As plastics have become more and more common in packaging, concerns have arisen about their ability to compromise the quality and safety of products. Therefore, there has been a marked increase in demand for packaging materials that give even greater protection to their contents, particularly in the food and beverage sector.
A variety of barrier technologies have been commercialized that preserve, protect, and optimize product shelf life, reduce the need for preservatives, provide transparency and gloss, and serve as a printing substrate. Without such barrier packaging, perishable goods such as food, beverages and pharmaceuticals would be susceptible to a wide range of deterioration processes. Therefore this type of technology has begun to replace more traditional pack types. In this new bulletin, Smithers Pira (smitherspira.com) examines the various challenges and forecasts in the high barrier packaging films industry.