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PROJECT MOTIVATION

The commercial drive for such a product is provided by the growing global demand for dried foods. Dried food has many advantages such as cheaper transportation costs, longer storage life and ease of use. BioActiveLayer provides a unique alternative to the existing solution of Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP). BioActiveLayer will provide a cost-effective and fully recyclable solution to the dried food industry. The tailor-made material will also maintain product quality and assure food safety, providing a shelf-life of up to 24 months.

A TECHNOLOGICAL DEMAND

The demand for ‘advanced’ packaging technologies is higher than ever. Consumers and manufacturers alike are seeking extended shelf life and improved reliability. The EU food packaging industry alone uses approximately 247,000 tonnes per annum of thin aluminium foil, which when applied in laminated structures, means that there is currently no adequate or proven technology capable of fully recycling these materials in an efficient and cost-effective manner. This results in more than 80% of current MAP packaging being sent to land fill.

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