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New multi-active cardboard packaging solution to extend the shelf-life of fresh fruits and vegetables by 40%.

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Project "FRESHTRAY" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website
 Total cost 838˙750 €
 EC max contribution 587˙125 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3. (PRIORITY 'Societal challenges)
2. H2020-EU.2.3. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Innovation In SMEs)
3. H2020-EU.2.1. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies)
 Code Call H2020-SMEInst-2018-2020-2
 Funding Scheme SME-2
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-06-01   to  2020-01-31


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 Project objective

In the EU28, 5% of the fresh fruits and vegetables (FF&V) yearly traded never make it to the supermarket shelves due to spoilage. This means a waste of 3.9 Mt of food and the loss of 8,970 M€. FF&V spoilage is caused by the contamination of micro-organisms activity (bacteria and fungi) and the F&V’s release of ethylene gas. We have developed FreshTray a cost-effective solution to significantly diminish FF&V discards in Europe. FreshTray is a multi-active cardboard packaging to extend the shelf-life of fresh FF&V by 40%. It consists on the application of a patented multi-active coating – made of natural substances – over the inner surface of the cardboard. This coating has proved antimicrobial, antioxidant and ethylene scavenger functions over the F&V contained in the packaging. We have successfully tested the solution in tomato and pepper. Besides its effectiveness and the price, there are two key additional advantages of our solution against our competitors: (i) easy implementation by users and (ii) versatility of the solution that can be adapted to any FF&V company need. F&V companies will be willing to adopt our solution, since it (i) will provide them more flexibility and bargaining power, (ii) will increase their competitiveness against regular products, (iii) will increase their benefits and (iv) will loss on average 50% less of F&V along the supply chain. In our company SAECO – cardboard packaging manufacturers since 1974 – we enjoy a privilege location close to more than 600 target users (some of them are current customers), since we are based in the south-east of Spain, a region known as the “European’s orchard”. FreshTray will be first launched in Spain and in further stages of commercialization we will reach other EU28 countries. This project will give us the possibility to add value to our products and to open new markets. We will upgrade from selling cardboard, to market advanced multi-active packaging solutions to F&V industries.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Laura Buendía−Moreno, Sonia Soto−Jover, María Ros−Chumillas, Vera Antolinos, Laura Navarro−Segura, María José Sánchez−Martínez, Ginés Benito Martínez−Hernández, Antonio López−Gómez
Innovative cardboard active packaging with a coating including encapsulated essential oils to extend cherry tomato shelf life
published pages: 108584, ISSN: 0023-6438, DOI: 10.1016/j.lwt.2019.108584
LWT 116 2020-03-11
2020 Laura Buendía−Moreno, María José Sánchez−Martínez, Vera Antolinos, María Ros−Chumillas, Laura Navarro−Segura, Sonia Soto−Jover, Ginés Benito Martínez−Hernández, Antonio López−Gómez
Active cardboard box with a coating including essential oils entrapped within cyclodextrins and/or halloysite nanotubes. A case study for fresh tomato storage
published pages: 106763, ISSN: 0956-7135, DOI: 10.1016/j.foodcont.2019.106763
Food Control 107 2020-03-11
2019 Laura Buendía-Moreno, María Ros-Chumillas, Laura Navarro-Segura, María José Sánchez-Martínez, Sonia Soto-Jover, Vera Antolinos, Ginés Benito Martínez-Hernández, Antonio López-Gómez
Effects of an Active Cardboard Box Using Encapsulated Essential Oils on the Tomato Shelf Life
published pages: 1548-1558, ISSN: 1935-5130, DOI: 10.1007/s11947-019-02311-0
Food and Bioprocess Technology 12/9 2020-03-11

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