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BioBarr

Advanced biomaterials for smart food packaging

The BioBarr Project (New Bio-based Food Packaging Materials with Enhanced Barrier Properties, Grant Agreement No. 745586) was born under the Horizon 2020 Program of the European Commission and the Bio-Based Industries Public-Private Partnership. Starting on June 1st 2017, in its four years of activity it will involve 7 prestigious European partners – both public and private, from Italy, Spain, Denmark and Finland. The overall, extremely ambitious goal is to develop new biodegradable materials suitable for the food industry with excellent barrier functionality. The innovative biomaterial on which the Project will focus is the Bio-on bioplastics, as a potential substitute for conventional polymers. It will be produced from organic wastes, extruded to get a film and functionalized through two different alternative techniques for testing. The film will be validated on an industrial scale, initially on a limited number of food products, with different shelf life and durability requirements, demonstrating the ability to increase shelf-life of the products by at least 10% compared to ad-hoc solutions currently in use. Tecnoalimenti participates to the project as Scientific-Technical Coordinator, but also with technical research activities in the field of economics and as end-user, with the eye of industry, therefore: i) verifying that process requirements, technical problems, regulatory constraints and consumer’s tastes are strongly taken into consideration in the development of the innovative solutions proposed by the project, ii) with industrial packaging tests and related assessments.

Project partners

• Tecnoalimenti S.C.p.A. (Coordinator, Italy)
• BIO-ON S.p.A. (Italy)
• CHIMIGRAF IBERICA S.L. (Spain)
• Centro Nacional de Tecnologia y Seguridad Alimentaria (CNTA) – Laboratorio de Ebro (Spain)
• DANMARK TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET (Denmark)
• ICIMENDUE SRL (Italy)
• TTY-SAATIO – Tampere University of Technology (Finland)