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New Technology! 5 Innovative Technologies That Change The Food Packaging Industry

Jul 05, 2022

In the world of rapid digitalization, the technology of food packaging is also constantly improving. At present, researchers and scientists are exploring new packaging technologies that are conducive to food safety. The following 5 innovative technologies may bring brand-new changes to the world's food packaging industry.

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 Micro Packaged

A research team at Texas A & M University in the United States has developed a "thin-film", which may become a new trend in the field of food packaging. It is reported that this material is only composed of water, soluble polymers, and 70% clay particles. Compared with ordinary plastic, this kind of packaging is not only environmentally friendly but also has the preservation characteristics of glass, which can better preserve the foaming in soda water.

It is only one of the new technologies in the field of thin films.

Durethan is also a plastic film developed by Bayer, which can prevent water, carbon dioxide, and oxygen from decomposing food.

In addition, Nanocore has also developed a plastic embedded in nanocrystals, which can preserve the oxygen in beer bottles and prevent leakage.

These lightweight micro packaging technologies with outstanding preservation functions have very prominent advantages in food and beverage. If they can be applied in these fields in the future, they will bring businesses and consumers a better experience.

Edible Packaging

The second innovative Packaging Technology is edible packaging. with the concept of green environmental protection and sustainability highly respected all over the world, food packaging that is difficult to degrade has become a major problem. At present, more and more scientists are also studying edible food packaging.

Recently, a research group at Harvard University developed an edible food container called "WikiCells".Its products are made from a variety of plants, such as fruits, nuts, grains, and even chocolate. For example, the lemon film they invented contains lemon juice, the spinach film contains pumpkin soup, and the cherry film contains melted chocolate.

Micro Packaged

Edible Packaging

In addition, there are many edible packages. Japan previously had a kind of candy wrapped in edible rice paper.

In the long run, edible packaging will be the ultimate and truly effective way to achieve sustainable food packaging. However, at present, there are still few edible packaging in practical applications, and more edible packaging technologies are expected to appear.

Intelligent Packaging 

In addition to micro packaging and edible packaging forms, smart packaging technology with full technology is also being developed. At the University of Connecticut and Rutgers University, a research team and kraft food company are trying to develop something called the "electronic tongue".

The "electronic tongue" can "taste" the food and detect the state of the food, such as whether it is contaminated or deteriorated, through the sensor embedded in the package.

The packaging will change the color according to the quality of the food, so as to remind consumers whether the food is still edible. It can be said to be very smart, but it is conceivable that the cost of this form of packaging will be an important obstacle to application.

Refrigeration / Heating Packaging Technology 

Another intelligent packaging form is the packaging technology that can automatically adjust the temperature. It is reported that the "micro tool" used in this technology can absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. When you press the activation button, the tool can release carbon dioxide. Within a few minutes, the temperature of the liquid in the tank can drop to 30 degrees Fahrenheit (about minus 1 degrees Fahrenheit).

Water Soluble Packaging 

The last one is water-soluble packaging technology.

At present, MonoSol company has produced an edible conveying system called Vivos, which is a food bag that is easily soluble in water. Although it is easily soluble in water, users cannot taste the taste of this plastic film packaging when tasting food.

Water Soluble Packaging

The company said that the packaging technology is very friendly to liquid products, such as beverage powder, cereal, soup, sauce, and so on.

In general, the technology of food packaging is constantly upgrading with the impact of science and technology, user needs, environmental protection concepts, and so on. It is more and more in line with the demands of consumers, and also more in line with the green concept advocated by the global government. At the same time, it is more technical and intelligent. Many are transforming non-degradable packaging into degradable and edible packaging forms with plants as raw materials.

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