Innovative Solutions in Agriculture, Food Preservation and Packaging: A Round-up of 5 Recent Developments

Hunter Weber

January 19, 2023 at 9:02 pm | Updated January 26, 2023 at 5:52 pm | 4 min read

The food and agriculture industry is in constant flux, with new technologies and innovations being researched and developed to improve efficiency, reduce waste, and enhance the quality of products. This article explores five of the most cutting-edge advancements poised to revolutionize the industry in the coming years. From novel methods for monitoring the moisture content of withering leaves in tea manufacturing to the implementation of e-sensing technology for reducing food waste and meeting consumer needs, these developments provide a glimpse into the future of food production and preservation. As such, this article is an essential read for those looking to stay ahead of the curve and gain a deeper understanding of the latest innovations in the industry.

Active Packaging Market Poised for Robust Growth, Projected to Surpass $64 Billion by 2033

The global active packaging market is expected to have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.49% during the forecast period, according to a report by Future Market Insights (FMI). The market is projected to be valued at $64.71 billion by 2033, with a current valuation of $26.13 billion in 2023. The demand for active packaging has reportedly increased in the food and beverage and pharmaceutical industries in emerging economies, and the demand for ready-to-eat and on-the-go foods in urban areas.

However, the market may face challenges due to the use of plastic being prohibited in some developing countries and the high cost of active packaging. The intelligent packaging segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.5%, and the oxygen scavenger segment is expected to hold the largest market share. The North American region is expected to hold the largest market share, with a CAGR of 6.2% in 2023. Key players in the market include Smartrac N.V., BASF SE, Thin Film Electronics ASA, Stora Enso, and International Paper.

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Revolutionizing tea manufacturing: New method accurately predicts withering leaf moisture content

In black tea manufacturing, accurately monitoring the moisture content of withering leaves can be challenging. In this study, researchers used a combination of near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and electronic eye (E-eye) data to predict the moisture content of withering leaves. By fusing these two types of data using a low- and middle-level fusion strategy that included principal component analysis (PCA) and random frog (RF), the researchers were able to develop a model that accurately predicted the moisture content of the withering leaves. This approach could help optimize the withering process and improve the quality of black tea.

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E-sensing Technology: A Promising Solution for Reducing Food Waste and Meeting Consumer Needs

Chemometrics was highlighted as a critical technology for predicting and sensing the shelf life of food in the 10th Shelf-Life International Meeting (SliM) held in Bogotà, Colombia, from November 28 to December 1. The conference featured presentations and poster sessions on food packaging and shelf-life research, including sustainability, shelf-life assessment, new materials, and new preservation approaches. Silvia Grassi, a researcher at the University of Milan, presented on the use of chemometrics in “e-sensing” technology to improve food quality and safety without the need to open packaging, prevent food waste, and meet consumer and retail needs.

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Combining solar power and agriculture: New study shows promise for agrivoltaic system with soybeans

Scientists at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Italy studied the effects of different shade depth treatments on soybeans grown under an elevated agrivoltaic system, which combines agriculture and solar power generation. The researchers found that soybeans’ leaf area index (LAI) and specific leaf area (SLA) were higher in the most shaded areas. Still, the average grain yield reduction for the agrivoltaic system was only 8%. The study suggests that agrivoltaic systems could be sustainable and beneficial for energy and agricultural production. Diversifying crops and promoting crop rotation could bring additional benefits to the soil.

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Researchers Get Proactive in Reducing Plant Stress

Agronomist examining damaged corn leaf , Corn leaves attacked by worms in maize field.

Two research projects funded by the American Floral Endowment (AFE) will be highly valuable for growers in the upcoming year. Researchers at the University of Georgia are investigating new ways to detect and reduce plant stress from abiotic pressures and diseases before they happen. The research aims to develop and test a novel approach for detecting plant stress before it is visible. An experienced grower typically does stress detection, but the stress must be visible to be noticed. This research will benefit the industry by speeding up detection and stopping it before it affects yield.

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In conclusion, the agriculture industry is constantly evolving, with new technologies and innovations being developed to improve efficiency, reduce waste, and enhance the quality of products. The advancements covered in this article offer a glimpse into the future of agriculture and food production, from revolutionary methods for monitoring moisture content in tea manufacturing to using e-sensing technology to reduce food waste and meet consumer needs. By staying informed about these cutting-edge developments and how they can be applied in the agriculture industry, farmers, growers, and industry professionals can make better decisions and stay competitive in the ever-changing landscape of the agriculture industry. As such, it is essential to keep an eye on the latest trends, research, and innovations in agriculture to stay ahead of the curve and make the most of the opportunities in this field.

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