24 Mar Andaltec joins forces with SP Group and ElPozo in a project to develop more sustainable, recyclable and property-enhanced food packaging
SP Group and ElPozo Food Group have launched a R&D project to develop new sustainable, recyclable and property-enhanced food packaging. The Technological Centre for Plastics (Andaltec) is also involved in this project, which is funded by the Spanish Industrial-Technological Development Centre (CDTI) and intends to market new vacuum and modified-atmosphere packaging systems. These systems will contain diverse active agents authorised by the EFSA, counting with preservative, antioxidant and antibacterial properties.
This food packaging, besides being manufactured in monomaterials in order to be recyclable through more economical procedures, will contain recycled material in order to meet the European Strategy for Plastics 2030. They will also be enhanced to meet the mechanical requirements for food packaging in industrial equipment.
The technicians of the Technological Centre for Plastics will perform tasks such as the analysis of legal and technical requirements, as well as the design, process and validation testing for the development of the polymeric materials of this innovative packaging. Belén Soriano, in charge of this project for Andaltec, states that these initiatives are crucial to provide the food industry with packaging enjoying a double advantage: on the one hand, they are sustainable as they are manufactured with recycled raw materials, and they are easily recyclable because of their monolayer materials. On the other hand, they help to extend the food’s lifespan thanks to their preservative and antioxidant properties, which allows for a reduction in food waste.
The technological centre possesses comprehensive experience in the food packaging area, participating in European projects such as Life rPack2L (improvement in the recycling system of multilayer plastic packaging for the food industry), SusFoFlex (development of smart and sustainable biodegradable packaging for fourth range products) and GraFood (development of active graphene-additivated packaging to extend food’s lifespan). Moreover, Andaltec offers several advanced technological services, such as migration services under the EN 1186 regulation, certified by ENAC; development of property-enhanced packaging or comprehensive consultancy to develop more sustainable packaging.