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Pilot line production of functional polymer nanocomposites from natural halloysite nanotubes: demonstrating controlled release of active antimicrobials in food packaging applications.

Objective

"NanoPack will demonstrate a solution for extending food shelf life by using novel smart antimicrobial surfaces, applied in active food packaging products. It will run pilot lines in operational industrial environments to manufacture commercially feasible antimicrobial polymer films, accepted by consumers. It will minimize the amount of preservatives required to maintain freshness, add value and assure safety to the entire supply chain. The project will employ natural Halloysite Nanotubes (HNTs) as reliable and safe carriers of bio-active compounds which are unable to migrate from the food packaging into food. Maximising safety, they slowly release minute amounts of potent, volatile and broad-spectrum natural agents into the packaging headspace. Using nanotechnology enables 1) introducing sensitive molecules into polymer films; 2) anti-microbial functionality without impaired film properties; 3) manufacturing potent antimicrobial surfaces with tunable properties, while creating a pH-triggered ""gate keeper” effect to slow down release of the payload encapsulated. The resulting film will exhibit antimicrobial properties unmet by the current state-of-the-art.
The processes across the supply chain will be validated through 5 pilot runs on existing production lines: 1) loading antimicrobials, 2) anti-microbial HNT polymer production, 3) anti-microbial packaging film production and 4-5) using the novel packaging on food products. Commercial feasibility will be assessed, including consumer acceptance and legal, regulatory, safety and environmental aspects.
The success of NanoPack will result in validated consumer-accepted nanotechnology-based antimicrobial food packaging that will enhance food safety, prevent foodborne illness outbreaks and reduce food waste caused by early spoilage. Better performing, safer and ‘smarter’ products will position Europe as the leader in food nanotechnology & smart antimicrobial packaging while increasing competitiveness and industry growth."

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-PILOTS-2016
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Address
Senate Building Technion City
32000 Haifa
Israel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 021 250

Participants (17)

BIO BASE EUROPE PILOT PLANT VZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 636 000
Address
Rodenhuizekaai 1
9042 Desteldonk Gent
Activity type
Other
CARMEL OLEFINS LIMITED
Israel
EU contribution
€ 487 375
Address
Haifa
31014 Haifa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CONSTANTIA FLEXIBLES INTERNATIONAL GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 372 050
Address
Handelskai 92, Rivergate
1200 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TOMMEN GRAM FOLIE AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 203 293
Address
Halsanveien 3-11
7600 Levanger
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ASOCIACION PARA LA INVESTIGACION DESARROLLO E INNOVACION DEL SECTOR AGROALIMENTARIO - AIDISA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 200 000
Address
Carretera Nacional 120 Km 22.8
26315 Aleson La Rioja
Activity type
Research Organisations
DAWN MEATS GROUP
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 254 625
Address
Grannagh
X91 HRRS Waterford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARLA FOODS AMBA
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 254 625
Address
Sonderhoj 14
8260 Viby J
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
M. FERREIRA & FILHAS LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 136 500
Address
Avenida Do Sabor 2
5300 367 Gimonde Braganca
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VERTECH GROUP
France
EU contribution
€ 475 125
Address
11 Rue Defly
06000 Nice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 409 375
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
DHI A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 341 250
Address
Agern Alle 5
2970 Hoersholm
Activity type
Other
DET NATIONALE FORSKNINGSCENTER FORARBEJDSMILJO
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 400 000
Address
Lerso Parkalle 105
2100 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Research Organisations
DE FERRANTE PRIVATE HOLDING B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 126 000
Address
Predikherenstraat 5
3512TL Utrecht
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EUROPEAN FOOD INFORMATION COUNCIL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 281 250
Address
Rue Des Deux Eglises 14
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
STICHTING EFFOST
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 353 750
Address
Nieuwe Kanaal 9 A
6709 PA Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 375 000
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGORA P.S.V.D.
Israel
EU contribution
€ 337 750
Address
Hamapiliemstreet 17/3
92545 Jerusalem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)