Packaging Industries in globalizing economies have been conforming to the dynamic demands of quality standards in the packaging for human consumables.
As economies globalize all over the world, the quality standards associated with consumer products, especially with respect to safety and health, are rapidly conforming to international cutting-edge standards.
Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the packaging industry, especially in modified atmosphere packaging for edible consumer products (or food packaging).
The types of food packaging with respect to chemical and material composition and characteristics, appearance and sizes of packaged containers vary with the requirements not only from one type of food product to another but with respect to climate and logistic considerations as well. The following are the food packaging trends in the modern day with respect to such requirements and the advancements that have made them possible.
Modern atmospheric packaging (MAP)
MAP is a modern packaging technique that involves modifying the atmospheric composition within packages for food and drugs.
This is normally done by manipulating the gasses and the packaging conditions, including temperature and pressure within packages to increase the enclosed products resistance to decay and the incubation of aerobic organisms (germs).
This is normally accomplished in most food packages by reducing the amount of oxygen within these packages and replacing with appropriate gasses which are either inert or which help halt the development of germs and the onset of decay; the oxygen is normally extracted and replaced by the inert nitrogen or the anti bacterial CO2 (carbon dioxide gasses). This technique has lately become the standard for food packaging for the FMCG industry all over the world.