Nowadays, one of the competitive challenge that the Costa Ricanˇ¦s alimentary companies has to face up for being part of international market is to introduce innovational and new products to their customers. These products have to offer their customers some aspects like: nutritional facts, easy to make, friendly packing with the environment keeping the organic characteristics and innocuous food, the fulfillment not only has to meet the alimentary safety but other alimentary rules that demand markets, all with an acceptable price and challenge.
Todayˇ¦s view and due to the possibility to consolidate free trade agreements, the companies have to consider the necessities of the consumers in the international markets, change the products they offer, improve the production process and carry out with demand regulations of the country of destiny. The changes can be also done with a strategic to improve the productivity in the production process, trade and development, which give us the opportunity to have products and services with low prices. This is another choice to the innovation process.
An industry being innovating in last years is the plastic packing. When the crude oil price, the main raw material for the plastics, suddenly started to increase, the industry tried to find out solutions that let them decrease the costs and the volatility of the crude oil. An efficient solution is using ecological packing, that aggressively entered into the market by recycling plastic products.
Innovational Trends in Alimentary Packing
Regarding the packing materials, there is a tendency of using ecological materials like paper, for being bio-degradable, and the glass, that can be recyclable and re-usable. The new technology created water-resistant papers and with antibiotic nets against bacterium, fungus and bugs.
About the different kind of plastic, we talk about the polyestyrene for being reusable, for its light weight and soft components that helps to keep the food fresh.
The last decades, the concern for having safety food has been increased not only for the producers but also for the consumers, so new special packing have been developed for keeping the innocuous of the food. One example is the ˇ§thermo freshˇ¨ packing that keeps the food in a controlled temperature, without using dried ice neither toxic material. This new vacuum-packed donˇ¦t damage the environment.
THE PLASTIC INDUSTRY IN PERU
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PET, REUSABLE PLASTIC SOLUTION
The first step for recycling is to choose from disposal waste from a selective or simple pick up. Then, the identification and classification of bottles, washing, labeling removal, crushing, taking out of heavy particles of other materials like polypropylene, high density polyethylene, etc; followed by the final washing, mechanic drying and storage of the chip. In the second phase, this pure chip is crushed and dry, increasing their viscosity and getting crystallized ready for processing into new pet products.
Finally it is obtained different products of PET, pure and colorless for fresh sodas, water, oil and vinegar, pure green PET for fresh sodas and water. And other kind, the pure blue PET, used for water, is obtained by the two systems.
In any case, not all the PET bottles can be recycled, in spite of real tenders of the manufacturers is to get light packing, mechanically resistant etc, also comfortable for the consumers, without any problem for further recycling.
IPACK, A SOLUTION FOR ECOLIGIC PACKING