Albertsons Companies makes environmental switch for pharmacy shipments

Food and drug retailer to begin using paper-based containers for its temperature-sensitive shipments in late February, with the goal of diverting up to 75,000 lb of packaging from landfills every year.

Food and drug retailer to begin using paper-based containers for its temperature-sensitive shipments in late February, with the goal of diverting up to 75,000 lb of packaging from landfills every year.
Food and drug retailer to begin using paper-based containers for its temperature-sensitive shipments in late February, with the goal of diverting up to 75,000 lb of packaging from landfills every year.

Albertsons Companies, Inc., considered one of the largest food and drug retailers in the U.S., will begin swapping out traditional expanded polystyrene coolers for its pharmacy shipments in favor of TemperPack’s paper-based insulator, ClimaCell™. ClimaCell allows companies to protect temperature-sensitive shipments for up to 80 hours while reducing packaging waste.

Boise-based Albertsons plans to ship products in the new packaging to nearly 50,000 specialty care patients, physician offices, and clients in late February, with a full rollout expected over the next year. Albertsons reportedly made the switch as part of its overall mission to make its operations more efficient and reduce the environmental footprint of its business.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be the first retailer to make the move from Styrofoam to ClimaCell,” says Erin Shaal, Director of Albertsons Companies Specialty Care. “We are proud to have a 100% curbside-recyclable product in our packaging portfolio and know it will benefit our customers and our planet.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Albertsons Companies pharmacies to assist in reducing the environmental impact of their packaging,” adds Rob Hazelton, Senior Vice President of Sales, TemperPack. “As one of the most highly respected industry and consumer brands, Albertsons Companies’ move to ClimaCell™ leads the way for other pharmacy and life science companies to switch without sacrificing the efficacy of their temperature-sensitive products.”

Albertsons Cos. operates stores across 34 states and the District of Columbia under 20 names including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs, as well as meal kit company Plated based in New York City.

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