April 4, 2006
Which companies have the best packaging for shipping chocolate to warm climates? The best packaging would be environmentally sustainable (recyclable or reusable) and would be sized to fit the item being shipped.
I recently ordered an eight piece truffle box from a large US based chocolate company with international distribution. It was shipped to a warm climate via second day air. I assumed they would have state of the art packaging. My small box of chocolates was packed in a styrofoam box the size of a large picnic cooler with a brown corrugated box around the styrofoam. The ice pack inside had melted, but the truffles were in good shape.
Is there a better method for shipping chocolate to warm climates? If so, which companies are using the best packaging?
This is really the best way to ship chocolate. You need to be able to keep the box cool thoughout its entire shipping period. A number of chocolate manufacturers and distributers do regular checks on new packaging as it comes on the market. From everyone that I've talked to this is the best way to go. It is also what we will use when we start shipping to the public in several months time.
You can use those starch based packing peanuts though. That would definitely help.
When you think of the environmental that the shipping will have, you also have to calculate the environmental impact of having to ship a package twice if it wasn't cool enough.
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