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The European project SVARNISH continues successfully.
 
The 6 Month consortium meeting of SVARNISH project was held on 15th May 2014. The meeting took place in Melton Mowbray at UK Materials and Technology Research Institute facilities. The delegates from Spain, UK, Greece, Norway, Czech Republic and Turkey joined the meeting. The progress of six months and future plans were discussed. 
 
SVARNISH project aims to develop a varnish with antimicrobial, oxygen and water vapor barrier properties and improved physic-mechanical properties to be used in food industry. 
 
The project purpose is to overcome the packaging limitations by simplifying multilayer structures used in current market and developing environmentally friendly, low cost and recyclable packaging solutions by using the advances in nanotechnology. 
 
The entities that take part in the consortium of the project are the Technological Centers AIDO (Spain), MATRI (United Kingdom), NOFIMA (Norway), and the companies ARTIBAL (Spain),A.HATZOPOULOS S.A. (Greece), SNANO (Turkey),AROMA PRAHA (Czech Republic), and FERRERO SPA (Italy), as end user.
 
The research has received funding from the European Union’sSeventh Framework Program managed by REA Research Executive Agencyhttp://ec.europa.eu/research/rea(FP7/2007‐2013) under grant agreement no.“606446”
 
 
 
 
The European project SVARNISH, a step forward in the food packaging sector
 
The Kick off Meeting of SVARNISH project took place in Valencia at AIDO
headquarters, coordinator of the project. During two years, the new project will
develop a varnish to be used in food packaging, with antimicrobial, oxygen and water
vapour barrier properties and improved physic‐mechanical properties.
 
Food packaging industry needs to be adapted to the current market, meet customer
and environmental requirements, and to differentiate itself from the competitors by
innovating in the packaging structures.
 
Traditional food packaging sector uses multilayer structures to provide different
properties and functionalities to the packaging. The most critical properties are the
oxygen and moisture barrier and the mechanical resistance (to guarantee safe and
quality product). These multilayer structures are expensive and difficult to recycle.
 
Applications of nanotechnology in food packaging have improved some film
characteristics very important for food preservation, but even with these approaches,
multilayer structures are being used yet.
 
SVARNISH project aims to overcome the packaging limitations related to the
traditional food packaging materials, competitive costs, chemical properties
(antimicrobial, oxygen and water vapor), physic‐mechanical properties (simplifying
the multilayer structures, and improving the simples ones) and environmental
impact, using the advances in nanotechnology.
 
We will reduce the price of the food packaging and reduce waste material, decreasing
the manufacturing time and hence, the energy consumption. Furthermore, we will
reduce food waste as consequence of a better conservation conditions and the
resulting films for food packaging will be more easily recycled.
 
The entities that take part in the consortium of the project are the Technological
Centers AIDO (Spain), MATRI (United Kingdom), NOFIMA (Norway), and the
companies ARTIBAL (Spain), A.HATZOPOULOS S.A. (Greece), SNANO (Turkey),
AROMA PRAHA (Czech Republic), and FERRERO SPA (Italy), as end user.
 
The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s
Seventh Framework Programme managed by REA Research Executive Agency
http://ec.europa.eu/research/rea(FP7/2007‐2013) under grant agreement no.
606446”
 
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