FDBusiness.com

AIMPLAS develops biodegradable and recyclable packages for cheeses and fresh pasta

 Breaking News
  • UK Grocery Prices Rising at Fastest Rate in Four Years The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 5 November 2017, show UK supermarket sales have increased in value by 3.2% year-on-year in the run up to Christmas. Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, explains: “Volume sales have increased by less than 1%, meaning it’s [...]...
  • Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing to Go Ahead in Scotland The UK Supreme Court has ruled that minimum unit pricing for alcohol, which was passed overwhelmingly by the Scottish Parliament in 2012, can now proceed. Scottish Health Secretary Shona Robison has welcomed the decision and confirmed she intends to make a statement to Parliament shortly, setting out the Scottish Government’s next steps. Following the unequivocal backing [...]...
  • GEA Brings Together Technologies to Supply Extended Production Line For BMI GEA has recently been selected to supply an extended pasta filata cheese production line for BMI in Jessen, Germany. With this exemplary project GEA brings together its joint cheese-making expertise, resulting from its acquisition of de Klokslag and CMT in 2014 and 2015 respectively, with GEA’s flow and processing experience to provide a single offering for this [...]...
  • Bosch Packaging Technology Wins German Design Award 2018 The Sigpack VPF (Vertical Platform for Flat Pouches), the first freely scalable flat pouch machine from Bosch, has been honoured with the German Design Award 2018 in the Excellent Product Design category. The German Design Council presents the prestigious award on an annual basis. The German Design Award is the second prestigious accolade for the [...]...
  • Premier Foods Returns to Revenue Growth Premier Foods, the UK convenience food group, has reported group revenue of £353.3 million for the 26 weeks ended 30 September 2017 – an increase of 1.5% on the prior period – with Branded revenue in line with last year at £295.4 million while Non-branded revenue increased by 10.1% to £57.9 million. Group reported half year [...]...

AIMPLAS develops biodegradable and recyclable packages for cheeses and fresh pasta

May 12
10:14 2014

The Technological Institute of Plastic coordinates an European project which will launch on the market new multilayer biodegradable and recyclable packages for cheeses and fresh food, but maintaining their lifespan.

 75% of raw materials are expected to be used to manufacture new recyclable packages.

 Valencia (Thursday, 8th May 2014).

The Technological Institute of Plastic (AIMPLAS) coordinates other nine companies and technological centers which work on the European project BIO4MAP in order to develop a new transparent, multilayer, barrier, totally biodegradable and recyclable package for fresh food and different kinds of cheeses that require a Modified Atmosphere Packaging.

Among the partners of this project, it is highlighted the inter-supplier of Mercadona Central Quesera Montesinos, a potential and user company of the new packages for its cheesecake. Similarly, Spanish companies participate also in the project, such as Vallés Plàstic, which will be the responsible for applying a new coating made of natural waxes in order to  achieve the needed humidity barrier, and therefore, to maintain the lifespan of packaged food. Artibal, a manufacturer of waxes, lacquers and inks, also participates in the project and it is the responsible of the formulation of this water barrier coating.

Other companies that will package their products with the new packages developed in this project are: the Belgian company Altoni-Kelderman -manufacturer of fresh pasta- , and the German one Sachsenmilch, which will package slices of cheese. In addition, the manufacturer PLA Hycail – which is going to develop a biodegradable adhesive suitable for being processed through co-extrusion technologies- , the Finish investigation center Abo Akademi, the French company transformer and manufacturer of packages Bobino Plastique, and the German technogical center Fraunhofer IVV –which is focus on the development of waxes used to the coating – participate also in this project

“The function of AIMPLAS in this project, besides of complying with the tasks as coordinator of the project, is focused on the development of biodegradable and barrier material necessary to fulfill the final requirements of the food to be packaged, and it is the responsible for processing the new materials which are being developed to obtain the new multilayer package”, Nuria López explains, the main researcher of the project in AIMPLAS.

R+D in all the layers

At least two types of thermoplastic and biodegradables materials will be combined in the design of the new package, mainly the polylactic acid (PLA) and polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH). The first one has excellent mechanical properties and high transparency, and the second one has high barrier to gases and is also water-soluble, which allows the package to be recyclable and biodegradable. In order to raise the barrier effect against the water vapor of both materials, a biodegradable coating made of natural waxes from agricultural wastes will be applied and it will cover the external layer of the multilayer package.

Linked by a new generation of biodegradable adhesives which will be also developed during the project, the different layers of the package ensure the consumer that they will extend the lifespan of food, at least in the same way that the packages manufactured with traditional materials. However, there is a difference between them: new packages will be manufactured with, at least, 75% of raw materials from renewable sources, so they will be biodegradable.

BIO4MAP project is funded by the European Union Seventh Framework Programme, managed by REA-Research Executive Agency (FP7/2007-2013) under Grant Agreement n° 606144 (BIO4MAP). This project will last 30 month and has a budget of 1,5 million euro.

About Author

admin

admin

Related Articles



Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

Upcoming Events

  • November 28, 2017Fi Europe
  • December 4, 2017Plastics and Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs 2017
  • January 8, 2018RAI Exhibition
  • January 16, 2018Sival Plant Production Trade Show
AEC v1.0.4

Jobs: Food Packaging

find food jobs

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

New Subscriber





Subscribe Here



Advertisements