Plastic Films in Food Packaging

1st Edition

Materials, Technology and Applications

Editors: Sina Ebnesajjad
Hardcover ISBN: 9781455731121
eBook ISBN: 9781455731152
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 28th December 2012
Page Count: 384
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Table of Contents


1. Introduction to Use of Plastics in Food Packaging

1.1 Background

1.2 Polyolefins

1.3 Polyester

1.4 Polystyrene

1.5 Polyvinyl Chloride

1.6 Polyvinylidene Chloride

1.7 Polyamide

1.8 Ethylene–Vinyl Alcohol Copolymer

1.9 Renewable Resource and Biodegradable Polymers

1.10 Summary


2. Polypropylene Films

2.1 Unoriented Film

2.2 Cast Film

2.3 Biaxially Oriented Film


3. PE-Based Multilayer Film Structures

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Polymer Selection

3.3 Mechanical Properties

3.4 Barrier Properties

3.5 Polymer Sealability

3.6 Adhesive Polymers

3.7 Applications for Flexible Packaging Film Structures

3.8 Summary


4. Biaxially Oriented Films for Packaging Applications

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Orienting Technologies

4.3 Oriented Film Types—Applications

4.4 Trends for Oriented Films


5. Development of High-Barrier Film for Food Packaging

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Background

5.3 Improvement of Barrier Properties of Films

5.4 Review of Permeation

5.5 Multilayer Flexible Packaging Structures

5.6 Measurement of Barrier Properties of Films


6. Applications of Polypropylene Films

6.1 Automotive Applications

6.2 Medical Applications

6.3 Appliances

6.4 Textiles and Nonwovens

6.5 Packaging

6.6 Consumer Products

6.7 Building and Construction


7. Emerging Technologies in Food Packaging: Overview

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Innovations in Food Processing and Packaging

7.3 Food Packaging Technologies

7.4 New Food Processing Technologies

7.5 Future Trends in Food Packaging




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.

Key Features

  • Essential information and practical guidance for engineers and scientists working at all stages of the food packaging lifecycle: from design through manufacture to recycling
  • Includes key published material on plastic films in food packaging, updated specifically for this Handbook, and new material on the regulatory framework and safety aspects
  • Coverage of materials and applications together in one handbook enables engineers and scientists to make informed design and manufacturing decisions


 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. 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


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About the Editors

Sina Ebnesajjad Editor

Sina Ebnesajjad is the series editor of Plastics Design Library (PDL) published in the William Andrew imprint of Elsevier. This Series is a unique series, comprising technology and applications handbooks, data books and practical guides tailored to the needs of practitioners. Sina was the editor-in-chief of William Andrew Publishing from 2005 to 2007, which was acquired by Elsevier in 2009. He retired as a Senior Technology Associate in 2005 from the DuPont fluoropolymers after nearly 24 years of service. Sina founded of FluoroConsultants Group, LLC in 2006 where he continues to work. Sina earned his Bachelor of Science from the School of Engineering of the University of Tehran in 1976, Master of Science and PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, all in Chemical Engineering. He is author, editor and co-author of fifteen technical and data books including five handbooks on fluoropolymers technology and applications. He is author and co-author of three books in surface preparation and adhesion of materials, two of which are in their second editions. Sina has been involved with technical writing and publishing since 1974. His experiences include fluoropolymer technologies (polytetrafluoroethylene and its copolymers) including polymerization, finishing, fabrication, product development, failure analysis, market development and technical service. Sina holds six patents.

Affiliations and Expertise

Fluoroconsultants Group, Chadds Ford, PA, USA