Packaging Technology and Science

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Early View (Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue)

Editors-in-Chief: David Shires, Diana Twede

Impact Factor: 1.584

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 12/39 (Engineering Manufacturing); 53/123 (Food Science & Technology)

Online ISSN: 1099-1522


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  1. Research Articles

    1. The Effect of Active Packaging on Microbial Stability and Quality of Chinese Steamed Bread

      Qi Sheng, Xiao-Na Guo and Ke-Xue Zhu

      Article first published online: 15 MAY 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/pts.2138

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      (a) Control: air-packaged sample, (b) samples packaged with oxygen absorber (OA), (c) samples packaged with OA + EE (1% v/v) and (d) samples packaged with OA + EE (3% v/v).

      1. A novel method is found for Chinese steamed bread preservation.
      2. Microbial shelf-life of Chinese steamed bread can be extended for 11 days.
      3. Active packaging can effectively maintain the quality of Chinese steamed bread.
    2. The Effect of Active Packaging on Minimizing Food Losses: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Essential Oil Component-enabled Packaging for Fresh Beef

      Hai Zhang, Mercedes Hortal, Antonio Dobon, Jose M. Bermudez and Marta Lara-Lledo

      Article first published online: 4 MAY 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/pts.2135

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      The objective of this study is to assess the overall eco-profile of the food packaging system considering the positive effect of minimizing food losses by using active packaging based on a case study on beef using essential oil component as active agent. A life cycle assessment has been carried out, and it was shown that in the case of the best-performance active packaging used, it was possible to achieve the breakeven point across all the impact categories concerned, which is a remarkable environmental merit for promoting the use of active packaging.

    3. Carnauba Wax and Modified Atmosphere in Refrigerated Preservation of ‘Tahiti’ Acid Limes

      Vanessa Cristina Caron, Angelo Pedro Jacomino, Claire I. G. L. Sarantópoulos and Ana Carolina Almeida Miguel

      Article first published online: 17 APR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/pts.2133

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      Peel yellowing and loss of mass of acid limes reduce its useful life. We tested the use of wax and different packaging to prolong the postharvest preservation. The combined use of wax and plastic Cryovac® D-955 or Vegetal Pack® films reduced the loss of mass and maintained the green peel color and the chemical characteristics. Low density polyethylene (LDPE) and Xtend® packaging resulted in high concentrations of acetaldehyde and ethanol, especially LDPE, which also misread the pulp color and led to alcohol odor.

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      The Effect of Laser Power, Traverse Velocity and Spot Size on the Peel Resistance of a Polypropylene/Adhesive Bond

      C. Dowding, R. Dowding, F. Franceschini and J. Griffiths

      Article first published online: 17 APR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/pts.2128

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      This work conducts empirical analysis of the polymer packaging seal-peel resistance response to three laser variables: power, incident traverse velocity and incident spot diameter. Analysis of these relationships has yielded an empirical relation that has been used to generate a predictive tool for users to establish operating windows given known process requirements. This work details an experimental approach that is of use for all polymer material combinations.

    5. Packaging's Role in Minimizing Food Loss and Waste Across the Supply Chain

      Karli Verghese, Helen Lewis, Simon Lockrey and Helén Williams

      Article first published online: 9 APR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/pts.2127

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      Opportunities to reduce or recover food loss and waste through improved packaging were explored. For fresh produce, these include packaging that improves product protection, ventilation and temperature control; improved design of distribution packaging to reduce damage in transport and handling; and design of primary packaging considering demographic and lifestyle to reduce waste in the home. In some cases, a focus on reducing food waste will require more rather than less packaging. Packaging developers must therefore consider the product and its packaging as a complete system to optimize sustainability.

    6. Development of Films of Novel Polypropylene based Nanomaterials for Food Packaging Application

      Z. Ayhan, S. Cimmino, O. Esturk, D. Duraccio, M. Pezzuto and C. Silvestre

      Article first published online: 23 MAR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/pts.2126

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      New antimicrobial nanocomposite films of polypropylene random copolymer (PPR), PPR/Poly-β-pinene (PβP), PPR/clay, and PPR/PβP/clay were prepared by melt extrusion for food packaging application. Structural, morphological, and mechanical barrier; antimicrobial properties; and thermal stability of the films were determined. The incorporation of both clay and PβP increased thermal stability and tensile mechanical properties of PPR and improved barrier and antimicrobial properties compared with plain PPR.

    7. Antifungal Activity of Crude Extracts of Coffee and Spent Coffee Ground on Areca Palm Leaf Sheath (Areca catechu) Based Food Packaging

      Athiya Nonthakaew, Narumol Matan, Tanong Aewsiri and Nirundorn Matan

      Article first published online: 23 MAR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/pts.2132

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      This study observed the antifungal activity of crude coffee extract (CCE) and crude spent coffee ground extract (CSCGE) against Aspergillus, Penicillum and Eurotium on the surface of an areca palm leaf sheath (Areca catechu). The extraction of CCE and CSCGE could be performed twice to obtain extracts containing aromatic compounds such as caffeine capable of inhibiting mould growth on an areca palm leaf sheath.

  2. Review Articles

    1. A Review of Thermoplastic Composites Vapour Permeability Models: Applicability for Barrier Dispersion Coatings

      Gonzalo A. Martinez-Hermosilla, Behudin (Beko) Mesic and John E. Bronlund

      Article first published online: 9 MAR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/pts.2125

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      This review discusses the applicability of the permeability models available for thermoplastic composites to predicting the performance of barrier dispersion coatings for paper materials. Because of the parallel orientation and the similar length and widths of fillers used in barrier dispersion coatings, three dimensional models such as the Fredickson–Bicerano, the Gusev–Lustic, and the Moggridge are more suitable to predict relative permeability. Further experiments are required to validate the models under varied combinations of aspect ratio and the volume fraction of fillers.

  3. Paper Presented at IAPRI Conference

    1. On-the-road Measurements to Establish the Dynamic Characteristics of Transport Vehicles

      Daniel Ainalis, Vincent Rouillard and Michael Sek

      Article first published online: 20 FEB 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/pts.2124

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      This paper presents the continued research into the development of an experimental technique to accurately estimate the dynamic characteristics (frequency response function) of road vehicles using only in-service response data. The single-wheeled prototype vehicle was instrumented to measure the actual longitudinal pavement elevation profile traversed by the vehicle. The measured pavement profiles were used to establish the actual (on-the-road) dynamic characteristics of the vehicle for comparison and to ascertain the spectral shape of the pavement excitation during each experimental run.

  4. Research Articles

    1. Choice of Life Cycle Assessment Software Can Impact Packaging System Decisions

      Ricky Speck, Susan Selke, Rafael Auras and James Fitzsimmons

      Article first published online: 2 FEB 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/pts.2123

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      Evaluation of several model packaging systems using COMPASS, SimaPro, GaBi, and Package Modeling software found significant discrepancies in LCA results. Given a common set of basic packaging containers as input, results from the LCA software systems studied disagreed on which container had the greatest environmental impact, and in some cases, impact indicators were more than an order of magnitude different between software. For LCA to be useful in guiding packaging design, this issue must be fully understood and resolved.


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