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A Brief History of Food Packaging Equipment and Technology

Food packaging has been around for quite some time. In fact, since the advent of the Industrial Revolution in the 1700s, food packaging has played a prominent role in the quality, safety, and transport of the foods we eat every day. As the attached video explores, there is more to food packaging than meets the eye, and today, technology is leading the way. Here is a brief look at the history of food packaging equipment and technology, then, now, and where it is headed.

Canning is considered by many to be the birth of food packaging, and since then, we have used boxes, plastics, and other materials to package, store, and protect our food. With the introduction of automation in the early 1900s, the packaging boom was on, and technology was only beginning.

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Today, there are many concepts and ideas being tested and created to lead the next generation of food packaging processes.

Modern technology has also provided safer and better packaging options, from the packaging process to the testing and quality assurance of food products, technology and packaging have transformed the face of the food packing industry. Even labeling on packages is one more simple way that packaging makes a difference, in not only our food, but what and how we eat. Yes, food packaging equipment has come a long way, and a lot longer than from your refrigerator to your plate.

Food packaging has been around for quite some time

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