How to Ship Fruits & Vegetables


Shipping Fruits and Vegetables

Shipping grapefruits in the middle of summer or apricots in the dead of winter can be successful.

Follow these steps to ensure your products reach their destination in perfect condition.

  • Step-by-Step to Ship Fruits & Vegetables:
    1. Select fruits that are sturdy enough to endure shipping. Those with hard skins (apples, pears, citrus, apricots, and cherries) are good travelers. Softer fruits (plums and peaches) will only arrive safely with extra packaging and careful handling. Avoid berries and other fragile fruits.
    2. Choose perfect fruit (no bruises, brown spots or damage) that is slightly under-ripe.
    3. Determine the best shipping box. Wooden crates are preferred for fragile fruit but corrugated boxes are fine if enough padding is used. Choose a box large enough to include the padding needed to protect the food from mishandling and temperature changes.
    4. Prepare the box by lining it with an InsulTote insulated bubble wrap box liner; this product acts as a heat deflector and insulator (InsulTote offers many sizes of box liners with no minimum order required).
    5. Wrap each fruit individually in tissue or brown packaging paper and place it in a single layer on top of the prepared insulated bubble wrap. Add packing peanuts to fill in any gaps. Then place a box liner sheet on top of the fruit.
    6. Continue layering fruit and InsulTote box liners until the box is completely full. More padding decreases the chance that your product will be damaged in transit.
    7. Ship the box overnight if possible. Depending on the weather, sturdy fruits will stand up to 2 – 3 day shipping. Plan to ship early in the week to avoid your package waiting in transit over the weekend.

Note: Know the laws regarding interstate shipments and prohibited fruits. Contact the Department of Agriculture in the state(s) where you plan to ship. Look online for the specific state; most websites will also list a help line. Your local post office is a source of information as well. Ignore this step and risk paying large fines for shipping prohibited produce, plants and other items!

Stay tuned for step-by-step instructions on shipping flowers, herbs and plants. Visit for your insulated packaging needs and more shipping solutions.

How to Ship Chocolate, Confections or Cheese

Shipping Chocolate

Chocolate melts at 100°F or 36°C, and it softens at 80°F or 26°C. Chocolate can be melted and re-melted hundreds of times without it affecting the taste. But softening will change the shape! If you do not want any softening, use dry ice and an insulated container liner.

  • Step-by-Step to Ship Chocolate, Confections or Cheese:
    1. Prepare confections, chocolate or cheese by refrigerating before shipping.
    2. Wrap it in parchment paper or similar material. Chocolate must also be put into a sealed container to protect it from moisture.
    3. Choose a box two to three times the size of the food being shipped for additional protection from mishandling and temperature changes.
    4. Protect the food with an InsulTote insulated bubble wrap box liner; this product acts as a heat deflector and insulator while keep your product snug. InsulTote offers many sizes of box liners — no minimum order required.
    5. Fill the box with additional packing material such as packing peanuts to stabilize the box.
    6. Add cold packs. Expected delivery time and heat experience during transit will dictate the size and number of packs. A small box (9 x 6.5 x 4) may need just one 2-4 oz. cold pack. Put the cold pack in a sealable plastic bag or wrap it in newspaper to help insure it doesn’t sweat on your package.
    7. Tape the box around all seams so that the cold air doesn’t get out and the hot air doesn’t get in.
    8. Address the box and write “Keep Refrigerated” on the box so the recipient knows to put the contents into the fridge as soon as they get it.
    9. Ship the package overnight, preferably at the beginning of the week to lessen the chance that your package will sit on a loading dock over the weekend. Take into consideration the climate conditions of the destination. If you are shipping foods, especially chocolate, someplace warm, speed is of the essence. If the package is going to a cool area, the urgency is not as great.

Some customers may not want to pay a premium for overnight shipping; if you offer 2-3 day shipping, be sensitive to the weather.

Stay tuned for step-by-step instructions on shipping fruits and vegetables. Visit for your insulated packaging needs and more shipping solutions.

How to Ship Food & Other Perishable Items

Whether shipping food or perishable across town or across country, with the right materials and planning, you can send them safely. Foods like chocolate, cheese and fruit need to maintain a certain temperature in order to keep their quality and arrive in pristine condition.

The temperature at the point of delivery on the day of delivery is what you need to keep in mind. If that temperature will be 80 degrees F (or warmer), use cold packs or dry ice and ship in an expedited manner.

Start with placing packing material around the container so it isn’t subject to shocks. InsulTote bubble wrap insulation box liners are designed to protect your food from normal vibration and bouncing during transit as well as shielding the product from heat or cold.

Here’s a look at InsulTote’s box liners for shipping food and other perishable items.

Stay tuned for step-by-step instructions on shipping items like chocolate, cheese, fruits, vegetables and flowers. Visit for your insulated packaging needs and more shipping solutions.

International Reflective Insulation Manufacturers (I-RIM) Conference

Date: June 1, 2016 – June 3, 2016
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach Resort
Location: Hollywood Beach, Florida (just outside of Fort Lauderdale)

This is a technical conference with international industry experts sharing the latest advances on the reflective products industry. Learn how other regions of the world utilize these products. See the research being done and get a better understanding of code changes and how they impact your business. Hear about opportunities to expand your business, better market your products and become a better competitor in the marketplace.

For more information, visit RIMA International’s website.

Foil Insulation Films used by Deep Space Climate Observatory Satellite

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Deep Space Climate Observatory: DSCOVR was launched on February 11, 2015. DSCOVR will fly for 155 days, higher than most satellites, nearly one million miles from earth. It will locate to a position where the gravitational pull from the sun and Earth is essentially in balance, in order to stay within the Earth’s orbit.

DSCOVR will provide critical data for NOAA space weather forecasters to issue timely and accurate warnings of solar storms. Certain storms caused by solar emissions, disrupt our power grid infrastructure, telecommunications systems, and aviation and GPS satellites. DSCOVR is expected to provide an hour or more early warning of solar storms, giving those responsible for maintaining and protecting vulnerable technology the time needed to take appropriate action.

In addition to the space weather instruments, DSCOVR will carry two NASA Earth-observing instruments that gather ozone, aerosol, cloud, and vegetation measurements (EPIC) and changes in the Earth’s radiation budget (NISTAR).

Multi-layer foil insulation was used to protect its critical components from the thermal dangers of space. This high performing reflective insulation is being used to shield the satellite’s propulsion system, the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) system, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology Advanced Radiometer (NISTAR) system.

Astro-Shield, AstroECO and Astro-Therm products from Innovative Energy are made from similar component materials Dunmore Corporation supplied to NOAA. Setting the standard in performance, reliability and durability, the films have a unique combination of electrical, thermal, chemical and mechanical properties that assures that Innovative Energy products set the standard in the reflective insulation industry.

“I’m proud to see thermal insulating metallizing films being used in such an exciting and important application,” said Bob Wadsworth, president of Innovative Energy. “Our clients don’t need protection to the extent of space travel, but their investments are just as critical.”

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