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Advances in bio-nanocomposite materials for food packaging: a review

Nitin Kumar (Department of Processing and Food Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India)
Preetinder Kaur (Department of Processing and Food Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India)
Surekha Bhatia (Department of Processing and Food Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India)

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 10 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to acquaint the readers with recent developments in biopolymer-based food packaging materials like natural biopolymers (such as starches and proteins), synthetic biopolymers (such as poly lactic acid), biopolymer blending and nanocomposites grounded on natural and synthetic biopolymers. This paper is an attempt to draw the readers towards the advantages and attributes of new era polymers to diminish the usage of traditional non-biodegradable polymers.

Design/methodology/approach

Plastic packaging for food and associated applications is non-biodegradable and uses up valuable and treasured non-renewable petroleum products. With the current focus on researching alternatives to petroleum, research is progressively being channelized towards the development of biodegradable food packaging, thereby reducing adverse impact on the environment.

Findings

Natural biopolymer-based nanocomposite packaging materials seem to have a scintillating future for a broad range of applications in the food industry, including advanced active food packaging with biofunctional attributes. The present review summarizes the scientific information of various packaging materials along with their attributes, applications and the methods for production.

Originality/value

This is an apropos review as there has been a recent renewed concern in research studies, both in the industry and academe, for development of new generation biopolymer-based food packaging materials, with possible applications in many areas.

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Acknowledgements

The authors are indebted to the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, for their support.

Citation

Kumar, N., Kaur, P. and Bhatia, S. (2017), "Advances in bio-nanocomposite materials for food packaging: a review", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 47 No. 4, pp. 591-606. https://doi.org/10.1108/NFS-11-2016-0176

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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