This comprehensive review delves into the vital role of edible coatings in extending the shelf life of agricultural and finished food products while advancing sustainability. Such biodegradable, eco-conscious materials stand as a sustainable alternative to traditional food preservation techniques. This paper navigates through the facets of edible coatings, highlighting their origins from green sources and their evolution concerning conventional preservation, the nuanced process of their crafting, and their technological innovations. Additionally, the advantages of natural additives and nanotechnology implementation in enhancing the effectiveness of edible coatings are illustrated and discussed. A thorough exploration of their multiple applications across various foods is provided, with a peculiar focus on their multifaceted advantages. Subsequently, the commercial viability of edible coatings is addressed by detailing their current market presence, challenges in scalability, and primary determinants for their market entry. The regulatory landscape of edible coatings is critically assessed shedding light on the current scenario and potential roadblocks. At last, a brief discussion on the prospects of edible coatings in sustainable food preservation is alleged, spotlighting upcoming advancements. The overarching theme of the review emphasizes the transformative potential of edible coatings, thereby suggesting their capability to significantly influence the food sector's sustainable trajectory.

Technological advancements in edible coatings: Emerging trends and applications in sustainable food preservation / M. Jurić, L. Maslov Bandić, D. Carullo, S. Jurić. - In: FOOD BIOSCIENCE. - ISSN 2212-4292. - 58:(2024 Apr), pp. 103835.1-103835.24. [10.1016/j.fbio.2024.103835]

Technological advancements in edible coatings: Emerging trends and applications in sustainable food preservation

D. Carullo
Penultimo
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2024

Abstract

This comprehensive review delves into the vital role of edible coatings in extending the shelf life of agricultural and finished food products while advancing sustainability. Such biodegradable, eco-conscious materials stand as a sustainable alternative to traditional food preservation techniques. This paper navigates through the facets of edible coatings, highlighting their origins from green sources and their evolution concerning conventional preservation, the nuanced process of their crafting, and their technological innovations. Additionally, the advantages of natural additives and nanotechnology implementation in enhancing the effectiveness of edible coatings are illustrated and discussed. A thorough exploration of their multiple applications across various foods is provided, with a peculiar focus on their multifaceted advantages. Subsequently, the commercial viability of edible coatings is addressed by detailing their current market presence, challenges in scalability, and primary determinants for their market entry. The regulatory landscape of edible coatings is critically assessed shedding light on the current scenario and potential roadblocks. At last, a brief discussion on the prospects of edible coatings in sustainable food preservation is alleged, spotlighting upcoming advancements. The overarching theme of the review emphasizes the transformative potential of edible coatings, thereby suggesting their capability to significantly influence the food sector's sustainable trajectory.
Edible coatings; Food packaging; Food preservation; Food quality; Natural biopolymers; Sustainable technologies
Settore AGR/15 - Scienze e Tecnologie Alimentari
apr-2024
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