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Course, academic year 2023/2024
Food Packaging - M324001
Title: Balení potravin
Guaranteed by: Department of Food Preservation (324)
Faculty: Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology
Actual: from 2021
Semester: winter
Points: winter s.:4
E-Credits: winter s.:4
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/1, C+Ex [HT]
Capacity: 50 / 50 (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
For type:  
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Vápenka Lukáš Ing. Ph.D.
Interchangeability : N324026
This subject contains the following additional online materials
Annotation -
Last update: Fialová Jana (19.12.2017)
The subject is focused on explanation of basic functions of food packages, first of all on the protective role. The students should understand the principles of food package design concerning the protection against mechanical changes, humidity influence, redox processes, flavour changes, temperature variation, microorganism contamination, action of insect and animals, etc. The hygienic as well as environmental aspects of food packaging systems are also stressed. The basic principles of the design of food packaging machines are mentioned, too.
Aim of the course -
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The students will able to:

i) propose the packaging system for particular food product including the specification of functional parameters of suitable packaging materials,

ii) specify the possibility of application of given packaging material in food processing,

iii) communicate properly with producers and suppliers of food packaging materials.

Literature -
Last update: Vápenka Lukáš Ing. Ph.D. (11.09.2023)

R: Robertson G.L., Food Packaging: Principles and Practice, Third Edition, CRC Press, 2012,978-1-4398-6241-4

A: Arvanitoyannis I., Modified Atmosphere and Active Packaging Technologies, CRC Press, 2012, 978-1-43-980044-7

A: Coles R. a kol., Food Packaging Technology, Blackwell, 2003, 978-0849397882

Learning resources -
Last update: Vápenka Lukáš Ing. Ph.D. (11.09.2023)

The script for subject Food Packaging (in Czech): Dobiáš J., Vápenka L., Votavová L., Balení potravin, Praha 2019 (

E-learning (in Czech): Balení potravin (

Syllabus -
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1. Economics of food packaging, general demands on packaging.

2. Packaging materials, their properties and use - wood, textiles.

3. Paper.

4. Metals.

5. Glass.

6. Polymers - types and general properties.

7. Natural polymers, modified natural polymers.

8. Synthetic polymers - polyolefines and their copolymers.

9. Vinyl, acrylic and nitrogen polymers.

10. Polyesters, epoxide resins, aminoplasts, phenolic plastics. Glues.

11. Printing techniques, protective role of packaging.

12. Protection against moisture and oxidation changes.

13. Packaging and temperature changes, packaging for microwave heating.

14. Environment aspects of food packaging, ecobalances.

Registration requirements -
Last update: Fialová Jana (19.12.2017)

Principles of Food Preservation