Cellulose film packaging is likely to replace the present plastic barrier film sector as the material is gaining significant traction amongst the packaging applications such as stand-up pouches and snack bags for the dry foods such as nuts and cereals. Cellulose film packaging is also expected to gain prominence as flexible packaging benefitting the air-sensitive products such as moist food, liquids, tiny pieces of cheese, biscuits as well as chocolate. The transparent and flexible lightweight material of cellulose film packaging helps in protecting products from humidity and atmospheric gases.
Bio-Based Cellulose Film Packaging for Longer Shelf Life
Finland’s VTT Technical Research Centre is likely to witness its lightweight and compostable cellulose film being commercialized in less than 5years time. The cellulose film packaging materials are highly suitable for greasy and dry products such as raisins, condiments, coffee, cereals and nuts, mainly the products that demand longer shelf-life. The company is of the point of view that the cellulose film packaging materials offered by the company are comparatively better than the existing biodegradable plastics in the global market and most of all, could be produced on the current packaging machinery as well. The company has taken immense efforts in developing bio-based cellulose film packaging with the combination of MMCC (plastic-type cellulose) and HefCel (fibrous cellulose) that performs and looks like plastic but is completely bio-based.
New Flexible Plastic Packaging with Cellulose
Team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology recently developed an all-new flexible plastic packaging with new synthetic creation. Tree cellulose is utilized for more sustainable as well as easily recyclable alternative. For developing the innovative packaging, researchers have taken immense efforts in spraying various layers of chitin as well as cellulose, altogether, in order to create a flexible film, which emerges as popular plastic packaging wraps for rivals. The cellulose nanocrystals offer ways to improve usage in the lightweight composites and food packaging, owing to the huge market opportunities for compostable and renewable packaging.
New Cellulose Film Packaging Offers Superior Aroma Retention Properties
Century Pulp & Paper Company recently took a major initiative towards focusing on health and hygiene, with the introduction of it all-new biodegradable cellulose film packaging named, “Natura Wrap”, targeting mainly at the food packaging. Natura Wrap is a cellulose film packaging that helps in ensuring superior aroma retention properties, which in turn preserves freshness as well as safeguards food quality. Most of all, the best feature of the new cellulose film packaging is that it biodegrades completely, thereby making it an extremely eco-friendly product.
Joint Venture to Develop Cellulose Film Packaging Benefiting Organic Cereals
Bio4Pack and Futamura companies recently entered into a partnership for creating compostable packaging, eventually benefitting Dutch organic cereal manufacturer, De Halm. The all-new compostable packaging is expected to be a formation of Tipa film and NatureFlex™. In order to attain innovative compostable materials, NatureFlex™ cellulose films might be used, as they are also certified industrial compostable, based on the European Standard – EN13432. Most of all, NatureFlex™ cellulose films packaging is expected to provide outstanding barrier properties to mineral oils, gases, moisture as well as for De Halm pack that is laminated with Tipa film, in order to attain excellent sealability.
Know What Manufacturers are Currently Working On
Manufacturers in cellulose film packaging market are working towards optimizing layer structure that would help in improving technical properties, thereby reducing amount of the materials used. Optimization of the cellulose film layers is expected to offer excellent packaging properties. In the commercialization period, amount of packaging that is produced is expected to affect price of the materials. The usage of cellulose film packaging materials would be economically feasible, thereby affecting the whole product production. With rapidly increasing demand for good printability and better durability, manufacturers are planning to develop wide-ranging innovative cellulose film packaging solutions.
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