Food packaging technology refers to the technologies and machinery used for packaging food products such as dairy products, bakery products, confectionery products, convenience food products, poultry, seafood, and meat products, fruits & vegetables, and sauces, dressings, and condiments.
By Komal Sakure, Research Analyst – Food, Beverage, Animal Feed & Agriculture and Nagesh Manepalli, Head – Food, Beverage, Animal Feed & Agriculture, MarketsandMarkets.
The prime objective behind an effective food packaging process is to reduce food waste throughout the supply chain and minimize the cost. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “significant food wastage occurs in many countries, especially in developing countries due to inadequate means of preservation, packaging, protection, storage, and transportation. In developed countries, where modern processing, packaging, and distribution systems are commonplace, food wastage, before the food reaches the consumer, is only 2%–3%.” Moreover, as per the Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN), “Less than 1% of packaged food goes to waste, compared to between 10% and 20% of unpackaged food.” Thus, food packaging, along with the appropriate supply chain, plays a vital role in the global food industry.
A constant increase in the number of developments has been noticed in the global food packaging industry; these would include the launches of new materials, technologies, and processes. Packaging has undergone numerous innovative changes, in terms of technologies, which has led to the development of new and better packaging for food products. In recent years, various new and advanced technologies, such as the introduction of modified atmosphere packaging and anti-counterfeit packaging, have been launched. These technologies have been developed to ensure hygienic and safe packaging for food products so that the safety standards set by the government food authorities of various economies across the globe are met.
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