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Flexible Packaging & Food Safety

‘It’s all in the packaging’ is a phrase most manufacturers swear by. Unless the consumer tastes the end product, he wouldn’t know the quality. But to convince him to pick up that packet from the supermarket shelf, a good and attractive packaging plays a major part.

The role of flexible packaging isn’t limited to just attract the consumer. It is also meant to protect the food items inside.  Protection from contamination and deterioration throughout its shelf life is also an integral part of good flexible packaging. It must also be informative of the nutrients and ingredients and other details in compliance with the labeling and packaging regulations.

Some of the basic features considered for good flexible packaging are:

  • Compatibility with the product and storage conditions
  • Protection of the product from deterioration of chemical, physical or biological nature
  • Appropriate packaging intended for the final use of the product (e.g. – Microwavable packaging, resealable packets etc)
  • Ability to sustain the stress of production and distribution – won’t crack/break or degrade

No material is inert. When a material like plastic is put into contact with edible products there will be a release of substances from the plastic into the edible content. The release will depend on 3 factors namely:

-The types of material

-Type of edible content

-Contact conditions

However, the release or ‘migrants’ as they are known into the food content doesn’t not render it toxic or dangerous to consume   because a shield layer of plastic which is food grade is used while forming the packaging material.  Even the   migration is taken into account by regulators while approving a new food contact substances. Studies on toxicology are carried out by regulators prior to approval.

Uflex Ltd., India’s largest flexible packaging company has been offering amongst others, the food packaging solutions for more than two decades now.  The company offers packaging materials for food products made out of BOPET (Biaxially Oriented Polytthylene Terapthalate), BOPP (Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene) and CPP (Cast Polypropylene) films. The manufacturing of these products are in strict adherence to the international standards and norms. Flexible packaging at Uflex is known for excellent chemical resistance, strength, protection against moisture and odour and dimensional stability.

Keeping up with the times and the dynamics of the packaging industry Uflex has been a pioneer in setting benchmarks for delivering innovative packaging concepts and to ensure the safety and viability of the packaged food in its life cycle.

Future of Packaged Food Industry in India: Drivers and Barriers

Indian packaged food industry in the past couple of years has seen an exponential growth of demands both within the country and outside.  It is expected that the surging demand will further exceed the present growth expectation in the near future.  Bain & Company India, the national unit of the global business consulting firm and FICCI discusses the various driving factors and the possible challenges faced by the food packaging industry in a recent report titled ‘Processed Food in India: Enablers and Barriers’ It further focuses on how the Indian economy is changing at a fast rate in terms of its lifestyle, and is based on a number of primary and secondary researches conducted in various sections Indian society.

The key factors that will shape the growth in India’s packaged food industry are:

  • Agricultural strength laying the foundation for expansion
  • Demographic shifts resulting in surging domestic demand
  • Market-player interventions
  • Favorable government policy

Indian packaged food market and packaging industry is thriving and has witnessed strong annual growth for several years now. For instance, confectionery, dairy, baked goods, sauces and household staples such as packaged rice, was worth approximately Rs 1 lakh crore at the end of 2011. With rising incomes, changing lifestyle and favorable demographics, the Packaged Food Industry has shown a remarkable growth of over 13 per cent per annum over the last few years. This annual growth is not only considered a big opportunity for the companies serving agricultural and several ancillary sectors but also a new gateway for employment, economic growth and quality of life in India.

With the changing lifestyle, there has been a consistent increase in preference and demand for packaged foods amongst the Indian population. These can be seen as a great opportunity by the packaging companies of India. The agricultural strength amalgamated with a various other factors like competent market price and favorable government policies have further aggrandized the Indian food packaging sector.   It is worth mentioning that leading flexible packaging companies like Uflex Ltd. have contributed greatly in both domestic and international food packaging market with its innovative and world class flexible packaging solutions, a variety of value added flexible packaging material, sophisticated products including films like BOPET, BOPP and CPP.

Despite India being a favorable destination for the packaging industry, there are a number of barriers that can hinder the anticipated growth.  Lack of proper infrastructure, difficulties in conducting business and profitability challenges are considered by the Bain & Company and FICCI report as the three major barriers that can hinder the growth of packaged food industry.

In order to succeed and utilize the tantalizing opportunity in the packaging sector, a proper planning while considering the existence of multiple stakeholders is crucial. Indian packaging industry has to recognize the biggest enablers that will drive success and identify the barriers likely to hinder it thereby developing and executing action plans that will optimize the first while mitigating the second.