Food Packaging

By Diana Maricruz Perez-Santos

The globalization of the food industry would not have reached its current point without the technological development of packaging. The need to produce and distribute food has led to the development of all types of packages. Here are the pros, cons and new trends in the field of food industry.

Some seriously underpaid labor

Usually I do not speak about the things as if they were people, but in this case I l will advocate for food packaging.  It is not easy being packaging: they are forced to comply with all kinds of quality tests, are sacrificed to save the food under their protection (because it has thousands of enemies), are strongly judged by their appearance and without exception all of them are sterilized. Many responsibilities just to end immediately thrown into the trash. Not to mention criticism over the pollution they generate.

Something more difficult to be than the packaging  is a food packaging inventor. Designing a package includes different areas of knowledge: materials, food safety, marketing … to name a few. Many factors must be considered and cost be adjusted to a budget per unit that doesn’t impact the cost of product. I could compare the level of detail engineering of food packaging with that of a luxury car.

The publicity packaging

The packages are commercials in 3D, which are spread by the consumers in their everyday life without the need to pay a sex symbol to consume the product during the Superbowl. The best example of this point is the Coca Cola’s Contour bottle designed by Earl R. Dean in 1915. With a history as a fairytale, the bottle was designed in order to be distinguished from the rest even in the dark. It’s been almost a hundred years since this invention, with many materials and many modifications to the original design and  still worldwide famous.

The “in” and “out”

A hot trend of the moment is biodegradable features using edible films; mixtures of polymers with vegetable resins. Food safety is never out of fashion and with the new coating technologies using nano-particles of substances that inhibit pathogenic bacteria, soon our meals will be shielded against almost any harmful microorganisms. Another hit is the preservation of the organoleptic properties.

The long and tedious quality tests are in danger due to increasing investment  in better and more efficient procedures to know the quality of packaging.  Another important change is the coupling of packaging production lines with food production, saving on transportation and infrastructure.

There even of articles of clothing and accessories made with fry wrappers and soda cans. They are a sensation in Mexico. I like to think second chances are for everyone, even for food packaging.

Where do you think food packaging will go next?

Photo Credit: http://www.foodpackagingforum.org/Food-Packaging-Health/Food-Packaging-Materials

Science Meets Food

The IFT Student Association (IFTSA) is a forward-looking, student-governed community of IFT members. Through competitions, scholarships, networking, and leadership opportunities, you’ll set yourself apart from your classmates (unless they’re members too).

8 Comments

  1. With regards to food packaging we now have several types and classes of packaging available that are also made of great materials. I believe that we are now encouraged to make eco-friendly packages that are biodegradable and recyclable so that we can help lessen its waste products which is harmful to our environment.

  2. Diana Maricruz Pérez Santos Reply to Diana

    Yes, Alice you have reason about your comment. Change all food packaging for more eco-friendly options will have a lot advantages for our food and for the planet.

  3. I love a lot of the new packaging innovations that allow you to use the package to cook and eat the food from the package. Super convenient!

    • Diana Maricruz Pérez Santos Reply to Diana

      I know it, The life style of us is not the same than a few years back. Our needs changed about what we want and what we wait in our food. The food and their packages changed at the same time to satisfy the new consumers.

  4. The Indian flexible packaging industry is driven by robust and growing businesses of its end users such as FMCG, pharmaceuticals manufacturers. With an increase in domestic consumption the demand for flexible packaging has also shot up. Flexible packaging such as plastic, paper and foil have recorded strong growth in sales supporting the overall growth of other sectors.

    • Diana Maricruz Pérez Santos Reply to Diana

      Right Supriya Singh, Some packages like flexible packages are not exclusive of food industry. The study about packages opens a lot of doors of opportunities. Thanks for sharing your experience in the Indian flexible packaging industry.

  5. Retailers and consumers are becoming aware of the environmental impact of packaging. Hence it would be worth mentioning, that designing for sustainability can actually help drive shelf impact and drive a sale. Uflex Ltd., India’s largest flexible packaging company are very particular on how the packaging measures up.

    • Diana Maricruz Pérez Santos Reply to Diana

      Totally true, each day the consumers are more informed. Keep in touch with the consumers needs helps us keep in the right direction in our business.

Leave a Reply