 24 hours. They are best used for next day AM deliveries.

Small to Large Shipments

CooliMate Shippers are a reliable and trusted way to ship frozen, chilled and ambient products all in one box. Our customer that have used these shippers have been able to maintain internal temperatures for up to and impressive 72 hours.

Medium to Large Shipments

For larger shipments that require a little more protection from bumps during transit the PharmaFood System is the ideal solution. This shipper is designed for next day delivery with a chilled performance of over 24 hours.