Biodegradable Packaging for Greasy Products

A new type of biodegradable container has been developed for products containing liquid or solid fat which prolongs the shelf life of the food.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (Procomer):

Biomat research group at the University of the Basque Country, has developed a new biodegradable packaging for fatty products, both liquid and solid, made from agro-industrial by-products, thereby contributing to sustainable consumption of raw materials and by-product recovery. The container is transparent and at the same time, an excellent barrier to ultraviolet light and gases such as oxygen. Multilayer laminates are usually used as a barrier to gases, however, the product developed by Biomat group is monolayer, thus greatly reducing its cost. Furthermore, it can be heat sealed and is printable.

This new container, which acts as a barrier between the food and the outside, changes from being merely a container (passive container) to playing an active role in maintaining and even improving the quality of the food. This active container's main function is to prolong the life of the packaged food, through control of the phenomena of permeation, through the use of barrier materials or by retention of harmful substances or incorporating substances beneficial to the packaged food.

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Trends in Health Food Packaging

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From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (Procomer):

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Food: Importance of Packaging in Germany

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When purchasing packaged foods, German consumers show a preference for small or personal sized packages and those which are transparent or colorful.

From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (Procomer):

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Trends in the Flexible Packaging

November 2014

In Central and South America the use of this type of packaging grew by 50%, going from nearly 5 billion units in 2008 to 7 billion in 2013.

From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):

The market for flexible packaging (such as those used in sauces and mayonnaise) in Central and South America has experienced rapid growth over the past five years, increasing by 50% in volume, going from nearly five billion units in 2008 to 7 billion in 2013, according to a recent report by PCI Films Consulting. The largest categories of individual final consumption were mayonnaise and tomato sauce (not ketchup), each having 16% and 23% of the volumes, respectively.

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