GLOPACK (Granting society with LOw environmental impact innovative PACKaging) is a European Horizon 2020 innovation project, which runs from 2018 to 2021 and is aimed at supporting food producers and consumers to gain access to innovative solutions for food packaging while at the same time enabling the reduction of food waste in agriculture.
GLOPACK focuses on increasing the applicability of three important promising technologies in the field of food packaging:
- biodegradable materials made with agro-feed residues, active packaging to improve food retention and shelf life without additives
- Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) – systems that use smartphone-readable food labels that monitor the freshness of in-pack foods
- GLOPACK will enable the introduction of these technologies by developing a user-friendly software for food product manufacturers to select the right packaging solution for their product (s).
GLOPACK provides a stakeholder platform
- For example, they involve stakeholders in the food industry (retailers, industrial associations, policy makers and representatives of civil society) in the project to identify the existing market barriers.
- • A sounding board is created around ideas on how to overcome market barriers.
- The platform is used as a steering committee for the implementation of the GLOPACK project.
The project is coordinated by the University of Montpellier and the consortium consists of 16 partners from research organizations, universities and private companies from Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy and Portugal. The only Belgian participants in this international project are U-Gent (knowledge center), Colruyt and La vie est belle (producer). More info: www.glopack202.eu
“This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 773375”