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Challenges of Smart Packaging Integration
Integration of smart packaging will become more frequent as more technologies are developed, and existing options become more cost-efficient, and the world will see a higher quality, more sustainable supply chain emerge.
FREMONT, CA: A complex supply chain must be followed to reach a consumer's fork from the farm for a food item. For instance, the process behind the cereal in the cabinet is significantly more tricky than most people know, from harvesting and processing to packaging and distribution.
Standards have been implemented to warrant that each food item is of suitable quality and safety, and packaging has been improved with great care and inventiveness. Developing a better, more sustainable food supply chain has always been an iterative process. Advancements in technology have now opened even more significant packing potential.
Smart packaging is without a doubt the way of the future in the food supply chain. However, there are significant obstacles between the created technologies and their meaningful incorporation into the supply chain. Food spilage is complicated and can be caused and accelerated by several reasons. As a result, while technological advancements may reduce some causes of food waste, notable progress is required before each cause of waste can be addressed.
Even if these technologies are created and made available, integrating them into the supply chain will be extremely difficult due to the global network's extent, scale, and complexity. In addition, the food supply chain is so well-established that changing even minor aspects of it would take a significant amount of time and effort. As a result, to be broadly adopted, many of the technologies involved with smart packaging must be more publicly available and affordable.
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Smart packaging is unquestionably an essential component of a safer and more efficient food supply chain. Integration of smart packaging will become more frequent as more technologies are developed, and existing options become more cost-efficient, and the world will see a higher quality, more sustainable supply chain emerge. Furthermore, smart food packaging can be prohibitively expensive. While food waste is a huge financial burden on the food business, not to mention the humanitarian consequences, the expense of smart packaging may currently outweigh the benefits, such as reduced food waste.
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