Dry Ice for transporting pharmaceutical products

Dry Ice is able to maintain the "cold chain" throughout the entire distribution chain, from production to end-user. In addition to optimum cold chain assurance, through excellent control of temperature and rapid temperature recovery after door/lid opening, Dry Ice also offers increased logistics flexibility, low or no noise, and is better for the environment.

Dry Ice is popular in the pharmaceutical industry because of its many benefits:

  • it has three times the refrigeration power of water ice
  • it sublimates without leaving any residue (i.e. no risk of soggy products)
  • it is non-toxic
  • it is non-flammable
  • it is tasteless and odourless
  • it provides extended cooling for the payload

Main applications are medical samples and pharmaceutical distribution

Dry Ice is commonly used to package biological samples (i.e. tissue, blood) and temperature-sensitive biomedical/pharmacological products during shipping.

Simple Packout for an Insulated Shipping Container

Simple Packout for an Insulated Pallet Shipper

Why choose ACP Dry Ice for your pharmaceutical transport cooling?

Our sector expertise

For 60 years, we have been supplying the largest pharmaceutical and logistical groups in Europe

Complete offer

ACP offers a versatile and extensive portfolio of Dry Ice products:

  • Different forms such as blocks, slices, nuggets, pellets and slabs
  • All in different sizes and packaging
  • Special food-safe Dry Ice is also available. For more information, click here

We produce Dry Ice pellets which are made from food-grade CO2 and we are unconditionally dedicated to quality and safety. 
ACP’s Food-Grade Quality Programme conforms to the European Industrial Gases Association (EIGA) and the International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT) regulations, and consists of:

    • State-of-the-art purification processes
    • Online quality monitoring and management in our production units
    • Regular analyses of final products, carried out by ACP and independent labs
    • Strict loading and unloading procedures
    • Rigorous traceability

In co-development with some key customers, we went even further, beyond the already demanding requirements of the EIGA and ISBT regulations. In order to serve these customers even better, we developed a Safe For Food + programme with guaranteed 99.99% purification and the most stringent safety system.

ACP’s special Safe For Food + programme:

    • Guaranteed 99.99% purification
    • Quality diagnosis/sample analysis
    • on every production day
    • of every single trailer shipment
    • Analysis of every single delivery
    • Sealing of every freight shipment
    • Separate logistics flow to avoid any risk of contamination
    • Individual seals are used to prevent product tampering

Our Safe for Food + programme is an extremely rigorous quality and safety assurance programme.


ACP also delivers CO2 in bulk for Dry Ice production on site


We are known for the quality of our CO2 and our reliable delivery. Since 1897, we have never failed to deliver to a single customer.

We have a Dry Ice production capacity of 10 tonnes per hour, as well as an extensive network of Dry Ice partners across Europe.

Find out more about our liquid CO2 sourcing and production facilities in the EU

We help you to set up your own onsite Dry Ice production

Depending on your Dry Ice requirements and your logistics chain, your best solution in terms of total cost of ownership could be to produce Dry Ice in your own facilities.

There’s no better partner than ACP for setting up Dry Ice production on your site. Our dedicated engineering department has extensive expertise in installing such facilities. Working closely with the leading Dry Ice machine producers, we have built over 100 installations in the past 10 years.

ACP delivers CO2 in bulk for your onsite production.

Main benefits

  • Cost saving
  • Total implementation by ACP and customised solutions
  • Most reliable CO2 sourcing in Europe
  • 24/7 maintenance service
  • 24/7 back-up delivery system in place
  • Telemetry on the CO2 tanks enables GPRS-driven quantity tracking and helps with reordering in time


Please contact us for more information.