Food grade industrial packaging is a very important part of the supply chain that brings food from the producer to the consumer.
Their function is to protect the food, but also to allow easier sale, as well as easy transport.
In the eyes of a consumer, the creation of new food grade industrial packaging may seem trivial, but this is not the case. As a matter of fact, in recent years it has been possible to study the use of new technology also for the industrial food packaging sector.
Let’s see what we’ll be able to expect from the future of this industry thanks to the collaboration with technological realities.
Nanotechnologies for industrial food packaging
In the last twenty years, these so-called nanotechnologies are becoming increasingly popular in the materials sector, and also in the food grade industrial packaging sector. Thanks to the collaboration with this sector, it is now possible to guarantee the best performance for packaging from every point of view.
Nanocompounds can be create by the combination of nano particles; these will perform significantly better than those of other materials.
We can already see some applications of nanotechnologies in the food sector, for example for coating, both single and multilayer.
Compounds of this type are found in cellulose nanocrystals and nanofibers. And we will talk about nanocompounds when we consider particles ranging from 0.1 to 100 nanometers.
Currently, European regulations have applied limitations on the use of nanocompounds, but this should not suggest that they are unsafe, only that they have not yet been used enough in order to talk about their large-scale effects.
The benefits of nanotechnologies in food grade industrial packaging
Industrial packaging for food, as has already been indicated, has already seen the application of these new technologies. Which prove the benefits of using nanotechnologies in the food sector.
Let’s see some of the results of the use of nanotechnologies in the food sector:
Some nanotechnologies have the ability to make packaging more resistant to external agents. With the use of these materials, therefore, it will be possible to reduce the use of harmful materials. And also at the same time they ensure very high performance.
Other materials offer industrial packaging a greater possibility of preserving food.
For example, there is packaging that has an antimicrobial function, which will reduce the chances of food degrading quickly. Indeed, some of these industrial packaging’s for food have the ability to “capture” the oxygen present in the external environment. In order to prevent the food from deteriorating, or drying out too much, as can happen with vegetables.
Finally, some nanometric particles also have a “communication” function with the outside world. Through, food packaging anyone can know about the condition of the food. And also the time remaining to be able to consume it and so on.
Here, therefore, the collaboration between new technologies and the food industry can lead to excellent results, especially for the limitation of waste and the protection of health.