MeetingPack 2015: innovations in food packaging

A transparent plastic can for canned food, oxygen absorbers that increase the food shelf-life and bags to pack wine or oil are some of the innovations lunched during MeetingPack2015, the packaging conference held in Valencia from 25th to 26th of February.

image_thumbKortec has launched a transparent plastic can that can be used for packaging food that used to be packaged in metallic cans. They permit to keep the food shelf-life up to five years.

Absorbers

In Europe 95 kg of food are wasted per person per year, five times more than in Japan. One option for increasing the shelf-life of sensible-to-oxygen-action packaged food is through the incorporation of oxygen scavengers, as Mitsubishi has done, capable to remove the remaining oxygen from inside the packages, in order to avoid the oxidation reactions that damage food and increase the shelf-life in a healthier way. The oxygen scavengers can be included as extern agents to the package, as labels or little bags inside. This kind of technology is really used in Japan because of its oxidation prevention qualities, changes of food colour, but it is not so extended in Europe. One of the advantages of oxygen scavengers is that they do not need additional industrial equipment to use these technologies. It also prevents the oxidation of oils and fat, so a better preservation of the nutritional qualities of the food is obtained.

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Foamed PP for food packaging

EDV Packaging (Barcelona, Spain) and Mucell Extrusion have signed an exclusive license agreement to produce foamed polypropylene barrier sheets for food packaging within Europe. The licensed microcellular foaming technology is the result of extensive development work that gathers more than 30 patents from Mucell Extrusion, M.I.T. (Masschussets Institute of Technology) and The Dow Chemical Company. image_thumb[1]

This agreement, combined with its own coextrusion capacity, will allow EDV Packaging to launch a new range of foamed polypropylene sheets with EVOH (barrier material). These materials will make a difference in reducing packaging weight and therefore environmental impact, thanks also to the enhanced mechanical properties when compared to other foamed materials. The new range of barrier sheets will be commercially available by the second half of 2012.