Demand for Hygienic Packaging Picks Up
Day by day the demand for the need of hygienic packaging in food processing industry is picking up tremendously due to stringent industry regulations and consumer’s no compromise towards the quality of the products manufactured, pushing the manufacturers to adjust the production techniques and the equipments. Consumers demand a change in packaging process while producing food products especially in dairy based and baby food, to include various ways of packing styles and sizes. Moreover, the demand for dairy products in countries like India and China is on the rise as these products contribute significant part in the daily diet. To keep up the pace with the growth, manufacturers are adopting modern filling methods that strictly adhere to quality of the products, increase the volumes of the products, maintaining specific sizes and broader product diversification in order to comply with stringent legislation.
Another major factor that’s driving the need for modern packaging and filling method is due to growth in food contributed with an extended shelf life, solely depending on the consumer demands for food safety and product quality, burgeoning populations in extensive remote areas as well as push to reduce product waste due to global focus on sustainability. Despite vast land territories of India and China, it’s quite common to transport packaged food products over the longer distances to inaccessible areas, shall remain a challenging task to preserve the food items if there’s limited or no cold storage facility available.
As a result, hygienic packaging and filling equipments has undergone significant technological advancement in the recent years, most importantly increase in production and higher manufacturing flexibilities. Today’s modern equipments enables quicker format and product changeovers to process multiple packaging sizes and organized on a single machine, offers improved machine designs and the concept of increased uptime and enhanced reliability in product manufacturing.
Most of the filling technologies available in the market allow packaging of food at various hygienic levels of clean, ultra-clean and aseptic. In order to enable food extended shell life and reduction in wastage resulting from product spoilage. The need relies on minimal processing and usage of few preservatives for conservation provides vital added benefit of preserving the original product taste.
There are various types of hygienic methodologies adopted depending the food product and the nature of preserving. These types of hygienic methodologies requires, a number of parameters taken into account, includes pH values, desired extended shelf life and most prominent microbiological hazards.
Clean processing methodology provides sufficient protection and shelf stability for edible oils and hot filled juices that are by far germ-free in nature. Other products, such as natural yoghurts, cold-filled crushed tomatoes, iced teas and chilled puddings requires more efficient process known as Ultra Clean.
Aseptic filling, the highest amongst hygiene level, is essential for products such as diary based and baby food, which needs to posses shelf stable outside of the cooling chain. Aseptic process enables manufacturers an opportunity to extend the shelf life without compromising on the quality of the product and adding any preservatives. This primarily acts as a key selling point for consumers of health-conscious that can be consumed directly from the containers.
The primary concept of present day innovation in packaging technology involves packaging materials used to manufacture. Previously, manufacturers used Glass and Metal to fill the liquids and viscous products with particulates. Nowadays, manufacturers have adopted to use thin-walled plastics as an alternative material to those of traditionally used that are thin and easy to carry.
The change in consumer’s interest for liquids and viscous foods also presents the challenges for variety in filling and packaging food in different viscosity, particulate sizes and filling patterns such as swirl in design. Consumer’s preferences tend to change from different shapes and sizes, to carry them properly and easy to handle.
The modern filling technology will reinvent itself with the time as per the consumer preferences and most importantly preserve the quality of the product for longer hours, there will be more innovations in packaging industry set to come in near future.
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