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Explore our range of chilled packaging solutions

We have solutions suitable for bulk supply chain distribution and ecommerce shipments. Our thermal packaging range is perfect for protecting temperature sensitive products in transit. From pallet covers to postal envelopes, we have temperature controlled packaging for all aspects of your business.

Using an appropriate coolant will cold temperatures are maintained in transit, and Macfarlane Packaging can supply these too! Alternatively, if your products are sensitive to the cold, our temperature controlled packaging range can also be used for retaining heat during shipping.

Our specialist team can advise you on the temperature controlled packaging for your products. Macfarlane’s experts can also help you with packing processes to ensure that your products arrive in perfect condition to its final destination.

In addition to our “off the shelf” thermal packaging products, we can also help you with custom packaging design.

Download our FREE Temperature Controlled Packaging Guide

Our temperature controlled packaging guide will showcase:

  • The range of thermal packaging products available from Macfarlane Packaging
  • Information about the recyclability of the temperature controlled packaging products
  • A handy packing guide
  • Examples of how Macfarlane Packaging can help customers with temperature controlled packaging solutions

Explore our range of Chilled Packaging products


RecycoolMe is a great sustainable packaging solution for shipping temperature sensitive goods that is comprised of an outer box with recyclable paper based liners.

RecyCold® Climaliner™

Macfarlane Packaging’s RecyCold® Climaliner™ is the perfect sustainable thermal packaging product to protect food and beverages. Our Geami filled liners are available in both a single or double layer. The liners offer up to 48 hours of thermal protection against temperature fluctuations for frozen, chilled and ambient products.


Macfarlane Packaging’s Coolimate® shipper combines a double wall cardboard box and metalised bubble liners to keep products at the perfect temperature throughout their journey. Our Coolimate® packs include an outer box and metalised bubble liners that reflect 97% of radiant heat away, ensuring that your chilled goods remain in good condition upon arrival.

RecyCold® cool pack

RecyCold® cool packs are designed to keep products in transport cool ensuring they are in the best condition upon arrival. The cool packs work best with food ensuring that it stays chilled during transit.RecyCold® cool packs can be used to maintain temperatures between 2 to 8 degrees and -2 to -5 degrees Celsius.

Ice Sheets

Macfarlane Packaging’s Ice Sheets are a strong chilled packaging product which helps ensure your perishable goods stay cool in transit. Our Ice sheets are also safe to use, clean and pure. The Ice Sheets are perfect for chilling products that require a uniform packaging service, such as meal trays.

Gel Packs

Macfarlane Packaging’s Gel Packs are created from highly purified water which has been through a 6-stage filtration, UV sterilisation, softening, and chlorination process. This means they’re less susceptible to deformations, allowing the packs to remain more uniform in shape.

Hydro-Freeze Ice Packs

Macfarlane Packaging’s Hydro-Freeze Ice Packs are a dry ice alternative. The ice packs work best when frozen at or below -22°C to activate a phase change. Our hydro-freeze ice packs are perfect for shipping frozen foods to ensure that the temperature of the food is maintained whilst in transit.


Sorbatek are non-hydrated ice sheets which will allow your business to save storage space, with one box offering the equivalent quality as a full pallet of hydrated ice packs.orbatek maintains temperatures for up to 48 hours when combined with our CooliMate® shippers to help ensure that perishable goods remain in the best condition.

Custom Chilled Packaging and Temperature Controlled Packaging from Macfarlane

Custom temperature controlled packaging

If you want to brand your temperature controlled packaging or need a specialist design, we can help you with custom temperature controlled packaging. Contact us for more information.

FAQs about our chilled packaging range

What is chilled packaging?

Chilled packaging is packaging that is designed to preserve the temperature of goods during shipping. It is used to protect products such as food (including meat, dairy, fish and prepared meals), drinks, pharmaceuticals and other temperature sensitive products.

You may also see this type of packaging referred to as temperature controlled packaging, as well as thermal packaging.

During use, thermal packaging will maintain an ambient, chilled, or frozen temperature within a pack, if paired with an appropriate coolant. This type of packaging is widely used in cold chain logistics (where goods throughout the supply chain require low temperatures).  

Thermal packaging can also be used to retain heat, where goods are required to be kept at warm during shipping.

For more information about this kind of packaging, click to view our short guide.

What kinds of temperature controlled packaging can Macfarlane Packaging supply?

Macfarlane Packaging has an extensive range of thermal packaging and temperature controlled packaging. The range includes:

  • RecycoolMe – a 100% recyclable thermal packaging shipper
  • CooliMate® – an insulated thermal packaging shipper
  • Temperature controlled insulated bubble envelopes
  • Insulated pallet covers
  • Insulated roll cage covers
  • Breathable cargo covers for air freight
  • Thermal liners
  • Insulated pallet boxes
  • Various coolants

If you aren’t sure which solution you need, contact us to learn more.

Is temperature controlled packaging recyclable?

Whether or not your thermal packaging recyclable will depend on the composition of the material used in the pack.

If there is an outer box, the cardboard box will be recyclable at kerbside.

The liner used to the insulate the pack, may be made from a number of materials. These could include paper padding, metallic bubble, polystyrene, sheep’s wool and recycled fiber materials. Whether these can be recycled will depend on the local authority. Checking out websites like RecycleNow can also be useful in identifying whether or not packaging materials can be recycled.

Similarly, you should check locally if any coolants can be recycled. For example, you can empty the water from ice sheets one melted and see if the outer plastic material can be recycled.

You can have temperature controlled packaging solutions delivered to you from one of our regional distribution centres. UK delivery is available to and around the following locations:

Aberdeen, Aylesbury, Banbury, Barnsley, Bath, Bedford, Bicester, Birmingham , Bolton, Bradford, Bridgewater, Bridport, Bristol, Burton-upon-Trent , Cambridge, Chelmsford , Cheltenham, Chester , Chichester, Colchester Cornwall, Coventry, Crewe, Derby, Devon, Dewsbury, Dudley, Dundee, Durham, Edinburgh, Essex, Exeter, Fareham, Gateshead, Glasgow Glossop Gloucester, Grantham, Harlow, Heathrow, Hemel Hempstead, Hereford, High Wycombe, Horsham, Hull, Inverness, Isle of Wight, Kent, Kidderminster, Lancaster  Leamington Spa, Leeds, Lincoln, Liverpool , London , Luton , Manchester, Middlesborough, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Norfolk, North Wales , Northampton, Nottingham , Oldham, Oxford , Plymouth, Reading, Salisbury, Sheffield, Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury, Slough, Somerset , Somerton, South Shields, South Wales, Stafford, Stockport , Stoke-on-Trent , Stratford-Upon-Avon, Sudbury, Sunderland, Surrey, Sussex , Teesside, Telford, Uxbridge, Wakefield, Walsall, Warrington, Warwick , Watford, Wigan, Windsor, Wolverhampton, Worcester, Wrexham, Yeovil, York.

You can also have temperature controlled packaging from Macfarlane Packaging delivered across Ireland and Continental Europe. Click to find your closest UK location or nearest Continental European site.