Packaging food with plastics, metal, glass, and ceramic technologies help to preserve food during sale, shipping, and preparation. Ralph Wiley invented industrial saran polymer in the 1930s, and household Saran wrap was introduced in 1953 to provide an excellent barrier to oxygen, moisture, aroma, and chemicals under extreme humidity and temperature conditions.
The past 50 years brought dramatic advances in the field of plastic products, including food packaging. PVC, polyethylene, and polypropylene wrappings, multilayer wrappings, relating systems (plastic and metal laminates), and PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles enable the long-term storage of raw meat, sausages, dairies, candies, processed foodstuff, water, and soft drinks in shops and at home.
More than 90 per cent of all foods reach the consumers in a packaged form. For this very reason, the quality of packaging is a vital issue. BASF uses high-tec materials and technology to offer state-of-the-art packaging solutions.
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