Marrying food safety and sustainability
Tom Egan, vice president, industry services, PMMI, says food companies walk the tightrope of looking for solutions that allow using lightweight and sustainable materials while keeping food fresh and protected throughout the supply chain and reducing food waste.
Over the last decade, as sustainability has become a priority, we have asked even more of our packaging materials.
Companies are spending more on packaging made of sustainable materials, including recycled corrugated cardboard, high-density polyethylene (rHDPE) and recycled polyethylene (rPET) film, according to the 2017 PMMI State of the Industry US Packaging Machinery Report produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.
When considering sustainability and thinner materials, food companies must look for solutions that allow the package to do what it needs to do: protect the product. Part of sustainability of food packaging is lightweight, more sustainable materials. The other part is keeping food fresh and protected throughout the supply chain, reducing food waste.
Safety is non-negotiable for every food manufacturer and retailer. Packaging innovations like oxygen scavengers and temperature indicators offer solutions to increase shelf life of food products. These technologies provide an ideal solution for food manufactures prioritizing safety and working towards reducing their ecological footprint.
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