An extended shelf life could make the process of supplying and distributing perishable food items more efficient and sustainable. With developing and affordable packaging solutions perishable food items can be avoided.
Packing perishable food items in the proper protective packaging can terminate degradation and triple shelf life. Longer shelf life decreases spoilage in the Agri-food chain, reduces back on the delivery frequency and lowers food waste in consumer homes.
Packaging for food should be made-to-measure. The selection of materials and packaging method are identified by the type of product. The gas permeability for the packaging used for perishable products is tailored to the oxygen supply rate of the products. Certain packaging material is selected or tiny holes are made in the material to make sure that certain products can breathe.
Mr. Gaurav Jalan, Founder, and Director of India’s fastest growing packaging company Packman Packaging Pvt Ltd shares some points on how packaging can enhance the shelf life of the product.
Increased Shelf Life Having Barrier Packaging
Perishable food items that do not require to breathe such as the meat, fish, hard cheese, cooked items mostly stay fresh longer in altered atmosphere packaging. The composition of the altered atmosphere largely depends upon certain products concerned and the degradation mechanism. There are various methods to select a barrier packaging that will stabilize the modified atmosphere for the specific time of the shelf life. The extended shelf life of meat products is a good case.
Changes in the color of meat’s appearance is not only due to oxygen, but also when the product is exposed to various intensities and types of light. It has been shown that unwanted color changes can be kept to a lowest by making sure the proper balance of oxygen, light intensity, wavelengths, temperature, and production process.
Barrier packaging is more costly than conventional packaging, this is why technical innovation in this area is in full swing.
Alleviating the oxygen from the barrier packaging when packing items that are prone to oxidation, can spoil the flavor and made the product to become rancid. Even a minor amount of residual oxygen in the packaging can make fats and proteins to oxidize under the impact of light, causing an unpleasant flavor. Providing oxygen shield/absorbers to barrier packaging rinsed with nitrogen can be a way of storing the fragrance and flavor of the product.
Mr. Gaurav Jalan is the Founder and Director of Packman Packaging, one of the largest Indian packaging company that has been serving some of the world’s eminent technology, pharmaceutical, retail, fast-moving consumer goods, food, courier, publication, Jewellery, fashion, e-commerce organizations for the past 30 years.
A brilliant academic, a good graphic designer and a graduate from India’s top management institutes, Mr. Jalan is a visionary businessman and an eminent spokesperson on matters related to the Indian Packaging industry. He has witnessed and as well as participated in the growth process of India’s packaging industry’s that was few billions dollar market in 2010, grew into USD 31 billion in 2015 and is expected to turn$72 billion by 2020.
Under the leadership of Mr Gaurav Jalan, Packman.co.in (Packman’s official website) became India’s first e-commerce store for packaging solutions in the year 2002 (5 years before Flipkart was launch).
In years 2003-2005, when the majority of Indian packaging companies were primarily focused on their revenue and operations, Packman under Mr Jalan’s leadership has started using eco-friendly and recycled packaging raw materials.
Today, Packman Packaging manufactures more than one lakhs of corrugated rolls, corrugated boxes, high quality bubble sheets, safety/courier bags and more from it state of art manufacturing unit, located in Delhi NCR region. The manufacturing unit uses some of the world’s most advanced packaging material manufacturing machinery with world’s best printing technology that ensures Packman’s customers get fast and efficient delivery, high-quality brand representation through their product packaging.