Plastics in the food industry

Plastic is one of the most commonly used materials in the food industry for food packaging.  Its role in food safety and reducing food waste has made it an essential material in the food industry. Food contact plastics must comply with the strictest international, European and national legislation and regulations in order to provide a guarantee for consumers, who are increasingly more sophisticated and demanding.

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Ethylene scavengers to extend the shelf life of fresh fruit

The development of new packages and packaging technologies for fresh fruits and vegetables is a constant for packaging companies, in order to give an answer […]

Types of food packaging

In this post, you will find the most relevant types of food packaging of the market and the application sectors where they are used.

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Food packaging: The challenge test and the use of recycled plastic

The use of recycled material in food packaging is an opportunity for the sector but is subject to important environmental and health requirements that must […]

UPLIFT, a project to boost circular plastic packaging in the food & drink sector

SUSTAINABLE INNOVATIONS and AIMPLAS are the two Spanish partners involved in the execution of UPLIFT, a new project funded under the European Union’s Research and […]

European REFUCOAT Project develops recyclable food packaging and new active packaging systems against Salmonella

The REFUCOAT Project has developed innovative, efficient, bioplastic food packaging production processes using renewable materials that are also recyclable and could replace conventional fossil-based raw materials.

New standard on reusable plastic dishes

Continuing on from the standardisation work that began last year after the introduction of UNE 53928 “Plastics. Reusable polypropylene cups for food use. Definition and test method”, the same standardisation work group CTN 53/SC 4/GT 4 has tasked itself with introducing a new edition of this standard, however this time with the proposition of increasing its scope to include all types of reusable plastic dishes.

Benefits of using recycled plastics in food packaging

The reasons to use recycled plastics in new products are many, among others environmental and economic benefits. Companies can decrease the carbon footprint of their products by using recycled plastics while the costs of material acquisition can also be reduced in some cases.