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Publication date: 2 November 2012

Preeti Singh, Sven Saengerlaub, Ali Abas Wani and Horst‐Christian Langowski

The purpose of this paper is to review the new trends in plastic additives, with special focus on developments in food packaging materials.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to review the new trends in plastic additives, with special focus on developments in food packaging materials.

Design/methodology/approach

Phenomenological research has brought awareness and increased insight into the role of various plastic additives on the packaging of foods. The approach is based on the current trends and the industrial protocols for the additives used in plastic polymer processing for the development of food packaging materials.

Findings

Packaging of foodstuffs is a dynamic process which continually responds to the changes in supply and demand which are the result of adaptations to the varying demands of the consumer, changes in retail practices, technological innovations, new materials and developments in legislation, especially, with respect to environmental concerns. A wide range of additives is available for enhancing the performance and appearance of food packaging, as well as improving the processing of the compound. Polymer additives are important areas of innovation for packaging materials.

Originality/value

The paper reviews and summarizes the recent developments in the functionality of different additives, along with their advantages and disadvantages, currently being used to enhance the properties of food packaging materials that can positively influence the environment within the packaging for the increased demand for raw or processed foods.

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Pigment & Resin Technology, vol. 41 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0369-9420

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Publication date: 19 July 2011

Preeti Singh, Ali Abas Wani and Sven Saengerlaub

The purpose of this paper is to review the recent trends in the development of active packaging (AP) for foods.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to review the recent trends in the development of active packaging (AP) for foods.

Design/methodology/approach

The most up‐to‐date and pertinent studies within the literature have been included and summated in this paper.

Findings

Fresh foods are widely consumed and are becoming a major component of the international food market. During the last decades, the social and scientific modernization, the boom in customer's needs and demands, along with the major changes in the way food products are manufactured, distributed and retailed, led to the development of alternative or novel methods for the production and preservation of food products. This review will present the most comprehensive and current overview of the widely available, scattered information about the different AP technologies for the control of various critical parameters responsible for the quality and shelf life of fresh foods with an interest to stimulate further research to optimize different quality parameters.

Originality/value

This paper offers a holistic view that would guide a reader to identify the recent developments in the field of AP.

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Nutrition & Food Science, vol. 41 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0034-6659

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