Researchers from the INIA La Platina Postharvest Unit are working on generating active and intelligent packaging, making them a viable and effective alternative to minimize product losses and maximize quality maintenance in fruits.

Santiago, July 2020.- Healthy and safe food produced under sustainable systems and packed with environmentally friendly materials, are not only international trends. In Chile, consumers, increasingly informed and with a changing lifestyle, are demanding these types of characteristics and researchers from INIA's Food of the Future Area are working to satisfy them.

Specifically, advances in the packaging industry are aimed at improving and ensuring the quality of food, minimizing its environmental impact. For this reason, a multidisciplinary team of professionals belonging to the Postharvest Unit of INIA La Platina, work to generate active and intelligent packaging, to turn them into a viable and effective alternative to minimize fruit losses.

Active containers incorporate mechanisms that have the possibility of absorbing or releasing compounds into the container, with the clear objective of maintaining the quality of the product, even avoiding possible contamination. Mainly, active packages with antimicrobial activity are used to extend the shelf life of fruits, such as in minimally processed salads, ready for consumption (IV gamma).

To respond to this demand, INIA La Platina's Postharvest Unit is working on the generation of an active device with antifungal activity; feasible to be incorporated into the current packaging systems for export fruits.

While the case of smart packaging, that is, those packaging that improve the three main functions: contain, protect and inform, INIA is also working on finding better options for the market. It should be noted that, in parallel, within smart packaging, responsive systems emerged, which are those packaging that generate a beneficial or informative response as a result of a specific change that occurs on the outside or inside of the packaging.

In both cases, both in active or smart packaging, research and innovation is essential, especially considering the increase in population around the world and, therefore, the demand for healthy and safe food. Hence, it is essential to ensure the health of people with this type of packaging and that the industry assumes this challenge together with the academy and institutions such as INIA.

To learn more about the subject of packaging, we invite you to review a report from MundoAgro magazine, in which researchers from INIA La Platina, Bruno Defilippi and Pablo Ulloa, and the National Head of the Innovation Management Unit , Evelyn Silva, provided more details | see more

About INIA

The Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIA) is the main institution for agri-food research, development and innovation in Chile. Linked to the Ministry of Agriculture, it has a national presence and a work team of more than 1,000 highly qualified people. It executes an average of 400 projects per year, around 5 strategic areas: Climate Change, Sustainability, Food of the Future, Emerging Technologies, and Extension and Training of Capacities. These initiatives contribute to the sustainable agri-food development of the country, creating value and proposing innovative solutions to farmers, strategic partners and the population, generating a social profitability that varies between 15% and 25%, for each peso invested in each of their projects.

INIA, more than 55 years leading the sustainable agri-food development of Chile.

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Press contact: María Jesús Espinoza, INIA La Platina communications manager mariajesus.espinoza@www.inia.cl