Packaging Material in the Food Industry

- Sep 16, 2017 -

Food packaging materials are a family of materials used in food applications and include materials like plastics, glass, metal, and paper. Due to their different chemical structure the corresponding properties are the most disparate. To make the best choice, a good understanding of the behavior of these materials becomes essential.

The worldwide market is growing annually at higher rate for plastic materials than for the others. This trend is driven by the convenience and economic aspects but also by the very high versatility of polymeric materials. Taking into consideration that synthetic polymers are not biodegradable, the use of biobased and/or biodegradable polymers is gaining importance. However, the performance of these materials is often less than conventional ones. Their property can be enhanced using various nanofillers. Research in the field of nanocomposites is thus gaining attention.

Keywords

Food packaging; Active packaging; Antimicrobial packaging; Biodegradable polymer; Food preservation


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