TemperPack Taps Renewable Energy Leader Peter Wells as Chief Executive Officer

TemperPack, the leading producer of sustainable materials for last mile cold chain shipping, has appointed Peter Wells as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Most recently, Peter served as CEO of Smart Wires, Inc, a leader in grid digitization and the acceleration of the adoption of renewable energy sources. Previously, Peter was CEO of General Electric’s Onshore Wind Energy division in Europe. Earlier in his career, Peter held leadership roles in nuclear and wind energy at GE, Vestas, and a range of start-ups and large corporations in the US and Europe.

Peter arrives at TemperPack during a time of expansion, with its acquisition of KTM Industries in late 2022 and the launch of its new WaveKraft platform earlier this year. The company has a workforce of over 700 employees in five facilities across the US. Its products are the leading alternatives to expanded polystyrene foam for perishable shipments, and its client roster includes leading food, pharmacy, and biotech companies.

“TemperPack’s a great company with a mission that matters. Its founders and leaders have built an organization committed to making a positive impact by meeting the needs of the market, with high performance, sustainable solutions. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to lead the company into its next chapter of growth.”

— Peter Wells, Chief Executive Officer

“Peter is the ideal person to lead TemperPack during this exciting time. We conducted a wide-ranging, extensive search, and after careful consideration, Peter rose to the top. He’s been successful leading startup, venture-backed companies and large public enterprises. He has great vision as well as the ability to roll up his sleeves in the day-to-day business,” said Jeff Possick, TemperPack Board Member and Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Asset & Wealth Management.

“Peter’s leadership, strategic acumen, and commitment to innovation match the culture and opportunity at TemperPack. He’s driven by a strong sense of purpose and has spent over 15 years leading companies in the sustainability space. He has a proven ability to bring people together to take on big, important challenges,” said Katrin Burt, TemperPack Board Member and Managing Partner at Grosvenor Food & AgTech.

About TemperPack

TemperPack’s mission is simple: protect products with materials that protect the planet. TemperPack was founded in 2015 to allow enterprises to ship perishable products without expanded polystyrene foam insulation (EPS, Styrofoam®) and other unnecessary plastic waste. Today, TemperPack is the largest producer of sustainable materials that protect temperature-sensitive shipments of food and life science products. Headquartered in Richmond, VA, the company develops and scales solutions that disrupt unsustainable packaging technologies and reduce the environmental impact of e-commerce. TemperPack’s products protect millions of shipments every month.

2022 Impact Report

In 2022, we expanded our solutions to displace single use plastic packaging, through:

Acquiring KTM Industries and their compostable Green Cell Foam

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Launching WaveKraft, an on-demand, curbside recyclable, paper insulation system

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But protecting the earth also means understanding our own impact, setting goals for reducing that impact, and sharing all that information with stakeholders. If you’ve made it to our website and are reading this, you’re a stakeholder. We welcome any feedback you have.

Our impact on the  environment .

As a company dedicated to reducing the environmental burden of packaging, it matters to us that we know the impact of not only what we make, but how we make it.

Scope 1

814MT of CO2e

This number includes gas for trucks, natural gas, and propane used in our operations in 2022.

Scope 2

3,992MT of CO2e

This number includes purchased electricity used at all five facilities in 2022.

Scope 3

18,321MT of CO2e

This estimate comes from partial data from upstream and downstream activities, including raw material production, transportation, and disposal of our products. Emission calculations sourced from our LCA model built in SimaPro using EcoInvent and DATASMART databases. As our first year disclosing Scope 3, we expect this number to be more accurate next year, with the inclusion of employee travel and other material categories.

Intensity Factors by Product

2021 2022

Scope 1 + 2 (KG CO2e per Kit)

0.11 0.15
kWh per Kit 0.31 0.30
Green Cell Foam (Q3/Q4 2022)

Scope 1 + 2 (KG CO2e per Kit)

- 0.04
kWh per Kit - 0.07

Intensity Factors by Facility

Scope 1 Scope 2
ClimaCell (KG CO2e/kit)
Richmond, VA 0.035 0.089
Las Vegas, NV 0.006 0.179
Green Cell Foam (KG CO2e/board foot)
Holt, MI 0.008 0.032
Reno, NV 0.004 0.028

Increasing efficiency within our facilities.

On the ClimaCell side of the business, we made some material changes in our manufacturing process in our Richmond facility in 2022, which led to a 8 percent decrease in kWh per kit used.

We also ramped up a second manufacturing line in Las Vegas, which accounts for the increase in per kit kWh out of that facility.

Facility 2021 2022 % Change
Richmond, VA 0.268 0.249 -8%
Las Vegas, NV 0.367 0.383 4%
- Waste Diversion -

Cleaning House, One Step at a Time

By partnering with local material experts, we’ve diverted the following from ending up in landfills:

3,000 lbs

of food and organic waste from landfill by composting with NOPE

X lbs

of mixed paper, plastic, and metals by recycling with TFC Recycling

X lbs

of flexible plastic and hard to recycle materials through TerraCycle

In 2022, we protected over 30 million shipments of perishable goods with ClimaCell. By replacing their EPS insulation with ClimaCell, our customers avoided the creation of 40 million KG of CO2e.

That's the same as...


trees being planted and grown for 10 years.


increase over 2021


light bulbs changed from incandescent to LED.


increase over 2021


cars taken off the road for an entire year.


increase over 2021


American home’s electricity use for an entire year.


increase over 2021

Our  benchmarks  on social responsibility.

“I found TemperPack when I was looking for a job with a company more aligned with my personal values. I was determined to find a company that was creating and facilitating change to help our planet.”

— Mollie Jarrett, Account Management, 4 years at TemperPack


We're an ambitious company looking to do right by our employees.


Response Rate to our Employee Engagement Survey


Work Force “diversity” rate

Diverse is defined as traditionally under-represented groups across criteria including gender, race, or ethnicity.


of our work force is female.

According to the US Census, women make up only 30% of manufacturing workforce across the United States. As an American manufacturing company, we are proud to have a higher-than-average proportion of women in our workforce and embed programs, such as the LADIES Network, to support our women in career and leadership development.

L.A.D.I.E.S Group

After establishing the Leadership and Development In Executing Success (L.A.D.I.E.S) in 2020, TemperPack has continued to invest and empower its workforce for all genders by partnering with Cascade Leadership Partners for career development coaching. The group plans to use this training to launch a peer-to-peer coaching program to problem-solve and strengthen cross-functional relationships as the company continues to grow.

MRF Visit

In November, our sales, product engineering, and sustainability teams visited our regional material recovery facility, TFC Recycling, in central Virginia. In addition to deepening our ongoing relationship with stakeholders who process our product at the end of its life, the visit yielded industry insights for our team to apply to sustainable packaging design and market growth.

Family Day

This fall, TemperPack hosted our inaugural Family Day at each facility in Virginia in Nevada to share our mission with family and friends. Volunteers hosted guided tours of our manufacturing plants, highlighting the history of our purpose and our commitment to innovation in both our products and our process.

Evaluating the governance of our  business .

Our company’s commitment to maintaining ethical and responsible practices in all aspects of our operations, including our management structure, decision-making processes, and overall corporate governance.

- Governance -

In 2021, we partnered with Goldman Sachs Asset Management for an equity fundraising round. This strategic move enabled us to expand our operations and increase our market share while also gaining access to Goldman Sachs' expertise in building value across the enterprise, including best practices in ESG.

Materiality Topics

Identified 3 Material Topics: Climate Change, Product Excellence, and Manufacturing Efficiency that will shape our goals

ESG Committee

After establishing our ESG Committee in 2021, the group expanded to include the SVP of Sales, VP of Supply Chain, and CFO to oversee sustainability reporting, communication, and set goals for improving our impact.

ISO Certification

Our manufacturing facilities in Richmond, Virginia and Las Vegas, Nevada both feature ISO certification.

ISTA Certification

We maintained our ISTA certification in our Richmond testing and R&D facility, Proving Ground. With the KTM Industries acquisition, we've added a second testing facility to our portfolio in Holt, Michigan.

In 2022, our ISTA Certified lab was busy testing thermal performance of ClimaCell against incumbent insulation materials to curate custom pack outs for our customers.


Customer Pack-outs Tested


Custom Lab Reports Published

- Strategic Partnerships -

Lastly, we have purposefully surrounded ourselves with partners who help us stay informed and provide counsel when needed. In addition to our board, these include:

Clinton Global Initiative

In August 2022, we were asked to speak at the Clinton Global Initiative, an event that brings together those that are taking action on the world’s most pressing challenges. The event, put on by the Clinton Foundation focused on taking action together, and shed light on solutions like ClimaCell, helping eliminate the need for plastic-based insulating products.

Watch the Presentation

Improving our impact in 2022

- 2022 -
- 2022 -

Product Composition

Reduced the thickness of LDPE coating of our outer paper by 50% and increased the usable fiber in our outer paper, making it more valuable to MRFs and paper mills.

Silo Project

Reducing trucks, reducing carbon in upstream activity, increasing efficiency and air quality of manufacturing plant.


Launched WaveKraft, paper-based thermal insulation that reduces truck deliveries by 10x.

Our  goals  for 2023.

We think the best packaging solutions are one’s that use the least amount of material necessary, require the smallest amount of energy to produce, and can be produced, stored, and disposed of as efficiently as possible. With that in mind, here are our goals for 2023.

Build a Green Cell Foam vs. EPS comparative LCA model and submit it for panel for review to understand the product’s environmental impact.

Develop a more robust methodology for calculating Scope 3 emissions for our top material categories.

Reduce safety TRIR incidents by 25% for 2023.

Complete audit of supply chain to bolster transparency, mitigate risks, and find opportunities for greater efficiencies and improved environmental impacts.

Develop baseline impact metrics for our new WaveKraft product line.

Why we built WaveKraft.

A really good idea will tend to haunt you.

At TemperPack, discovering those ideas is our job. The Nobel prize-winning Hungarian scientist Albert Szent-Györgyi once stated that, “Discovery is simply seeing what everyone else has seen – but thinking what no-one else has thought.”

In 2015, upstart meal-kit companies were faced with a major packaging problem. They needed to figure out how to send millions of boxes of fresh food to houses across the country each week – without using Styrofoam coolers to keep items cold.

This is when (and why) we started TemperPack.

Our first discovery was jute – a natural fiber grown in South Asia but cheaply available in the US in the form of discarded burlap bags used for coffee and cacao imports. We also discovered that bedding and felt companies in the US had available capacity due to the rising popularity of foam mattresses. We connected the dots and started making thin, compostable insulation blankets from 100% recycled jute fibers. We pitched this as a new type of packaging that was highly insulating, flexible, plant-based, cushioning – and available at a low cost. The idea caught on and from 2015 to 2018, TemperPack manufactured and sold tens of millions of pounds of plant fiber packaging insulation. During this time, we also developed and commercialized PopBox, which allowed customers to replace millions of non-recyclable bubble foil liners with a fully recyclable, paper-based box liners.

We were in business...

but we weren’t totally comfortable (and I hope we never are).

We constantly asked our customers to imagine better versions of our products. What would it look like? What would it allow them to do more effectively? They told us that a better version of our plant fiber insulation would be compatible with the paper recycling stream, and that it would be lighter, faster to pack, and more rigid. They said a better version of our product would have tighter tolerances, a more consistent fit, and a wider performance range. It should be cheaper, and it should also be available in even larger volumes. It should be natural, but not “too natural” – no dust or noticeable smell. Clean & consistent. And they wanted it nationwide.

So we went out to discover. After inventing and discarding several novel material concepts – we noticed that food snacks (like Cheetos, made from puffed corn) were lightweight, cheap, renewable and had surprisingly good insulating qualities due to their foam structure. They were water soluble. They also could be made anywhere and, being made of starch, possessed a natural adhesive quality. We invented insulation panels that combined paper with puffed corn starch to line the walls of a cardboard box. We named the new product “ClimaCell”. Today, ClimaCell (along with our Green Cell Foam product line) is being produced across the country, protecting millions of food shipments each week.

But we're still not satisfied with our products...

and will never be.

About 18 months ago, we again asked our customers to imagine a better version of packaging. Again – what would it look like? What would it allow them to do more effectively? This time, they didn’t describe a “faster horse”. They told us about the burden of receiving multiple truckloads a day of packaging insulation, and the pain of storage and inventory management. They told us about the challenge of multi-week lead times. In short, they didn’t tell us about a better version of packaging insulation, they lamented the fact that packaging insulation was necessary to begin with. This was key because, as Peter Drucker says, “Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all”.

This is why we invented WaveKraft. It makes storage in a fulfillment center disappear.

WaveKraft is made from paper and is easily recycled with the cardboard box that consumers get each week. WaveKraft is also made on a machine that is 99% smaller than a traditional manufacturing operation – meaning that customers can put a machine right on their floor. Using WaveKraft for a year, customers can avoid over 1,000 inbound trucks and reclaim 80% of the storage space that they currently use for packaging insulation. We’re excited to offer a solution that is not only cheaper, but far more versatile and easier to use than what’s available on the market today.

Had you told me in 2015 that we would have a team of 600+ spread across 4 manufacturing sites producing millions of sustainable packaging products each week I might not have believed you. But I’ve learned that growth happens when you relentlessly do what you feel you are unqualified to do. We’re excited to launch WaveKraft – and we’re excited to make it better. Our customers will always be the foundation of our drive to invent. Whatever we do, it’ll never be good enough – and that’s why I love going to work.

- James McGoff

Chief Product Officer
& Co-founder


Our latest invention.
Designed for operations. Sustainable by design.

We believe the best packaging solution is one that uses the smallest amount of necessary material, can be stored as efficiently as possible, and can be easily recycled. We have always set these guiding principles when we develop new products, and WaveKraft is no different. If you’re ready to revolutionize your fulfillment operation, let’s talk.

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TemperPack Closes Acquisition of KTM Industries, Inc.

TemperPack Closes Acquisition of KTM Industries, Inc.

Richmond, VA – September 6, 2022 – TemperPack® Technologies, Inc, a manufacturer of sustainable materials for cold chain packaging, announced that it has closed the acquisition of KTM Industries, Inc.

The acquisition was first announced on August 2nd, 2022.

KTM Industries is the maker of Green Cell Foam, a starch-based insulation material that is one of the protect perishable food and life science shipments. With this move, TemperPack will be able to offer customers an expanded product line and increased market coverage. The combined enterprise will have over 700 employees in four U.S. locations: Holt, MI, Las Vegas, NV, Reno, NV, and its headquarters in Richmond, VA.

“We’re thrilled to have completed the transaction and come together as one TemperPack. We’re excited to begin the process of working together to integrate our businesses and build on our strengths. Together, we are committed to bringing the market protective materials that are better for people and the planet.”

— Bob Beckler, Chairman and CEO

Bob Beckler

About TemperPack

TemperPack is the largest producer of sustainable cold chain materials for food and life sciences products in the U.S. The company’s mission is simple: protect products with materials that protect the planet. TemperPack was founded in 2015 to allow enterprises to ship perishable products without unnecessary plastic waste. Headquartered in Richmond, VA, with operations in Holt, MI, Las Vegas, NV, and Reno, NV, the company develops and scales innovative solutions that disrupt unsustainable packaging technologies. TemperPack’s products protect millions of shipments every month. 


TemperPack Acquires KTM Industries, Inc.

TemperPack brings on Green Cell Foam, expanding its footprint in sustainable, protective materials

Richmond, Virginia (August 02, 2022) – TemperPack® Technologies, a manufacturer of high- performance, sustainable thermal insulation for cold chain packaging, announced today that the company has reached an agreement to acquire KTM Industries, subject to customary closing conditions. With this move, TemperPack will be able to offer customers an expanded product line and increased market coverage. Once the transaction is closed, the combined enterprise will have over 700 employees in four U.S. locations: Richmond, VA; Las Vegas, NV; Reno, NV; and Holt, MI.

The acquisition brings together two industry leaders in the development of renewable materials to compete with plastic foams and other harmful materials used in cold-chain and non-thermal, protective packaging. As TemperPack integrates teams, systems, and operations, it will leverage the capacity and expertise at each facility to offer customers the right solutions to meet their needs.

“We are exceptionally pleased to bring together these two companies with disruptive technologies and complementary, high-performance products including ClimaCell and Green Cell Foam to serve the rapidly growing need for sustainable, protective materials. The strategic fit of TemperPack and KTM could not be stronger. 

— Bob Beckler, Chairman and CEO

Bob Beckler

Tim Colonnese, President and CEO of KTM, said “This is an exciting milestone for us, one that will create great opportunities to expand Green Cell Foam. We are fully aligned with the mission of TemperPack which is to provide engineered, protective materials that eliminate the need for synthetic foams which harm the environment. We are pleased to be joining forces with one of the most innovative and fast-growing companies in the industry.”

The transaction is expected to close in August, 2022.

About TemperPack

TemperPack is the largest producer of sustainable cold chain materials for food and life sciences products in the U.S. The company’s mission is simple: protect products with materials that protect the planet. TemperPack was founded in 2015 to allow enterprises to ship perishable products without unnecessary plastic waste. Headquartered in Richmond, VA, and with operations in Richmond and Las Vegas, Nevada, the company develops and scales innovative solutions that disrupt unsustainable packaging technologies. TemperPack’s products protect millions of shipments every month.

Green Cell

About KTM Industries

Green Cell Foam, a product of KTM Industries Inc., is a unique natural, environmentally friendly packaging material. Available since 2002, Green Cell Foam provides customers with an eco-conscious, compostable alternative made from cornstarch. The company provides design, testing and fabrication services at its Holt, Michigan and Reno, Nevada facilities. KTM has helped customers replace undesirable expanded polystyrene foam coolers in the pharmaceutical, specialty food and nutritional supplement industries, preventing over 10 million plastic-based coolers from filling landfills across the country.

2021 Impact Report

Scope 1 Emissions

This is an estimate of emissions from our own facilities and assets, based on educated assumptions about the fuel used by vehicles we’ve leased and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol’s Transportation Fuel Tool. In our 2022 report, we will include any other direct emissions that come from other owned equipment (e.g. refrigeration, boilers, furnaces).


Scope 2 Emissions

Energy we purchased from Dominion Energy and Nevada Power for all three of our manufacturing and corporate facilities. Approximately 17% of that energy use came from renewable sources, including solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, or nuclear.


Water Use

Water used in our Richmond manufacturing facilities. In our 2022 report, we hope to include our Las Vegas plant water usage.


Water Deep Dive

Fresh water is perhaps our most valuable resource. As part of our Life Cycle Assessment, which was audited by Long Trail Sustainability, we wanted to better understand our water use across the whole life cycle of our product.


Total water use in a typical ClimaCell solution, which includes the cardboard box and the packaging materials in which they are shipped to our customers:

Cardboard Box

ClimaCell Liner Material

Distribution Materials





Comparing to EPS

By using ClimaCell instead of EPS, we avoided the creation of 29,500 MT of CO2e

Our ClimaCell® thermal liners were invented to be a curbside recyclable alternative to expanded polystyrene foam (EPS, Styrofoam®). When our customers choose ClimaCell over EPS, they prevent the release of toxins into the environment and keep waste out of landfills.

That's the same as...


taken off the road for an entire year.

487K+ Trees

being planted and grown for 10 years.

3.5MM+ Smartphones

charged for a year.

1.1MM+ Light bulbs

changed from incandescent to LED.


Pounds of waste diverted in 2021 using TerraCycle, N.O.P.E, and TFC recycling in our Richmond facilities.

Cleaning House, One Step at a Time

Minimizing waste sent to landfill is a motivation in our office, too. We’re launching a new partnership with CleanRiver, to help us develop a new waste station made out of recycled content that will help capture more of our waste and get it recycled. This upgrade in how we capture waste builds on existing relationships:

⸻ Office Waste Diversion


for capturing difficult to recycle materials (wrappers, films) that normally require a trip to an off-side facility.

N.O.P.E. Compost

for capturing food and compostable packaging waste.

TFC Recycling

for capturing traditional paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum recycling.

2022 Goals for Environmental Impact ·

Scope 3 Emissions

We’re working to better understand our upstream and downstream impact to estimate and report our Scope 3 emissions.

Comparative LCA

We’re completing a 3rd-party verified, ISO compliant Life Cycle Assessment comparing ClimaCell to other materials.

Safety First

As a manufacturer, our #1 priority is Safety. We implemented additional safety training and awards in 2021 to deepen our focus on safety, and our Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) improved 10% compared to 2020. That’s great, but our goal for TRIR is zero. That’s nearly unheard of in a manufacturing operation of our scale, but that remains our focus every day.


We want TemperPack to be a place where people feel they belong, are free to be themselves, and empowered to do their best work.

This year, our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force continued to promote inclusiveness in the company culture and track progress against our DEI priorities.

  • We surveyed employees (anonymously) on their thoughts and perspectives on our efforts on diversity, equity, and inclusion; recommendations for improvements; and evaluation of our leadership’s focus on promoting opportunities for everyone at TemperPack, regardless of differences.
  • We have specific, measurable diversity improvement goals that are reviewed by senior executives or our Board of Directors.
  • We have created culture focused interview questions for all positions and partner with local groups that focus on hiring diverse candidates.


Our Leadership And Development In Executing Success (L.A.D.I.E.S.) initiative, which is open to employees of all gender identities, continued with new programming to help employees develop and grow in their careers.

Community Outreach

We also created opportunities for employees to work together to help our community.

Capital Trail

TemperPack has adopted a segment of the Virginia Capital Trail, which employees volunteered to clean and remove litter.

Heart Walk

TemperPack participated in the 2021 Richmond Heart Walk to help fight cardiovascular disease here in the Commonwealth. The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's premier event for raising funds to save lives from this country's No. 1 and No. 5 killers - heart disease and stroke. Our participation helped raise awareness and donations will help fund lifesaving breakthroughs.

Task Force

TemperPack has a dedicated task force focused on ESG initiatives. This task force includes our Chief Executive Officer and collaborates with our Board of Directors to drive progress on ESG initiatives.

Customer Approval

out of 10 NPS Score

We try to solicit input from stakeholders across our ecosystem. This includes our customers, who received two surveys this year asking for input on what’s important to them and how we can be better. Our average response to the question “how likely are you to recommend TemperPack” was an 8.95 out of 10 across both surveys.

Employee Approval

We also surveyed employees about their experience at TemperPack, including giving the chance for employees to provide anonymous feedback on their manager or on other topics that they would like to raise.

We also conducted stay interviews with employees from varying levels of the organizational hierarchy about their experience at TemperPack. These discussions have initiated several improvements in the safety, training, and communication of our teams.

Strategic Partnerships

Lastly, we have purposefully surrounded ourselves with partners who help us stay informed and provide counsel when needed. In addition to our board, these include:

2022 Goal for Social and Governance Impact ·


Our first priority remains safety. Our safety goal is a TRIR of Zero.


Develop and formalize a materiality assessment to shape our ESG strategy and reporting priorities going forward.


Adopt a formal, widely recognized reporting methodology for our 2022 impact report

Welcome Goldman Sachs

TemperPack Accelerates Growth with $140 Million in New Funding, Led by Goldman Sachs Asset Management

RICHMOND, Va., March 22, 2022 – TemperPack® Technologies, a leading manufacturer of sustainable thermal insulation for cold chain packaging, announced today that it has closed on $140 million of new equity financing, led by the Sustainable Investing business within Goldman Sachs Asset Management (Goldman Sachs). Goldman Sachs was joined by existing TemperPack investors including Grosvenor Food & AgTech, Harbert Growth Partners, Tao Capital Partners, Revolution Growth, SJF Ventures, and Arborview Capital.

TemperPack has experienced rapid growth in recent years, driven by strong demand for its patented ClimaCell® thermal liners. ClimaCell is the leading sustainable alternative to expanded polystyrene (EPS, Styrofoam®) for the shipment of perishable foods, pharmaceuticals, and other life science products. Unlike EPS, ClimaCell is non-toxic and curbside recyclable. The use of ClimaCell keeps plastic waste out of the environment and reduces carbon emissions.

The new funding led by Goldman Sachs will expand TemperPack’s capacity for protective materials technologies, grow its geographic footprint, and extend its customer reach.

ClimaCell® is the leading sustainable alternative solution to EPS coolers for shipping temperature-sensitive products. TemperPack produces millions of ClimaCell box liners every month out of their facilities in Richmond, Virginia and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Boxes with ClimaCell packing

" We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Goldman Sachs to accelerate our growth and diversify our offering of innovative, sustainable high-performance protective materials. As TemperPack grows, we increase the beneficial impact for consumers, our customers, and our planet. "

— Bob Beckler, Chairman and CEO

Bob Beckler

“Goldman Sachs is committed to partnering with outstanding businesses that help drive sustainability. TemperPack has demonstrated an ability to lead in the cold chain materials space with much-needed sustainable solutions. We’re excited to invest in TemperPack’s growth to accelerate the development of technologies that disrupt the use of conventional single-use plastics,” said Jeff Possick, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Asset Management.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC served as the exclusive placement agent for TemperPack in connection with the transaction.

About TemperPack

TemperPack is the largest producer of sustainable cold chain materials for food and life sciences products in the U.S. The company’s mission is simple: protect products with materials that protect the planet. TemperPack was founded in 2015 by James McGoff, Brian Powers, and Charles Vincent to allow enterprises to ship perishable products without unnecessary plastic waste. The company develops and scales innovative solutions that disrupt unsustainable packaging technologies, and its materials protect millions of shipments every month.

Goldman Sachs

About Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Bringing together traditional and alternative investments, Goldman Sachs Asset Management provides clients around the world with a dedicated partnership and focus on long-term performance. As the primary investing area within Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), we deliver investment and advisory services for the world’s leading institutions, financial advisors and individuals, drawing from our deeply connected global network and tailored expert insights, across every region and market—overseeing more than $2 trillion in assets under supervision worldwide as of December 31, 2021. Driven by a passion for our clients’ performance, we seek to build long-term relationships based on conviction, sustainable outcomes, and shared success over time. Follow us on LinkedIn.

How to Ship Chocolates: Packaging Guide for E-Commerce Confectionaries

The Short of It

If you’re in the business of premium chocolate, whether you know it or not, you’re also in the business of thermal logistics. Getting your product to your customers’ homes in perfect condition requires a precise combination of insulation and coolant to prevent blooming, which occurs when chocolate gets too hot or too cold.

Want to learn more?

Read the full article below, or simply contact us.

Diving In

The US chocolate industry is expected to surpass $20 billion by 2025, with more and more companies entering the landscape. But as chocolatiers strive to grow, they’re realizing that success isn’t only based on creating the best product. It’s also about offering that product to their consumers where they want to buy it, which is increasingly online.

To build a strong e-commerce business for chocolates and confections, you need packaging that will stand up to the rigors of the supply chain and provide an at-home unboxing experience worthy of your premium brand.

Blooming is the enemy

Most chocolate wants to be 60-70°F. To delight your customers, you want your shipment to maintain that temperature range throughout its journey. When shipments get too hot or too cold, blooming happens.

Blooming is a term for the white, splotchy spotting appearing on chocolate that has been subject to improper fluctuations in temperature and moisture. With blooming, both visual appeal and texture can deteriorate.

There are two types of blooming: fat bloom and sugar bloom.

Fat Bloom

Fat bloom happens when the chocolate has melted and re-hardened due to temperature increases, which is typically beyond 80 to 90 degrees F, depending on the type of chocolate.

Sugar Bloom

Sugar bloom occurs when the chocolate is exposed to moisture, which can develop when the temperature drops too quickly to refrigerated temperatures.

Both types of blooming can spell doom for an overnight or two-day shipment, but they can be prevented. Here’s how:

Get the Insulation Right

The purpose of insulation is to slow down the transfer of energy from one space to another. Your choice of package insulation will have an impact on transit time, the amount of coolant you’ll need, and the size of box required.

Insulation will likely be your biggest packaging expense in your pack-out. There are many types of insulation materials available: expanded polystyrene foam, often known as Styrofoam®; cotton fiber liners; starch-based foam; bubble wrap; and recycled paper liners.

Here at TemperPack, we think our ClimaCell liners offer the best insulation on the market, especially for premium shipments. Our liners offer high levels of thermal performance and a sturdy structure for ease of use in your fulfillment facility.

Our insulation also uses kraft paper encapsulation, which creates an inviting unboxing experience for your customers at home. Paper signals quality, and people at home know it’s a more sustainable material than plastic. And ClimaCell liners are easily recyclable, so you’re not placing a burden on them to figure out what to do with the packaging you send them.

Be Smart About Coolant

In warmer climates or summer months, coolants can absorb the excess energy that is transferred from outside the box. In colder situations, coolants can expel that excess energy to maintain the optimal temperature for chocolate.

Coolant materials typically rely on their phase change to maintain a desired temperature. For example, water-based ice packs are a very effective material when trying to maintain temperatures close to 32 degrees F, the freezing point of water. However, water-based coolants are less effective when keeping temperatures that are much higher or lower than 32 degrees. PCMs, or phase change materials, are another possible high-performance option that can maintain temperature over a wider range of temperatures for longer durations.

Be Real about Your Primary Packaging

Primary packaging, which refers to the packaging materials used to directly contain your product, needs to match your brand experience, regardless of where it’s sold. When packaging chocolate for e-commerce purposes, it’s important to ensure that the primary packaging is sturdy enough to stand up to a shipment through trucks and warehouses. Sometimes the primary packaging you may use for retail might not be sturdy enough for the rigors of FedEx and UPS.

It’s also important to recognize that condensation is likely going to happen at some point in the shipment. If your primary packaging is built for presentation more than function, you might want to consider some kind of wrap in addition to the insulation to protect it.

Factor in Seasonality

As the seasons change, the amount of coolant and thickness of insulation can and should change as well.

It’s not just about melting: cold temperatures can have just as much of a negative impact on your chocolate as warm temperatures.

By staying in touch with conditions throughout your logistics chain, you can adjust your packaging accordingly to maintain quality. The right choices on your end will lead to a delicious experience for your customers.

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Every company has its own unique specifications, based on their geographic footprint and preferred shipping criteria. Reach out or check out our lab page to learn more.

ClimaCell life cycle assessment

Our first ISO-Compliant Life Cycle Assessment

It's always been important to us to understand the impact of our packaging on the environment.

In our earlier years as a company, we made a good faith effort to estimate the impact of our ClimaCell thermal liners. We dove into data from utility companies, the U.S. Energy Information Agency, and available 3rd party databases such as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. Our calculations in Excel were rigorous, but we knew we didn’t have the tools or expertise needed to produce an official ISO-compliant cradle-to-grave Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

This year, that changed. TemperPack both obtained a SimaPro license and hired a sustainability analyst to build the single product LCA model and author the report. We also enlisted Long Trail Sustainability to conduct a concurrent critical review of both our model and report, in accordance with the 14040 and 14044 ISO standards (2006 a, b).

Why make this investment?

Well, according to co-founder and Chief Product Officer James McGoff, it was an easy decision. “Our company believes in doing the right thing, the right way, every time. One key step on that path is recognizing that data is king. Without it, it’s challenging (we’d go as far to say impossible) to assure continuous product improvement. We’ve long recognized the need to quantify the impacts of ClimaCell, and this year the time was right to take the next step to an ISO compliant model.”


Below is a figure from the full report, demonstrating which processes within a ClimaCell Unit’s life cycle are included in the study:

The system boundary of this study reflects a cradle-to-grave study, encompassing upstream, core, and downstream processes.

System boundary

Some of the findings?

Our Processes

Our upstream processes, which include raw material inputs and the distribution of those materials to TemperPack, account for almost 50% of the total GHG emissions associated with producing a single ClimaCell Unit. Meanwhile, the downstream processes, which include the distribution of a ClimaCell Unit to its customers and the unit’s disposal, account for about 6% of the total CO2e produced. Here is a more detailed breakdown:

  • Upstream Processes (raw material acquisition) – 47%
  • Core Processes (manufacturing) – 20%
  • Intermediate Flow (materials used to distribute our packaging - gaylords, plastic wrap) - 27%
  • Downstream Processes (distribution and disposal) - 6%
ClimaCell cross section

Our Materials

When assessing a single ClimaCell insulation liner, results also show that our corn starch-based packing peanuts generate the greatest environmental impact across all the mentioned impact categories.

Our Energy

Of all the environmental impact categories assessed (Climate Change, Human Health, Ecosystems, Resources, Cumulative Energy Demand, and Water Use), Cumulative Energy Demand accounts for approximately 56% of the total environmental impacts of a single ClimaCell unit.

This report is just one step in our journey of environmental stewardship. This model gives us a better grasp of the environmental hot spots of a ClimaCell liner across its lifespan. It also gives our customers better information and more confidence about our packaging. More importantly, it provides benchmarks and insights we can use to optimize ClimaCell and develop new products.

The TemperPack team is committed to smarter packaging for a sustainable future. This study is just one step of many on that journey.

If you have questions about our LCA, please reach out and we'd be happy to discuss it.


Meet Bob Beckler

TemperPack Appoints Bob Beckler as Chief Executive Officer

TemperPack, the largest producer of sustainable cold chain materials for e-commerce foods and life sciences products in the U.S., today announced the appointment of Bob Beckler as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Beckler, who has served as Executive Chairman of TemperPack since 2017, will be expanding his role as the company accelerates its growth and profitability strategy.

"What an honor it is to be able to join forces with the talented team at TemperPack. It has been so gratifying to see this company emerge as the leader in environmentally beneficial materials for cold chain packaging, and I am excited to help pursue its expansive growth plans. I want to thank the founders James McGoff, Charles Vincent and Brian Powers who continue to drive TemperPack on a remarkable trajectory. I look forward to continue partnering with Brian Powers in his new role as Chief Growth Officer as he leads our commercial and growth initiatives."

— Bob Beckler, Chief Executive Officer

Bob Beckler

“TemperPack is on a mission to replace plastic with sustainable materials. Bob’s experience, history with TemperPack, and passion for serving customers and the planet, make him the ideal leader for our next phase of growth. I look forward to continue working closely with Bob to keep TemperPack growing rapidly,” said Brian Powers, co-founder and Chief Growth Officer.

Started in 2015, TemperPack has grown sales an average of 65% year over year for the last three years to more than $100mm in annual run rate sales, and continues to grow rapidly. TemperPack serves the market leaders in e-commerce food and life sciences in the U.S. and increasingly on an international basis.

Mr. Beckler has over 30 years of public and private company leadership experience in specialty chemicals, materials, and packaging. Prior to TemperPack, he served as President, Packaging of WestRock (NYSE: WRK) and its predecessor, MeadWestvaco. Mr. Beckler is a member of the Board of Directors of Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS), has served on the boards of private companies in specialty packaging and chemicals, and also serves on the boards of several community and academic institutions.

About TemperPack

TemperPack® makes packaging that works for businesses, people, and the planet. With over 300 employees across Richmond, Virginia and Las Vegas, Nevada, TemperPack is the largest producer of sustainable cold chain materials for e-commerce foods and life sciences products in the U.S.

TemperPack has raised over $100 million of capital to bring to market its plant-based, recyclable ClimaCell insulation material. For more information, please visit: www.temperpack.com.

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