Packaging maintains the benefits of food processing after the process is complete, allowing foods to be packaged and travel safely for long distances from their point of origin and still be wholesome at the time of consumption. Advances in food processing and food packaging play a primary role in keeping the Australian food supply among the safest in the world. With all said and done, packaging technology must balance food protection with other issues, including energy, material, and labor costs, heightened social and environmental consciousness, and strict regulations on pollutants and disposal of municipal solid waste.
Food product packaging comes in many different forms, based on different technical requirements throughout the supply chain, government regulations, as well as marketing needs (such as brand identity or consumer information). The barrier in which the food / drink is stored and protected is the food package material.
Below is a breakdown of food packaging materials
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