How can con­su­mers who place their pro­ducts in their shop­ping cart online be gua­ran­te­ed that all their pro­ducts, such as eggs, milk, cheese & ice cream, arri­ve at the right tem­pe­ra­tu­re and have not been dama­ged in the cold chain? What is the spe­ci­fic requi­re­ment of the packaging?

The­se or simi­lar ques­ti­ons reach us at Land­pack every day from online food retailers. Until now, the­re has been no spe­ci­fic stan­dard that has dealt with the­se issu­es in detail.

In order to estab­lish trust bet­ween online retailers and con­su­mers, key play­ers in the e‑food and pack­a­ging indus­try, inclu­ding Land­pack, have joi­ned for­ces with the Ger­man Insti­tu­te for Stan­dar­di­z­a­ti­on (DIN) to deve­lop a stan­dar­di­zed “Tem­pe­ra­tu­re con­cept for the ship­ping of chil­led and non-chil­led goods in the food online tra­de”, the DIN SPEC 91360. The new DIN defi­nes the requi­re­ments and spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­ons for pack­a­ging and dis­patch of con­sign­ments of goods as well as for cold chains in the food online trade.

The short and sweet of the standard:

  • Defi­ni­ti­on of pro­ces­ses from the pre­pa­ra­ti­on of the ship­ment through deli­very to the return of the reus­able and dis­po­sable pack­a­ging used.
  • Deter­mi­na­ti­on of requi­re­ments and test methods for pack­a­ging con­cepts with pas­si­ve coo­ling sys­tems under cer­tain tem­pe­ra­tu­re conditions
  • Approach to con­cept validation

This has crea­ted a good stan­dar­di­sed tool for online food retailers.


An attrac­ti­ve docu­ment with all infor­ma­ti­on about the new DIN SPEC 91360 can be found here.

The who­le stan­dard can be down­loa­ded free of char­ge here.