Food and beverage packaging utilizes low cost barrier materials to limit exposure to oxygen, moisture, and/or light, thereby providing a very high probability of freshness at the time and point of sale. Disruptive technologies, such as active, intelligent, and smart (AI&S) packaging, that provide significantly improved product packaging performance (with respect to shelf life and/or quality) per unit cost and additionally facilitate product distribution and provide information to vendors and consumers about quality and other parameters would provide cost benefits through supply chain and distribution savings.
Client seeks disruptive packaging and low cost sensor or indicator technologies that have the potential to dramatically improve the product lifetime of shelf-stable food and beverage products in a 5-10 year timeframe. Client also seeking technologies that provide information relating to quality management, in-store product flow, consumer insights, and inventory awareness for supply-chain management of shelf-stable foods and beverages.
Keywords: Active packaging, intelligent packaging, beverage, bottle, food, snacks, sensors, oxygen scavenger, antimicrobial packaging, shelf-life extension, preservation, freshness, quality, inventory control, modified atmosphere, temperature time indicators, integrity gas indicators, freshness indicators, pressure sensors, gas sensors, biosensors, smart shelves, polymer films, polymer coatings