Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Packaging for Pasta

Packaging for Pasta
There are thousands of different sizes, shapes and types of packages in which pasta products may be sold.

However, they all perform the same basic functions, such as keeping the product free from contamination, protecting it from damage during shipment and storage, and displaying the product favorably and with customer appeal.

Cellophane is used primarily for packaging noodles. It provides clarity as well as insect and moisture proof protection.

Low density polyethylene bags and other types of flexible films are often used for packaging pasta products.

These offer the same protection but may not have the clarity of cellophane. They also have the disadvantage of being difficult to stack on supermarket shelves.

Many U.S pasta manufacturers prefer to package their products in cardboard boxes since they are easy to stack and provide good physical protection for the product, and advertising is easier to print and read on boxes than on plastic containers.

Modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) methods are now being used to package fresh pasta products, which are typically marketed in retail refrigerated case and are at some risk of microbial contamination.

The aim of MAP is to change the atmosphere encompassing the food product, and thereby minimize oxidative enzymatic and organoleptic changes and to retarded microbial growth.
Packaging for Pasta
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