The employed material , the amount and its distribution according packaging shape are key factors in cost saving while keeping food quality and safety. Other key factor is the packaging system implemented that could be modified atmosphere, active or intelligent packaging and barrier packaging.
Considereing product requirements, it is possible to determine the material and the packaging system to guarantee the conservation. By using active or barrier materials, for example, results in a reduction of the used of materials with limited functionality, and therefore a costs save.
Depending on the packaging usage and consumer´s handling capability, the amount of packaging material used can be optimized. Packaging design is carried out by analyzing the critical points that require a higher amount of material (more resistance) and those points where it is not necessary. Preventive measures in origin has its environmental recognition (the less material used the less environmental impact) what can be translated into less taxes.