Smart Technologies to Revolutionize Packaging Jars in Food Industry

Smart Technologies to Revolutionize Packaging Jars in Food Industry

Packaging jars are being used largely to pack various products including cosmetics, food, etc. Packaging jars are generally made of plastic or glass protecting various products from changing temperature. Packaging jars are being used on a large scale in the food industry as they are reusable and uses minimum coatings that can impact food quality. Manufacturers are also focusing on producing smart jars that can communicate with users and can provide essential information.

For instance, Neo smart jar is built using sensors that can provide information on real-time nutrition, recipes, can track the consumption, provide freshness alert. All these details can be viewed through the app. Along with all these features, it also provides zero touch shopping by automatically adding the item before the user run out of it. Similarly, manufacturers are planning to introduce more such smart jars using mobile application.

According to the report by Future Market Insights (FMI), the packaging jars market is anticipated to witness significant growth during 2017-2027. The rising market for ready to eat products is also contributing towards the growth of packaging jars market. North America followed by Europe is anticipated to have the largest market share for packaging jars. While Asia-Pacific is projected to witness highest growth rate in packaging jars market between 2017 and 2027. However, rules and regulations by governments in various countries regarding the use of plastic is hampering the growth of packaging jars market.

Material innovations and new designs for packaging jars

Manufacturers have started using plastic over the glass as a material to produce packaging jars. This is increasing as the plastic is safe to handle and weigh less as compared to glass. The PET jars and bottles are also safe to transport due to their robustness. However, the industry has moved one step forward and manufacturers with zero-waste initiative are focusing on producing eco-friendly and biodegradable jars using sugarcane and bamboo. Manufacturers have also started producing metal or aluminum jars that can be reused and refilled, thereby minimizing wastage. Aluminum jars are strong, lightweight and can also be recycled easily.

Aluminum jars can preserve the food for a long time and can provide 100% protection against light, moisture, oxygen and other conditions. One of the biggest benefits is that they are rust-proof and keep the product safe for a longer period of time.

With innovation in packaging, restaurants have also started serving in reusable and screw-top jars. The to-go dishes in jars are common in Asia and Europe, however, it is also becoming a popular trend in the U.S. The restaurants have started serving salads and bowl dishes in a jar by layering the ingredients. These jars are easy to carry and can offer the benefit of consuming the food anytime and anywhere. These restaurants are also using eco-friendly jars to reduce wastage.

However, there is the biggest opportunity for manufacturers in smart jar packaging as it is an emerging concept in packaging industry attracting a huge number of customers. Hence, companies have started using Near Field Communication (NFC) labels on jars facilitating communication between the brand and customer.

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