Demand for Extended Food Shelf Life to Drive the Antimicrobial Packaging Market

Posted on: May-2017 | By: 9 Dimen | Chemicals and Materials

The requirement for ready-to-eat, easily prepared, and minimally processed food is rising day-by-day. Primarily, packaging of such foods was done mostly to offer barrier and protective purposes against environmental and physical damages. Nonetheless, the spoilage due to or growth of microorganisms in the packaged food has still sustained to cause troubles concerning food quality and safety.

Antimicrobial packaging is a dynamic technology packaging solution. The antimicrobial agents act as a hurdle and are mixed with the packaging materials for manufacturing the antimicrobial packaging substances. Antimicrobial packaging materials are utilized to avoid the infiltration of minute molecular and atmospheric gasses, such as oxygen, carbon dioxide, water vapor, aromatic compounds, and volatile flavor nitrogen compounds into the package.

The antimicrobial packaging market is observing augmented focus on the growth of bio-nanocomposite-dependent products, which are made up of a nano-scale filler material and bio-based polymers. They are biodegradable & more eco-friendly in comparison to the petroleum-based nanocomposites. The increasing requirement for bakery & confectionery products is anticipated to propel the growth of antimicrobial packaging market globally. Besides bakery items, these agents are broadly utilized in poultry, meat, vegetables, fruits, and seafood grain seeds.

Antimicrobial packaging is extensively utilized in the food industry owing to the increasing user requirement for products that are preservative-free and perishable, and also owing to the requirement to enhance the product shelf life. This purpose is expected to promote the need for antimicrobial packaging solutions in the near future. Active agents are secreted by the antimicrobial packaging into food products that assists in preventing the microorganism growth and thus, enhance the shelf life. These secreting agents manage the food quality and decrease the requirement of additives and preservatives.

Antimicrobial active packaging is also extensively utilized in healthcare applications. These compounds are particularly utilized to shield the tablets, medical equipment, and plastic products against fungal and bacteria growth. Antimicrobial preservatives such as cresol, phenol, ethanol, bronopol, and parabens can be mixed to pharmaceutical products to shield against microbial contamination.

The strict government regulation and rules concerning the utilization of antimicrobial agents utilized in packaging and other food products are estimated to hamper the market growth.