Intelligent food packaging technology

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Print date: 16 October 2023 23:33

Description of the innovative solution

Information/communication Packaging Sensors Traceability Waste Food safety Monitoring/Surveillance Supply-chain management Food design

Intelligent food packaging technology contains sourcing, safety and traceability information regarding the production, processing and environmental footprint of food. Intelligent packaging technology monitors changes in the internal and external environments and relays information about the food product to consumers or end users. For example, an intelligent packaging system can communicate how fresh a product is or show the food's temperature. Intelligent packaging systems technologies include indicators that convey information about food; quality data carriers, such as barcodes and radiofrequency identification tags which are largely used for storage, distribution, and traceability purposes; and sensors, which quantify the state of foods. While intelligent packaging technologies have been used for some time, improved and more affordable technologies are under development. Intelligent food packaging technology can improve the safety, quality, and traceability of food products as well as reduce food waste.

Supply chain segment

Processing and packaging

Maturity level

Moving to scale


Food safety

SDG target

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation


Urban Peri-urban Rural Marine/Coastal

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Aspects of sustainability and design engineering for intelligent packaging
Scientific paper
A mixed-methodology is proposed for how aspects of sustainability and design engineering can be integrated for the production of interconnected smart food packaging


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