FDBusiness.com

Holfeld to develop antimicrobial packs made from orange pith

 Breaking News
  • Kerry Group Benefits From Unique Business Model Kerry Group, the global taste, nutrition and consumer foods business, has reported a 3.1% increase in revenue to €6.6 billion for the year ended 31 December 2018, reflecting strong volume growth and contribution from acquisitions, partially offset by adverse currency movements. Business volumes grew by 3.5% and pricing decreased by 0.5% against a backdrop of [...]...
  • Premier Foods Discontinues Ambrosia Sale Process Premier Foods has decided not to proceed with the potential disposal of its Ambrosia brand. A number of parties expressed interest in the business, and since the New Year Premier Foods has been engaged in detailed discussions with a small group of potential buyers. However, the Premier borad has concluded that in the present business [...]...
  • Heineken Maintains Strong Top Line Growth in 2018 Heineken achieved organic net revenue growth of 6.1% to €22.471 billion in 2018, with a 4.0% increase in total consolidated volume and a 2.0% increase in revenue (beia) per hectolitre. Operating profit (beia) rose organically by 6.4% to €3.868 billion but the operating profit margin (beia) slipped by 17 bps to 17.2%. Net profit for [...]...
  • Another Year of Progress For Nestlé Nestlé has reported a 2.1% increase in sales to SFr91.4 billion (€80.6 billion) for 2018 with organic growth of 3% and group RIG of 2.5%, which was at the high end of the food and beverage industry, helped by faster innovation and successful new product launches. 2018 organic growth was supported by stronger momentum in [...]...
  • Fast-growing Asia Maternal Nutrition Market to Boost Demand For Dairy ingredients and Formula Maternal nutrition is a hot new opportunity in emerging markets, according to the latest report from food and drink experts, Zenith Global. In many parts of Asia, the concept of optimal nutrition during the first 1,000 days of a baby’s life (from conception to two years old) is capturing the attention of mothers and their [...]...

Holfeld to develop antimicrobial packs made from orange pith

January 14
10:54 2013

Holfeld Plastics has linked up with Citrox Bio-Sciences to develop antimicrobial packaging made from orange pith, to help prevent food waste and promote food safety

Ireland-based rigid plastics firm Holfeld has been working with the research and development company on a trial to supply packaging based on bioflavonoids sourced from Spanish bitter oranges to help extend product shelf life and fight food waste.

The project is part funded through the European Commission and is called Ecopeat. The project will last for two years and the companies are currently six months through it.

Reducing food waste

Speaking to PN, Holfeld research and development manager Pat Ward said that the project could potentially solve the problem of food waste. The news came as the issue of food waste was highlighted in yesterday’s report from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

The oranges used in the trial are normally used for flavourings and colourings. However, the company realised that the pith [porous white tissue in the orange] was not being used.

Ward said that the firms were working on developing a plant extract based on bioflavonoids with antimicrobial antioxidant properties.

Formulation

The formulation has been used in products such as antibacterial wipes and gels but not for food-contact packs, according to Ward.

Ward explained that the pack could potentially help the poultry industry, as scientific studies have found that some poultry in supermarkets have high levels of bacteria.

Holfeld has conducted trials with packaging for chicken in Citrox-coated trays and found that it neutralises the chicken juices. Ward said that the chemicals can be integrated into plastics and the absorbent part of the pads.

According to the firm, this potentially results in’5 log’ reductions in the numbers of bacteria such as e-coli, salmonella and campylobacter.

The use is exclusive to Holfeld which has an exclusive licence to use Citrox in packaging applications.

Ward said that the packs could potentially increase shelf-life as well. The product is still under development.

About Author

colin

colin

Related Articles



Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

Upcoming Events

  • June 18, 2019Multimodal 2019
AEC v1.0.4

find food jobs

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

New Subscriber

Subscribe Here



Advertisements