Packaging Innovation
Flexible packaging war on food waste
January 25, 2018

Flexible packaging: the ultimate weapon in the war on food waste?

Each year, about 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted. U.S. consumers alone throw away 36 million tons, or a staggering 40 percent of the food they purchase. That’s enough to feed every starving person in the world and still have leftovers. The reason why we throw away so much food? All too often, expiration dates take us by surprise. So, wouldn’t it be grand if we could somehow double the shelf life of all those food products? Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America’s innovative flexible packaging technology is up for the task. Read all about it here.

Flexible packaging is food’s best friend

Flexible packaging extending the shelf life of food is nothing new. Grapes, for instance, are known to last up to 70 days (instead of 7) when packaged in flexible packaging, steak up to 20 days (instead of 3) and the shelf life of cheese even increases 90 days. Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America, however, has now come up with new technology involving a film layer which is embedded within flexible packaging to keep all types of food fresh for much longer. Read more on flexible packaging design and sustainable packaging formats.

Tackling food waste without additives

A perfect solution for retort packaging formats, Mitsubishi’s flexible packaging technology removes all oxygen trapped within sealed packages, preserving all flavors, colors, aromas and textures without using additives. It is suitable for all kinds of foods, including liquids, processed fruit, ready meals, protein bars, wet pet foods and even organic and gluten-free products which are naturally prone to early spoilage. Mitsubishi’s special film is available to the North American packaging industry in the form of a resin and has been tried and tested to run efficiently. And, yes, it’s FDA-approved.
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