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Active Multilayer Packaging based on Optimized PLA formulations for Minimally Processed Vegetables and Fruits

Objective

Fresh Cut Products category refers to fresh vegetables, fruit and market garden products without thermal treatment, prepared, washed and packaged without the incorporation of additives or preservatives and, as an essential requirement, demands the maintenance of the cold chain for its perfect conservation and has a shelf life of approximately 7 days. PLA4FOOD proposal deals with the development of innovative active and biodegradable packaging for fresh-cut food products based on renewable resources thermoplastic materials (PLA-polylactic acid) functionalised with the synergic addition of additives from natural sources (antioxidants, antibacterial and antifungal) in order to increase the shelf-life of packed products. Different encapsulation routes will be tested to protect active additives from processing conditions and to have controlled migration rates. Additionally, to minimize PLA current limitations in flexibility, water barrier properties and processability different additives will be studied including bio-based lactic-acid plasticizers, inorganic nanofillers and organic nucleants. Co-extrusion techniques (blow-film and cast-sheet and thermoforming) will be developed to obtain multilayer structures from different PLA formulations, in order to achieve the best cost/benefit ratio and optimal performance of the active packaging by controlling the thickness and cristallinity of each layer. As a result of this combination of material advances and processing technology improvements, a high performance active food packaging beyond of current state of- the- art will be obtained. The new active and biodegradable packages from renewable sources will provide minimal processed fresh-cut products adequate protection against environmental agents, will improve product properties (quality, shelf-life, microbiological safety and nutritional values), and moreover, will degrade in composting conditions according to the standard UNE-EN 13432.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2010-1
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Coordinator

AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS
Address
Valencia Parc Technologic Calle Gustave Eiffel 4
46980 Paterna Valencia
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 38 771,66
Administrative Contact
Valentin Polo Ramirez (Mr.)

Participants (9)

DOMCA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 219 615,22
Address
Camino De Jayena Sn
18620 Alhendin Granada
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carlos Girela Baena (Mr.)
ADDCOMP HOLLAND BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 226 389,83
Address
Rudolf Dieselstraat 8
RUDOLF DIESELSTRAAT Nijverdal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Margareth Koppes (Dr.)
ALESCO GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 171 611,90
Address
Schonthaler Strasse 55
52379 Langerwehe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Heinz Mundt (Mr.)
POLYRAZ PLASTICS INDUSTRIES
Israel
EU contribution
€ 167 804,64
Address
Kibbutz Maoz Haim
10845 Maoz Haim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Amotz Tal (Mr.)
PROYECTOS MECANICOS LEVANTE S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 175 235,41
Address
Camino Pla De Museros - Poligono Les Forques 1
12550 Almazora
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jaime Segarra Campañá (Mr.)
TROYKA MAKINA GIDA INSAAT MUHENDISLIK ENERJI CEVRE BILISIM ARASTIRMA GELISTIRME DANISMANLIK SANAYI VE PAZARLAMA LIMITED SIRKETI

Participation ended

Turkey
EU contribution
€ 50 001,32
Address
Odtu Teknokent Ikizler Binasi
06531 Ankara
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nuri Akkas (Prof.)
STRAUSS GROUP LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 25 433,40
Address
Hasivim St 49
49517 Petach Tikva
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Avner (Mr.)
TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 13 464
Address
Senate Building Technion City
32000 Haifa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jack Lavan (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 20 518,30
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andrea Zeumann (Ms.)