Innovative and novel food packaging techniques are evolving in response to consumer demands for minimally processed, more natural, fresh and convenient food products. The rising issues of food borne microbial outbreaks which demands the use of packaging with antimicrobial effects also lead to innovation in food packaging technology. Novel concepts of active and intelligent packaging play an important role by offering numerous innovative solutions for extending the shelf-life and improving or monitoring the food quality. Active packaging refers to the incorporation of certain additives into packaging film or within packaging containers with the aim of maintaining and extending product shelf life.Intelligent packaging system is capable of sensing and providing information about the function and properties of packaged food and also monitors the condition of packaged food or the environment surrounding the food. The objective of this review is to provide an overview of the current commercial applications of food packaging and recent developments in different types of food packaging technologies.