Edible packaging materials are made from proteins, polysaccharides, and lipids which are transformed into thin films. The film is converted into bags and pouches which are then used for wrapping food. They are commonly termed as food wrapped in food. Food packaged in edible packaging material is safe for human consumption. The main purpose of edible packaging is to create a strong barrier between the food and the environment which increases shelf life and quality of food and also reduce waste generation. A large amount of food packaging material is found in landfills. Usage of edible packaging would reduce the waste generated by food packaging industry. For instance, products such as, yogurt are double packaged where each serving is packaged in container and many such containers are packed in a large container. If each serving is packaged in edible packages than only larger package would be required.
Edible packaging provides advantages such as improvement in mechanical properties such as migration and permeation, minimization of respiration in vegetables and fruits, limitation in movement of moisture and other gases, enhancement of sensory properties such as sheen, extension of shelf life and provide antioxidant or antimicrobial properties. They also provide health benefits by incorporation of minerals, vitamins, and bioflavonoids. The aforementioned advantages of edible packaging and reduction of packaging wastage are the major growth drivers for edible packaging market. Furthermore, the increase in demand for processed food and technology advancements are fueling the market growth. The challenges for edible packaging industry are high cost of materials as compared to synthetic packaging and regulatory requirements.
Edible Packaging -Market Taxonomy
On the basis of material type, the global edible packaging market is segmented into
On the basis of end user, the global edible packaging market is segmented into
Lipid based edible packaging formed the largest segment in 2016 as they provide protection from moisture and provide sheen which enhances aesthetics of the product. Protein based material is the fastest growing segment due the health benefits of proteins such as improvement in immunity and energy levels and maintains proper functioning of the body. Composite films are made by combination of materials to make a structurally strong and resistant packaging material. Moreover, proteins provides desirable mechanical and optical properties which helps them to prevent contamination by foreign substances. The demand for edible packaging is high in food and beverages industry.
Edible Packaging -Market Outlook
Key Players in the Edible Packaging Market
The companies are adopting various organic and inorganic growth strategies to retain their market position. Some players operating in the edible packaging market include BluWrap, Devro PLC, JRF Technology LLC, MonoSol LLC, Safetraces Inc., Skipping Rocks Lab, Tate & Lyle Plc, Tipa Corp, Watson, Inc, and WikiCell Designs Inc.
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