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Hatzopoulos to create biodegradable packaging for dried food products

Hatzopoulos has commenced a new packaging development project to create a biodegradable, multi-layered packaging for dried food products.

The new collaborative project is being developed with the financial support of about €1.2m from the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme.

According to Hatzopoulos, the bio-based packaging to the current solutions available for modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) will provide a fully recyclable solution to the dried food industry.

Made with BioActiveLayer material, the new packaging is said to maintain product quality and assure food safety, providing a shelf-life of up to one year.

The project aims to enhance the paper-based, bio-degradable, multi-layer structure by increasing the paper moisture barrier by applying blends of waxes and resins. The main moisture barrier improvement will depend on a composite based in PHA.

Hatzopoulos project coordinator Lefteris Tourasanidis said that dried food has many advantages such as cheaper transportation costs, longer storage life and ease of use.

"Our aim is to successfully introduce a completely renewable and biodegradable packaging solution that will maintain freshness and cut such high levels of packaging waste." Tourasanidis said.

Commenced on 1 September 2013, the work on the project will continue for two years.

The partners involved in the project are Hatzopoulos, Nuevas Tecnicas de Coloracion, Skymark Packaging International, Belourthe, Plusfresc, Instituto Tecnologico del Embalaje, Transporte y Logistica, Wageningen University (Netherlands) and the UK Materials Research Institute.