In active and modified atmosphere packaging, edible goods and food products are packaged by bringing modification in their surrounding atmosphere by creating vacuum, flushing the optimum amount of gases, or by controlling permeability of the pack from outside gases and humidity. Thus, the primary objective of active and modified atmosphere packaging is to avoid and reduce product degradations that may be caused either by biochemical & enzymatic reactions or microbial actions over the product. By this method, the preservation of food can be done in its fresh state for a longer duration of time, without utilizing other costly preservation techniques such as canning, freezing, dehydration, and other processes.
The packaged food and pre-cut produce market, though unconsolidated, is a multi-billion dollar industry, which is experiencing high growth due to consumers’ growing interest in natural and organic products. Active and modified atmosphere packaging plays an important role in ensuring the freshness and quality of the products.
In view of the high rise in consumer demand for fresh-cut organic and natural products, demand for active and modified atmosphere packaging is expected to grow significantly over the forecast period of 2016-2024.
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Fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, sea food, and similar commodity products need to be stored in their fresh state before they reach the retail market. Sometimes, these products are transported across longer distances, making a journey spanning several days and weeks before they enter the retail market for their consumption. To increase their shelf time and maintain their quality, the atmosphere in which they are stored is altered with the help of various technologies during packaging.
Active and modified atmosphere packaging is one of the best preserving techniques in which specific seasoning agents are assimilated into the film polymer or within the packaging containers, which modify the atmosphere in which the products are stored. Growing consumer demand for natural and quality products are the major factor fueling growth of the active and modified atmosphere packaging market globally.