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BIOCOPAC - Development of bio-based coating from tomato processing wastes intended for metal packaging

  • 25327
  • CORDIS - PROJECTS 25/11/2011
  • RISULTATO

The goal of the project is to develop a bio-lacquer for the protection of metal food packaging to meet the demand for sustainable production and for the safeguarding of consumer health, at the same time increasing the competitiveness of the metal cans industry, valorising the wastes produced by the preserved industry and reducing refuse. The core of the research is the development of a natural lacquer obtained from industrial tomato processing by-products (skins), to be applied on the internal and external surfaces of cans for foodstuffs. The new type of packaging is a response to the needs of the SMEs involved in the project (lacquer producer, can makers and the preserving industry), to increase their economic and commercial competitiveness, by improving the quality of the metal cans. In fact, a highly innovative eco-friendly packaging is obtained which is less dangerous for consumer health and able to compete with other packaging materials, such as plastic.

This aspect is very important, since metal packaging is currently perceived by the consumer as being out of date. The research starts with the analysis and characterisation of tomato wastes, leading to the formulation of bio- lacquers applicable to metal materials on normal production lines. The new lacquers have as main component the biopolymer cutin extracted from the cuticle of the fruit by means of an optimised and standardised method. After the evaluation of the chemico-physical and hygiene-health (according to EU legislation) properties of the new lacquers produced, their suitability will be confirmed by the production of cans and their packaging with the main food products. In this way, at the end of the project it will be possible to have a complete indication as to the use of the new lacquers in contact with food products and of their economic and environmental benefits. The 2-year RTD+I workplan is implemented by a consortium of 12 partners (4 SMEs, 3 endusers and 4 RTD performers) from 7 EU countries


Start date: 2011-12-01
End date: 2013-11-30

Duration: 24 months

Project Reference: 286446

Project cost: 1.05 million euro
Project Funding: 812497.00 euro

Subprogramme Area: SME-2011-1 Research for SMEs
Contract type: Research for SMEs


Coordinatore: - Stazione Sperimentale per l'Industria delle Conserve Alimentari - Ermes MONICA

Altri Partecipanti

  • SALCHI METALCOAT SRL - ITALY
  • CONSERVAS MARTINETE SA - SPAIN
  • CHIESA VIRGINIO - ITALY
  • ASOCIACION EMPRESARIAL DE INVESTIGACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO NACIONAL AGROALIMENTARIO EXTREMADURA - SPAIN
  • RODOLFI MANSUETO SPA - ITALY
  • SCHEKOLIN - LIECHTENSTEIN
  • NATIONAL CAN HELLAS ANONIMI ETAIRIA PARAGOGIS KAI EMPORIAS LEFKOSIDIRON DOCHION - GREECE
  • SAUPIQUET S.A.S - FRANCE
  • FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION - SPAIN
  • SYNPO AKCIOVA SPOLECNOST - CZECH REPUBLIC
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Quadro di finanziamento
  • 7FP-SME : RICERCA A FAVORE DELLE PMI nell'ambito del programma specifico “Capacità” recante attuazione del Settimo programma quadro (2007-2013) di attività comunitarie di ricerca, sviluppo tecnologico e dimostrazione
Area di interesse
  • Unione Europea