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DSM in Packaging & Graphic Arts

Lifting the lid on food waste

Our materials are contributing to smart packaging that doesn’t just protect the food inside (crucial as tighter new food protection legislation comes into effect) but also adds functional value in other ways. The result: We can help the industry extend shelf life, maximize profits and most importantly…fight food waste.

So how do we keep food fresh and prevent food waste?

Increasingly it’s a delicate balancing act that involves combining a range of different materials, formulations and processes to manipulate the amount of oxygen, moisture and carbon dioxide that passes into and out of the packaging.

In other words, a genuinely smart approach.


Specifically, our Akulon® polyamide 6 enables the creation of film with high mechanical strength, puncture resistance and general toughness – all the while providing an excellent oxygen barrier, slowing down the oxidization process and helping prevent microbial infection – which means food lasts longer.

Our Arnitel® VT and Arnitel® Eco family of breathable copyolester elastomers takes this a step further, providing a genuine alternative to traditional perforated and porous packaging solutions.

Drawing on our experience in food preservation (DSM provides a range of solutions for coating cheese and meats) we can even help with ripening control – through our unique Pack-Age® solution for cheese.

Getting tough on food safety

Why is food protection so important? If for no other reason it’s because the regulators are getting serious.

The Plastics Implementation Measure (PIM) introduced by the EU last year has already altered forever the legal position on food contact with plastics in Europe. The new regulations have extended the scope of Specific Migration Limits (SML) and changed the rules on migration testing – now covering multilayer packaging.

The EU has already announced 2014 as the year against food waste, setting the lofty goal of halving avoidable waste by 2025. With the right packaging, made from the right film, made from the right materials, with the right expertise…why not?