Nano-enabled Packaging in Food and Beverages Gaining Increasing Popularity

Published Date : Feb 16, 2016

It is interesting how advances in technology are blended with everyday life, making it simpler, safer, and interesting. Nanotechnology is one such field of technology that has been vastly exploited across several areas and is observing huge investments for research and development of newer applications. Nanotechnology has significantly benefitted the development of several industries, and have made products and services even more sophisticated, point in case is the packaging industry, especially the one that assists the food and beverages industry. 

Nano-enabled packaging refers to the specialized area of packaging involving nanomaterials such as nanosilver, nanoclay, titanium nitride, etc. Studies have shown that nano-enabled packaging helps in keeping food products and beverages fresh for longer durations as compared to traditional packaging done with the help of plastic, paper, or other composite materials. Nanotechnology can help packaging materials in possessing anti-microbial, fire resistant properties, as having the advantage of being less permeable to gases.  

Currently, the food and beverage industry uses two different types of nano-enabled packaging technologies: active packaging and intelligent packaging. 

Several segments of the global food and beverages industry have started utilizing nano-enabled packaging techniques. Products such as meat, fruits and vegetables, prepared foods, bakery, and a variety of beverages can be seen conveniently packaged in nano-enabled packaging these days. 

The popularity of food products and beverages packed with the help of a variety of advanced packaging techniques has significantly increased in the past few years. This trend has developed several growth opportunities for the nano-enabled packaging market. Over the coming years, as more advanced and reliable nanomaterials will enter the market, nano-enabled packaging is expected to become even more advanced and will see adoption on a wider scale.

However, the scrutiny that surrounds the overall effect of nanoparticles on human as well as environmental health, is expected to limit the growth of the nnao-enabled packaging market to a certain extent as well. Like many other fields being affected by nanotechnology, the field of packaging can also see significant benefits if the science of nano particles is applied in the right way. 

Some of the key vendors currently operating in the global nano-enabled packaging market are Amcor Limited, Klckner Pentaplast, Bemis Company, Inc., and Tetra Pak International S.A.