Sustainability, resilience and food security: research programme
Technical challenges associated with reducing or replacing single use plastic packaging within the food and drink industry
Campden BRI project 147091 (Jan 2019 – Dec 2021)
The usage of single use plastic packaging is widespread across many food and beverage categories including plastic bottles for juice/milk, trays and pots for goods such as meats and combination meals and multilayer plastics for snacks and packaging to cook products within satisfying consumer convenience and prevent cross contamination. Consumers have become aware of the negative effect single use plastic packaging is having when discarded irresponsibly and wish to see less single use plastics. This project will provide members with a better understanding of the UK’s recycling infrastructure for single use plastic packaging and exploring alternative materials and the technical challenges faced by packaging/ food companies in reducing or removing single use plastics so they can make tactical, immediate changes. Testing looking at alternative materials for a range of food/drink applications will be carried out and practical case studies will be produced. Consumer understanding of recycling and their acceptance of alternative materials will also be explored. This will allow members to make longer term strategic choices.
Connsensys: Connecting smart sensor systems for the food industry
Campden BRI Hungary project (Nov 2018 - Oct 2020)
The food industry is taking its first steps towards Industry 4.0 and the ‘factory of the future’. The overall objective of the project is to set up a platform, with a joint cluster partnership strategy, implementation roadmap and interregional investment projects, between food and electronic/ICT cluster organisations and relevant research and technology organisations, to lower the barriers for food companies to access the newest smart sensor systems, to enable the internet of things (IoT) transition of the food industry. The food industry has specific requirements for sensors and the related IT challenges and expects machine manufacturers to integrate these sensors in the equipment/machines they produce. By creating this European smart sensor systems platform, stakeholders will get a better understanding of the possibilities and requirements for these technologies. The project will facilitate the implementation of the smart sensor systems technologies by setting up living labs, where the technologies can be demonstrated. The aim of the model is to increase the awareness and explore the application of existing, upcoming smart sensor systems for the food industry followed by implementation.
SMARTCHAIN: Towards innovation-driven and smart solutions in short food supply chains
Campden BRI Hungary project (Sep 2018 - Sep 2021)
SMARTCHAIN is an initiative of 43 partners in seven EU and two associated countries in the area of short food supply chains (SFSCs). The central objectives of the project are to foster and accelerate the shift towards collaborative short food supply chains and, through specific actions and recommendations, to introduce new robust business models and innovative practical solutions that enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of the European agri-food system. SMARTCHAIN partners will identify the main needs or instruments required to implement collaborative short food supply chains, which can increase farm incomes, provide an exhaustive inventory of practical solutions, develop robust new business models and make policy recommendations. To strengthen co-creation and collaboration between partners and ensure double-directional flow of information between research and practice within the SMARTCHAIN consortium, nine innovation and collaboration hubs will be established from the very beginning of the project. SMARTCHAIN will generate concrete actions for knowledge transfer, through the organisation of at least 18 innovation workshops and training activities for farmers and short food supply chain entrepreneurs. Within this project, 18 short food supply chains will be analysed as case studies in seven EU and two associated countries.
GLOPACK: Granting society with LOw environmental impact innovative PACKaging
Campden BRI Hungary project (Jun 2018 - Jun 2021)
GLOPACK is aiming to develop food packaging without any environmental footprint that would allow to extend the shelf life of the food products. GLOPACK focuses on the practical applicability of the three most promising advances in the food packaging area by building them from existing key enabling but simply applicable technologies through the development of:
- new, innovative bio-circular packaging by the conversion of agri-food residues (PHA and ligno-cellulosic fibers) into food packaging applications (e.g. bio-composite films and rigid/semi-rigid trays)
- active packaging with O2 scavengers and volatiles antimicrobial emitters with RH triggered release mechanism to improve food preservation and shelf-life without additives
- RFID enabled wireless food spoilage indicators as new generation of self-adjusting food date label to track food quality during the storage
A multi-criteria decision support system (DSS) will be developed to provide unique and specific guidance to food and packaging SMEs in terms of technical assistance for selection among eco-innovative packaging alternatives. Within the framework of GLOPACK, the efficiency of the packaging concept will be demonstrated with three types of food product (ready to eat organic vegetarian burger, fresh cheese as a dairy product and a meat product).
Campden BRI project 144035 (Jan 2018 – Dec 2019)
There is a requirement for companies to comply with BRC Global Food Safety Standard 7 (Chapter 5.4) by minimising the risk of purchasing fraudulent or adulterated food raw materials and to ensure that all product descriptions and claims are legal, accurate and verified. In some situations, testing of high risk raw materials and ingredients by using suitable tests will be needed. This project will demonstrate use of a simple handheld spectroscopy device for rapid raw material screening and provide information on best practise for generation of a spectral data used for calibrations. The project will also demonstrate alternate high-end tests used to investigate non-conforming materials identified by spectroscopy.
Using spent brewery grain to create a high fibre food ingredient
Campden BRI project 141268
Funded by Innovate UK
A collaboration between Mondelez International, Molson Coors, Campden BRI, Naturis and Atritor will develop and evaluate applications for a high fibre value-added ingredient generated from spent brewery grain. This project will call on the combined knowledge of these companies, whose expertise spans the full food chain from raw material generation and ingredient manufacture, through engineering, analytical and consumer science testing, product development and application to commercialisation of the new ingredient.
SEAFOODTOMORROW: Nutritious, safe and sustainable seafood for consumers of tomorrow
Campden BRI Hungary project (Nov 2017 – Oct 2020)
This project aims to validate and optimise commercial
solutions for improving the socioeconomic and
environmental sustainability of the seafood production and
processing industry, while contributing to product quality
and safety. Activities will focus on the sustainable
production and processing of nutritious and safe seafood
products through the demonstration and first application in
the market of eco-innovative, sustainable solutions of
marine and aquaculture-derived food products and
nutrients. The project will take into account impacts across
different regions and population segments, as well as the
specificities of different types of seafood. Activities will
include utilisation of agro and seafood by-products to
develop sustainable feeds for aquaculture enabling the
production of tailor made products fortified with specific
essential nutrients for consumers, assess the feasibility of
salt replacers in seafood, validate digestible, attractive,
functional and nutritionally adapted seafood for senior
people and youths, validate strategies to prevent/remove
contaminants from seafood, and optimise sensors and
biosensors for the assessment of safety.
The consortium expects strengthening the wider utilisation of eco-innovative solutions, as a result of greater user acceptance, higher visibility of these innovative solutions and creation of scalable markets and increasing the availability of healthier seafood to improve consumers’ diet and health. The consortium is built on interdisciplinary research teams of 19 RTDs involved, renowned by its top-quality applied technological development and with strong and cohesive links gathered in previous funded activities (e.g. FP7 ECsafeSEAFOOD), thus anticipating successful outcomes. In addition, 4 IAGs and 13 SMEs with diverse and complementary interests in the solutions under validation and optimisation will also integrate the consortium.
No Agro–Waste: Innovative approaches to turn agricultural waste into ecological and economic assets
Campden BRI Hungary project (Jan 2016 – Sep 2020)
Horizon 2020 – WASTE-7-2015: Ensuring sustainable use of agricultural waste, co-products and by-products (Project reference number: 688338)
Agro-waste represents a huge biomass resource that can be converted into sustainable bio-products. Driven by a “zero-waste” society requirement, NoAW aims to develop a circular economy approach applicable to agricultural waste on a territorial and seasonal basis. NoAW will establish new innovative eco-design and assessment tools for circular agro-waste management. Agro-waste resource use efficiency will be improved by upgrading the most widespread technology, anaerobic digestion, and by eco-design of innovative bio-processes and products (biomaterials, bio-molecules, bio-fertilisers and bio-energy). NoAW will involve all in the agriculture chain in order to ensure and accelerate the development of new business concepts.
Identification and monitoring activity on emerging issues in alcohol safety and legislation
Campden BRI project 132109
Early warning of emerging issues and legislative changes is essential to reduce the impact of food safety and compliance issues in alcoholic beverages. This project involves horizon scanning using various sources on information including both technical and government information and is international in scope. The work is collated into a monthly bulletin which is circulated electronically to members.