Innovative processes in smart packaging. A systematic review

J Sci Food Agric. 2023 Feb;103(3):986-1003. doi: 10.1002/jsfa.11863. Epub 2022 Mar 26.


Smart packaging provides one possible solution that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In comparison with traditional packaging, which aims to extend the product's useful life and to facilitate transport and marketing, smart packaging allows increased efficiency, for example by ensuring authenticity and traceability from the product's origin, preventing fraud and theft, and improving security. Consequently, it may help to reduce pollution, food losses, and waste associated with the food supply chain. However, some questions must be answered to fully understand the advantages and limitations of its use. What are the most suitable smart packaging technologies for use in agro-industrial subsectors such as meat, dairy, fruits, and vegetables, bakery, and pastry? What are the opportunities from a perspective of life extension, process optimization, traceability, product quality, and safety? What are the future challenges? An up-to-date, systematic review was conducted of literature relevant to the application of indicator technologies, sensors, and data carriers in smart packaging, to answer these questions. © 2022 Society of Chemical Industry.

Keywords: agro-industry; food quality monitoring; food safety; intelligent packaging; shelf-life extension.

Publication types

  • Systematic Review
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Environmental Pollution
  • Food Packaging*
  • Food Preservation*
  • Food Supply
  • Meat