Recent developments in fresh-cut produce packaging

E. Almenar
Packaging is one of the technologies most widely used by industry to extend the shelf life of fresh-cut produce. New consumer preferences and demands, public pressure to reduce food waste, rising environmental concerns about packaging waste, and the need for preventing foodborne outbreaks have resulted in significant changes in the fresh-cut produce packaging landscape in recent years. This review provides an overview of recent developments in fresh-cut produce packaging resulting from the aforementioned changes. Non-conventional atmospheres, bio-based plastics, microperforated films and temperature-compensating films are the latest in-package gas compositions and materials used for modified atmosphere packaging. Ethylene-removing packaging and antimicrobial packaging are the most advanced types of active packaging due to their relevance in fresh-cut produce quality and safety. This review covers generalities of the aforementioned packaging along with examples of academic work and commercial products.
Almenar, E. (2021). Recent developments in fresh-cut produce packaging. Acta Hortic. 1319, 13-26
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2021.1319.2
modified atmosphere packaging, no-conventional atmospheres, bio-based plastics, microperforated films, temperature-compensating films, active packaging, ethylene-removing packaging, antimicrobial packaging

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