Active packaging is a modern method of packaging which involves the addition or withdrawal of certain gases and liquids within food packages, in order to prolong their shelf lives. Food industry is a major consumer of active packaging materials. Oxygen scavenging, ethylene scavenging, ethanol release, carbon dioxide release and water vapor removal are some of the methods of active packaging.
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Active packaging can be in the form of absorbent sachets or they can be incorporated within the packaging material. The latter mode of food preservation is expensive; nonetheless it is being explored to a large extent by contemporary packaging material providers. Besides absorbing gases, active packaging can be designed to absorb dripping liquids, controlling humidity, absorbing odors and maintaining the right concentration of gases and moisture within the packaged food items.
Some of the key competitors in this market are 3M, AstraZeneca, Active Packaging, Accutech Packaging, Inc, Amelco Desiccants Inc, BASF SE and DuPont among others.