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Role of plastics additives for food packaging

: Singh, Preeti; Sängerlaub, Sven; Wani, Ali Abas; Langowski, Horst-Christian


Pigment & resin technology 41 (2012), No.6, pp.368-379
ISSN: 0369-9420
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IVV ()

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.