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Process and Stages of Food Product Development

Packaging materials used for ready to eat (RTE) and ready to cook (RTC) foods

Convenient food is an idea that developed and is prevalent for a long time. With the current COVID-19scenario most people can’t dine out and the number of online deliveries has increased drastically. Similarly, the concept of ready-to-eat (RTE) and ready-to-cook (RTC) are fast becoming popular even in the Indian market to save time and labour. One of the major selling points for RTE meal products is their presentation. Manufacturers use creative packaging design to emphasize freshness, taste and enhance products shelf life .  Another major concern for manufacturers is that this packaging not only ensure the product’s safety and freshness but also needs to function as a dish to cook. Therefore the packaging materials are selected based on these factors. Moreover, consumers are demanding more eco-friendly options and are willing to pay extra for such packaged products. Businesses that keep up with ongoing trend will be able to reap the rewards. The desired shelf life for an RTE or RTC