The EIT Food website is not compatible with Internet Explorer. Please visit our website with another browser, like Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari, for the best possible experience.
Consumer and Manufacturing Driven Alternative Packaging Solutions from Agrifood Waste Streams

Consumer and Manufacturing Driven Alternative Packaging Solutions from Agrifood Waste Streams

We aim to design innovation led packaging for red meat, fish & poultry made from material derived from agrifood waste. The issue of waste plastic in the food industry has led to strong consumer demand for producers & retailers to remove single use & reduce hard-to-dispose plastic.

Suitable materials for meat, fish & poultry have constraints such as the need for an oxygen barrier & stability at higher temperatures, so wide-scale use of alternatives has so far been low. To counteract this, we will focus on consumer & packaging industry acceptance; ease & efficiency of production; effective function; and effective disposal based on consumer education without contaminating the waste stream. Using full circularity, we will divert non-edible food waste into new value chains in the packaging industry. We will assess the sustainability of the new material using lifecycle analysis & aim to achieve a net-net result for producers & the environment, reducing CO₂ and water use.

Partners

The following partners are involved in the project

ABP
FRAUNHOFER
QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Waitrose

Project team

Eoin Cunningham
Institution

Queen's University of Belfast

Contact details

e.cunningham@qub.ac.uk

Related projects

MIDSA - MIcroencapsulated Diets for Sustainable Aquaculture
Innovation

MIDSA - MIcroencapsulated Diets for Sustainable Aquaculture

However, bivalve industry growth is falling behind fish aquaculture due to critical defects in the production process. Feed defects, disease, and quality issues are throttling production. We will develop a...

Quality Information Services and Dietary Advice for Personalized Nutrition in Europe
Innovation

Quality Information Services and Dietary Advice for Personalized Nutrition in Europe

The work includes: Programming the platform functionality with additional services (apps, diagnostics) with external business partners; Proof of principle trial in two countries using an innovative App (eNutri) to deliver...

Digital Twin Management
Innovation

Digital Twin Management

An additional advantage is the possible reduction of unnecessary waste. We will extend the infrastructure at Givaudan and Strauss and the digital twin platform set up in 2018 for collecting additional...

Related articles

Call for proposals - Consumer Engagement Labs 2020 New Product Development

Call for proposals - Consumer Engagement Labs 2020

23 January 2020

EIT Food is looking for 6 consortia consisting of 3 organisations operating in the same country (scientific organisation + food retailer/producer + start-up) that would participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs....

From student to startup: how EIT Food is helping young entrepreneurs to have real impact in society Entrepreneurship

From student to startup: how EIT Food is helping young entrepreneurs to have real impact in society

27 November 2019

Improving the food system requires innovative solutions that have real impact. However, achieving impact is challenging because the best ideas and talent often struggle to reach the open market and....