procedure for the replacement of biobased nanocomposites instead of Edible films infood packaging industry.To meet the increasing expectations of consumers, food must be safe, of consistently good quality and sensory attributes, healthy and inexpensive and shouldhave a good shelf life. These considerations have led to ongoing extensiveinvestigation of suitable packaging materials for food products. In a recent era, a newand an emerging class of clay filled polymers, called Polymer-Clay Nanocomposites(PCN) has been developed. Properties such as superior mechanical strength, reductionin weight, increased heat-resistance and flame retardancy, improved barrier propertiesagainst oxygen, carbon dioxide, ultraviolet, moisture and volatiles, as well asconservation of flavour in drinks and beverages are achievable with these novelcomposites.
Applications of nanotechnology for food and beverage packaging
Nanocomposite sales volumes by packaging application (in tonnes),2003-08 Main applications20032008
Carbonated soft drinks136
Meats181726Package foods and condiments45726Cheese91227Juices4591
Pet Food4591Electronics4591Pharmaceuticals4523Household appliances andautomotives4523
Today, food-packaging and monitoring are a major focus of food industry-related nanotech R&D. Packaging that incorporates nanomaterials can be “smart,”which means that it can respond to environmental conditions or repair itself or alert aconsumer to contamination and/or the presence of pathogens. According to industryanalysts, the current US market for “active, controlled and smart” packaging for foods2