Packaging in the fruit and vegetable sector and circular economy


CATEGORY: Sustainability and environment BRAND: ITENE

Despite the fact that the "bulk" method generates the least amount of waste in principle, it must be borne in mind that a minimum amount is inevitably generated throughout its life cycle

María Monedero and Paula Torrijos - ITENE


According to World Health Organization (WHO) data released in April 2020, the global prevalence of obesity has nearly tripled between 1975 and 2016. To combat this disease, the WHO is pointing to several strategies, including increasing the consumption of fruit and vegetables. In this respect, the consumption of 5 pieces of fruit and vegetables every day is recommended. However, the current pace of life sometimes does not allow, or at least hinders, the intake of certain fresh food groups, including fruit and vegetables. To overcome this problem, companies are increasingly turning to new technologies for post-harvest treatment and packaging of these products, trying to simplify and facilitate their consumption, extend their shelf life and improve their quality over a longer period of time.


Fruits and vegetables are "living" products and therefore, even when separated from the plant, metabolic processes such as respiration remain active. This fact gives them special characteristics that must be taken into account when selecting the optimum packaging system. On the other hand, although product requirements are essentia... READING MORE AT

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