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New Developments in Food Packaging Technology

Food Packaging Technology

Food companies are always looking for ways to keep their products fresher for longer. Food packaging technology advances steadily in order to continue meeting and exceeding this need. Another important requirement is the need to lessen the food industry’s impact on the environment, which makes biodegradable and sustainable packaging options increasingly important. Let’s take a look at a few food packaging innovations that are currently defining the way the industry operates.

Biodegradable Food Packaging Options

As mentioned, biodegradable food packaging options are getting to the point where they are no longer negotiable. Consumers are increasingly aware of the carbon footprint and environmental impact of the products they buy. As a result, the sustainable packaging industry is entering a period of exponential growth. 

The biggest problem with food packaging has always been the question of where it goes once it has been used and discarded. Innovations in sustainable packaging is helping to answer this question. Traditional plastics and foils are being replaced by biobased plastics and compostable wrapping materials, all of which are completely biodegradable and recyclable. 

Innovations of Smart Food Packaging

Then we have the rising trend of intelligent or smart food packaging. Smart packaging technology allows for the tracking of each product from source to store shelf, and communicating that journey to the consumer through labels and QR codes. Nanoparticles and nanosensors enable users to detect the quality of the stored food, based on pH and fermentation. Smart food packaging includes freshness indicators, which monitor the condition of the product and communicate it to the user through color changes or digital alerts. Consumers can thus investigate the origins of their chosen foodstuffs, as well as monitor freshness and shelf-life.

Easy-Open and Resealable Packaging Options

Packaging needs to be convenient, and one way to achieve that is through packages that open easily and can be resealed. Consumers can open food packages on the go, and reseal by zipping or snapping them closed again. They can thus ensure that their contents remain fresh. 

Rethinking Packaging With Edible Food Packaging

What is better than biodegradable packaging? Try edible food packaging! Many innovators in the industry have decided that it makes much more sense to simply eat the packaging along with the food, rather than recycling or composting it. There are well-established precedents for this trend – consider ice cream cones, for example. Researchers are now taking this idea to its logical conclusion with such products as consumable straws, or films and wraps made of plant-based materials such as konjac flour or cellulose.

The Role of Active Food Packaging in Food Preservation

Active food packaging is a special type of smart packaging that is designed, not merely to monitor the freshness of food, but to extend its shelf-life. It does so by adding compounds to or removing certain chemicals from the food it contains. This process helps to slow the rate of growth of the bacteria and other microbes that cause food to decay.  Examples of active packaging include ethylene scavengers, moisture-control films, and antimicrobial coatings.

Food packaging technology, combined with quality-engineered food production line solutions, provides the best way to operate and maintain a food facility that is efficient and produces food of exceptional quality, hygienic standards, freshness and shelf life. HS Innovations excels in developing food processing technology for a variety of facility types in the food industry. Contact us to find out more about our products and solutions. 

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