Water-soluble films producer MonoSol LLC says it has produced an edible film that can be consumed with food packaged in it.
MonoSol says its Vivos edible delivery system can be made into pouches that dissolve and release their contents when exposed to hot or cold liquids. Benefits include convenience and sustainability because the packaging doesn't need to be discarded as waste. The packaging also allows consumers to practice portion control by consuming fixed amounts of the food or beverage contents.
Targeted applications include food producers and food-service kitchens that package powdered fruit drinks, energy supplements, instant teas, gravies and soups, pasta and other products, according to the Merrillville, Ind., company.
MonoSol says the patent-pending film is a proprietary blend of food-grade ingredients. The firm claims the film is transparent and has no taste or odor. It is a good oxygen barrier and mechanically able to withstand converting techniques.
Earlier this year, MonoSol was acquired by polyvinyl alcohol producer Kuraray Co. Ltd. of Tokyo.
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