Leadership Interview with Persis Pathre | Active Packaging Solutions for Enhanced Product Protection

SORBEAD INDIA was founded in 1996 with the sole intention of ensuring active packaging solutions to all the industries that handle the transfer of goods, stocks, commodities through strategic planning and specialised care.

SORBEAD INDIA positively practices active packaging chemistry. The company is dedicated to subserve the increasing needs of the market on preserving commodities, products & stock from the damaging impacts of moisture & humidity along with increasing the shelf life of the products. We focus on providing the best service in the industry at the most appropriate standards & style. We have an engineering department that has been tenured to create and design tailor-made products to meet your fit. The whole system is handled with utter care and efficiency to deliver a perfect result. You may expect products of the highest quality & standards.

In an exclusive interview with Packaging360, Ms. Persis Pathre shares insights into various aspects of Active Packaging & Its Importance in today’s times.

Ms Persis Pathre, Head – Global Sales Strategy
Being passionate about the pharmaceutical industry, Ms Persis Pathre was able to lead SORBEAD INDIA to incredible heights. Her technical expertise in the active packaging industry especially pharma can be considered as an added advantage as well.  Her insights & passion lead the company to generate intelligent resolutions even to the most obscure moisture issues. She is also well-versed in advanced technological innovations. Her management, leadership, strategic approach & attention to detail brought a vital and significant mark in the active packaging industry.

What is an active-packaging concept? And, why is it crucial for packaging?

Persis Pathre: Active packaging is a term used to define the process of packaging food products in such a way as to retain their quality & organoleptic properties. Active packaging also helps to enhance the health properties of packaged food products thereby prolonging their shelf-life. The theory behind active packaging is based on altering the state inside the package and therefore bringing an extension to the life of the products. The interaction plays a major role between the product and the packaging and therefore needs the right measures to prolong the storage period or even to enhance the sensory characteristics of the product or commodity.

Active packaging is important for which industries, and why?

Persis Pathre: Active packaging plays a major role in the food packaging industry due to the increasing consumer concern in the requirement of fresh products that have an extended shelf life without compromising the quality of the product. With active packaging, all the challenges of bringing in the new & improved concepts of technology packaging can be carried out without any glitches. It also enables us to present a new method to maintain & improve the quality of the packaged products. Active packaging also works as a complete solution to an extensive range of applications in the food industry. It also helps to reduce the spoilage of food or any other products due to moisture & oxygen.

The entire food industry can utilize the active packaging for its products.

Please tell us about your leadership position in the Industrial packaging industry & how it has benefitted from your solutions?

Persis Pathre: SORBEAD INDIA has been able to accelerate top-line growth & assured safe delivery of products to the consumers.

We have also been focused on nurturing the quality, safety and shelf life of all the goods, stocks and commodities. We have played a great role in the active packaging industry by contributing solutions to minimising product rejection by sustaining its quality. We are also one of the leading silica gel manufacturers and distributors of Desiccants and Adsorbents. We have been involved closely in the active packaging industry & thus brought in a significant difference to the active packaging industry by being committed & dedicated to the same.

Our products include Silica Gel, Molecular Sieves, Alumina Balls, Active Primary Packaging Desiccants, Oxygen Absorbers, Pharmaceutical Coils, Aluminium and Laminated Tubes that are in high demand across industries as it plays a major role in protecting the quality of the packaged products through modern systems. We also incorporate intelligent packaging as it complements our active packaging and thereby communicates to the buyer.

How is next-generation food packaging changing post the COVID pandemic?

Persis Pathre: The covid-19 pandemic has reshaped the thought process of the packaging industry. The pandemic has got the packaging companies to rethink the packaging design whilst covering the reasonable costs, performance and even the convenience of the same. The three major factors to be looked into whilst packaging are sustainability, hygiene and consumer safety concerns. Luckily with the Desiccants & Adsorbents, things can be taken care of with much ease.

How has the packaging market changed in the last 25 years of SORBEAD INDIA?

Persis Pathre: With India’s growing population and income levels for the last 25 years, there has been an increased requirement for active packaging in almost all industries.

The new demographic conditions & customer demands along with the growing purchasing powers has, in turn, increased the use of active packaging in almost all industries.

The Covid 19 pandemic taught us that preserving stocks, goods & commodities have turned out to be a necessity rather than a privilege.

SORBEAD INDIA has been able to contribute to this by being focused on protecting the products and serving the demands of the industry through strategic packaging solutions and technoscientific care.

Where do you see the growth potential for products based on active packaging technology?

Persis Pathre: With an increased demand for quality products that can be met only by active packaging, it is ok to say that the growth potential for products based on active technology is increasing in leaps & bounds along with the continued demand by the consumers for sustainable packaging & quality products hence contributing to our growth.

Find more information about Sorbead India at sorbeadindia.com



Dr. R. Rangaprasad, is currently Business Head, Packaging 360, a Mumbai based knowledge service provider vertical under Catalyzing New Technology (CNT) Expositions & Services LLP. Packaging 360 is a comprehensive knowledge sharing ecosystem for the Indian packaging industry (www.packaging360.in).

Dr. R. Rangaprasad is a chemical technologist by training having earned his Ph.D. (Tech) degree from UDCT (now ICT) in 1992.

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