US-based lunch bags and totes maker PackIt has expanded its delivery packaging options by launching three new commercial totes.

Freezable Ultra Tote, Delivery Tote and Ready Tote will enable meal kit and grocery delivery companies to deliver products using sustainable and reusable solutions.

PackIt founder Melissa Kieling said: “Currently, grocery and meal kit delivery companies are racing to capture market share in this explosive sector, but all face the same cold chain execution challenges.

“Their inability to keep perishables cold and at a food-safe temperature during distribution is resulting in expensive and complex distribution workarounds, product shrinkage and poor customer experience.”

PackIt added freezable gel into the walls of each tote using its Ecofreeze technology to offer various cooling time spans.

The Freezable Ultra and Delivery Totes have a cooling time span of 12 to 24 hours while the Freezable Ready Tote cools take between 8 and 12 hours.

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“This new ability to keep food cold during the final mile becomes the solution to greatly reduce costs.”

According to the company, the extended cooling duration will offer longer pack-out times, extended delivery windows and cost-saving efficiencies to retailers and other delivery firms.

Kieling added: “This new ability to keep food cold during the final mile becomes the solution to greatly reduce costs. A retailer can finally deliver top-quality and make a profit.

“I’m thrilled that after a decade in the consumer products space, we are bringing our technology to this burgeoning commercial space.”

Companies need to store the tote in the freezer overnight, which will generate waves of cold air to keep food and drinks cool during delivery.