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A Flexible Sustainable Active and Intelligent Packaging Technology Platform Enabling Enhanced Shelf Life, Quality and Safety of Fresh Food Produce

Objective

ISA-Pack will develop a flexible sustainable, active and intelligent technology platform for the packaging of fresh food produce, targeting extended shelf life and quality, enhanced safety and reduced food and packaging waste. Whilst suitable for a wide range of foods, ISA-Pack will validate the resulting materials and technologies for modified atmosphere and stretch wrap packaging of fresh beef steaks. Key objectives include:

- to develop novel unsaturated polyhydroxybutyrate copolymer materials derived from microbial fermentation of sustainable feedstocks and incorporating low volume cross linkages, demonstrating enhanced properties suitable for high performance gas barrier and stretch film packaging applications;

- to identify synergistic combinations of active food preservation chemistries that may be covalently bound (grafted) within polymeric materials using reactive extrusion techniques; resulting in high efficacy active packaging materials, impacting minimally on food organoleptic properties, ensuring compliance with food ingredient / migration limits; and demonstrating extended food shelf life and quality and improved safety;

- to develop an accurate, tuneable and reliable intelligent indicator system that may be directly printed onto packaging materials (cost efficiency), combining integrated time temperature indicators (microbe growth) with lipid oxidation indicators (freshness), thereby providing assurances of food shelf life, safety and quality;

- to validate the ISA-Pack results within industrial packaging production processes, including performance assessment with regards to active and intelligent functionality and impact on food shelf-life, quality and safety;

- to undertake a full life cycle and economic assessment of the ISA-Pack products, ensuring clear and quantified results addressing specific priority concerns;

Through extension of shelf life the ISA-Pack seeks to reduce retailer supply chain wastage of fresh food produce by 75%.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2011-5
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

THE UK MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
Address
Middle Aston House
OX25 5PT Middle Aston
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 409 068
Administrative Contact
Andrew Dean (Mr.)

Participants (9)

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 556 732
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
May Chung (Ms.)
Campden BRI
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 398 087
Address
Station Road
GL55 6LD Chipping Campden
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Clare Cairns (Ms.)
INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DEL EMBALAJE, TRANSPORTE Y LOGISTICA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 382 725
Address
Calle Albert Einstein 1 Parque Tecnologico De Valencia
46980 Paterna
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ana Viñas Ruiz (Ms.)
DOMINO PRINTING SCIENCES PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 199 680
Address
Trafalgar Way Bar Hill
CB23 8TU Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lee Metters (Mr.)
BIOPAC (UK) LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 242 493
Address
Aintree Road Units 19 & 20 Keytec Business Park
WR10 2JN Pershore
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eric Graham (Mr.)
FKUR KUNSTSTOFF GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 210 015
Address
Siemensring 79
47877 Willich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniel Peltzer (Mr.)
OMNIFORM SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 198 846
Address
Avenue Franklin - Zoning Industriel Nord 2
1301 Wavre
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alain Wambeke (Mr.)
WANDA MARIA SZPERLINSKA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 174 540
Address
Ul. Cicha 3 M 1
61 710 Poznan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jacek Gazda (Mr.)
ASOCIACION EMPRESARIAL DE INVESTIGACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO DEL CALZADOY DEL PLASTICO DE LA REGION DE MURCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 227 760
Address
Avenida Europa 4 5 Poligono Industrial Las Salinas
30840 Alhama De Murcia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
María Del Mar Villavieja Hidalgo (Dr.)