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Plastic Films in Food Packaging

Materials, Technology and Applications

The value of the groceries purchases in the USA is over $500 billion annually, most of which is accounted for by packaged foods. Plastic packaging of foods is not only ubiquitous in developed economies, but increasingly commonplace in the developing world, where plastic packaging is instrumental in decreasing the proportion of the food supply lost to spoilage.

This new handbook is a combination of new material and updated chapters, chosen by Dr. Sina Ebnesajjad, from recently published books on this subject. Plastic Films in Food Packaging offers a practical handbook for engineers, scientists and managers working in the food packaging industry, providing a tailor-made package of science and engineering fundamentals, best practice techniques and guidance on new and emerging technologies.

By covering materials, design, packaging processes, machinery and waste management together in one book, the authors enable the reader to take a lifecycle approach to food packaging.

The Handbook addresses questions related to film grades, types of packages for different types of foods, packaging technologies, machinery and waste management. Additionally the book provides a review of new and emerging technologies. Two chapters cover the development of barrier films for food packaging and the regulatory and safety aspects of food packaging.


Sectors: Food Producers (fresh and processed), food packaging industries, plastic resin manufacturers (such as polyolefin suppliers), plastic and plastic film manufacturers, multilayer film convertors (laminators) and package fabricators.

Roles: Packaging R&D personnel, packaging design engineer, manufacturing engineer, process engineer, plastic film R&D engineer, polymer R&D personnel, plastic additive R&D personnel, package and label designers, researchers, logistics, purchasing and regulatory specialists..

Hardbound, 384 Pages

Published: December 2012

Imprint: William Andrew

ISBN: 978-1-4557-3112-1


  • 1 Introduction to Use of Plastics in Food Packaging

    2 Polypropylene Films

    3 PE based multilayer film structures

    4 Multilayer oriented films

    5 Development of Barrier Film for Food Packaging

    6 Applications of Polypropylene Films

    7 New technologies in food packaging: Overview

    8 Introduction to active food packaging technologies

    9 Introduction to modified atmosphere packaging

    10 Modified atmosphere packaging of ready-to-eat foods

    11 Preservative packaging for fresh meats, poultry, and fin fish

    12 Oxygen-scavenging packaging

    13 Antimicrobial packaging systems

    14 Damage Reduction to Food Products during Transportation and Handling

    15 Food Packaging Machinery

    16 Compostable Polymer Properties and Packaging Applications

    17 Waste Management in Food Packaging Industries

    18 A Survey of Regulatory Aspects of Food Packaging


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