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Antimicrobial packaging coatings to extend shelf life

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Antimicrobial packaging coatings to extend shelf life
A materials sciences company and a packaging manufacturer are collaborating to develop a series of tailored antimicrobial coatings
In Development – It is anticipated that the first products will reach the market by the end of 2013.

Shelf life extension

Product Categories
Drinks, Food

Relevant Materials

Relevant Packaging Formats
Bottles and jars, Cartons, Closures and dispensers (including: triggers, dosing aids, reseal and reclose devices etc.), Flexible & Films, Other

Supply Chain Phase


A material sciences company is partnering with a packaging manufacturer to develop a series of new packaging antimicrobial coatings with a view to extending food product shelf life by many months. The specific length of shelf life that each coating offers will depend on the foodstuff involved, the method of application (for example, injecting or spraying) and the packaging to which it is applied. The objective of the development work is to engineer a required shelf life by managing these three variables.

The development team are working with materials that are safe for food contact, and they will seek regulatory approval for each specific coating as it is brought to market. The two businesses will work together to integrate the new coating materials into existing packaging manufacturing processes covering a wide range of materials and packaging formats (e.g., paper and board, rigid HDPE, closures, and flexibles and films).
The development partners, Oplon and Reynolds Group, anticipate the first products will reach the market by the end of 2013.

The content in this entry has been obtained from publicly available information sources only (e.g. press releases, website and trade press articles) and is subject to completion of a validation process with the technology supplier.

Potential Benefits

The principal environmental benefit of this technology is the reduction of food waste in the supply chain and in the home through shelf life.

Intellectual Property

The coating technology in this packaging development project is the intellectual property of Oplon.

Consultant View

There are many initiatives and suppliers working towards new or improved antimicrobial packaging solutions, and readers interested in this area should search the REID database using the key word “antimicrobial”.
Other techniques may also provide extended shelf life, such as modified atmosphere packaging. A wider search using the term “shelf life extension” could also be useful.

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